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Social Network Guidelines for Ministry Leaders

Social media is here to stay. But how do we train our leaders and even educate ourselves on healthy boundaries and standards to protect everyone in the process? My pal Alan Mercer is working on a social media training element for his ministry and it got me thinking about what we’re doing (or not doing) again.

I came across the Safe Church guidelines shared on Episcopal church of Connecticut’s website. I was impressed with the suggested practices and guidelines. They even include recommendations for email, texting, video chats, and video blogs. The icing on the cupcake here was a link to print a PDF booklet to pass out at training meetings. I’ll be doing this today.

Our church uses Safe Church for background checks, even so, I was unaware of the diversity of their resources. I’m not getting paid to say these things—I just think it’s an valuable resource for us utilize to use to keep our families and everyone we serve safe.

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Brooklyn recently founded The Justice Movement, a church youth movement that helps teenagers help others. Her priority is to inspire and resource youth to break cycles of poverty through faith in action. An ordained pastor, Brooklyn has served in full time youth ministry for the last 16 years, authored numerous books, contributes and communicates for Orange Leaders, and speaks at camps and conferences. She, her husband Coy, and daughters Kirra and Mya live in Lakeland, FL where they like being outside, playing with their dog Marley. www.brooklynlindsey.com @brooklynlindsey/ www.justicemovement.com @thejustmove