The widespread of social media has its own risk. There is a danger that everyone can commit and encounter. However, this dos and don’ts can be prevented if the pattern will be use properly.
As I mentioned in my first blog, one-way of reaching the social media is through blogging, I also mentioned, there are some risk. And these pitfalls must be a guideline for the bloggers to be careful and sensitive enough in promoting their ministry, churches and opinions. Since blog is being published socially, thousands of people can be reach in such a split of seconds.
But what are these dangers? Brian Bailey mentioned in his books, the Blogging Church gave points of this. Everyone should be aware of the ethical issues and legal things that a bloggers will do. Particularly in your church and your ministry. There are no excuses once you commit these mistakes since people are reading your stories and sometimes they depends on you, your sources and how you shape their lives.
Here are some dangers ethical issues that need to be prevented. To be effective bloggers, you must be committed all the times. You can’t say that you will just write if you have time. Keep your eye on tract. Church leaders can not only post a one blog then make another blog after a week. An effective blog should be follow up by another blog. This is the time that you can monitor if your readers are satisfied and understand your message.
As a church blogger, your stories must be reliable. What does it means? You should be confident enough in all your stories and it should be credible enough to transmit your message base on facts and truth. In a mission text, set aside your personal issues, instead your opinion will be base on experiences that certainly adapted in biblical context. Remember your blog is your passion towards the people to be reach and to inform them about who Jesus Christ is. Your credibility depends on your blogs and how you live your life accordingly.
Avoid ownership this will destroy your integrity and of course your church dignity. Learning from others and recognizing them is a good thing. Avoid quoting as if the content is yours; in short be creative to make your own, plagiarism in not your personality.
Don’t make another blog in different website without the support of your church especially if you are promoting your church. This is very unethical to your congregation, to your pastor and church members. Even you are a blogger in your church; there is a structural authority of the body of the church. This means that respect is really good by just informing them. Remember the privacy of the church is very important for the whole congregation. Every thing is confidential.
There are also critical moments in your blog, depending on how your readers will understand and the manifestation of your message. Sometimes the risk of criticism, bashers etc. is one example of having a bad blog. Not everyone can appreciate your blog. Be careful in answering your reader’s question that can be offending or sometimes that can trap you in the middle of the conversation. Sometimes bloggers can also default the reader feedback. Church blogger is not ideal to do this because the risk of promoting trust in defining and finding the truth of your message will be lost. The use of your blog is to reach out people, to help, spread the Gospel, and encourage etc. if this method will be use the interaction will be very poor.
The message of your blog is to give your readers their main objective. Your message must be presented with a particular angle; it should be base on truth. Your blog must be reliable and trusted. Don’t make a blog base on gossip but by evidence. And lastly it should be credible. Tony Watkins said, credibility is the way we do things, that matters things. Meaning it should not be tied up with qualification but tied up with the context, which we live.