Social Media Policy Statement

/content/pages/documents/1529063669.pdfOctober 2017
Edmonton Baptist Church
This Policy governs use of Social Media, in all its current and future forms, where used for
communicating matters relating to Church life, be it by officers, employees, volunteers or members.
It does not cover use of social media of a non-formal nature between church members using personal
social media accounts, but all are advised to note the Policy Guidelines and principles of Good Practice,
remembering that what they publish in their own name can be widely seen and have the capacity for
doing good or harm to their own reputation and that of the Church.
Edmonton Baptist Church recognises that Social Media can be used as an effective and powerful tool
for communicating the gospel, as well as for disseminating information and encouragement to its
However, it also recognises that uncontrolled use of Social Media has the capacity to bring the church,
its leaders and members into disrepute, and in so doing, undermine the message we seek to
This Policy, and the associated Principles and Procedures come under the oversight of the
Safeguarding Board, and have been agreed by the Deaconate, and ratified at the Church Member’s
Meeting. The Policy will be made widely available, including to those under 18 in an age-appropriate
way, with specific training and support, which will extend to parents/carers.
Key elements of the guidelines are as follows:
Any Social Media account created for use within any area of Church life must be approved by the
Leadership Team, and fall under the principles of this policy, and associated procedures.
All Social Media accounts will be well managed, with a Code of Conduct, clear statement of purpose,
and regularly monitored by at least two people of appropriate standing in the church.
Paid staff of the church should not use their personal media accounts when communicating churchrelated
matters to individuals, the body, or wider. This includes e-mail accounts, Facebook / WhatsApp
(or similar), text messages, or as far as practically possible, telephone numbers.
Good practice should be followed in that paid staff should generally use church hardware (e.g. laptops,
tablets, mobile phones).
Communication with under 18s must follow the guidelines in the detailed policy. Generally, all mediarelated
communication (e.g. telephone, texts, e-mails) should be with the parents. Children aged 11
and over may be copied into these communications (16+ for text messages), subject to the following
A communication agreement must be completed and signed annually by parents and children, in
which they agree, or not, to the type of communication they are happy to receive, and for their child
to receive. This agreement must also cover the taking of photos, and publishing these, whether as
hard copies, or on social media.
All members of the church must adhere to the procedures for taking photographs / video, including
by mobile phone, respecting the wishes of any who may not want to be photographed, or have their
children or those in their care photographed.

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