Shiloh Bible Church
Social Media Policy
Shiloh Bible Church (SBC), generally views creating or contributing to personal websites,
blogs, social networks, message boards, virtual worlds, and other kinds of social media positively. We recognize the desire of many of our congregation to participate in online
community and encourage this form of networking and idea exchange. We believe it is in
the best interest of SBC and our church family to be aware of and participate in the
sphere of online community, interaction, and idea exchange to find opportunities to share the
life change that comes through Jesus Christ.
As part of the church family, you may be seen by our members, attendees, and outside
parties as a representative of our organization. That means that while you may view your
online presence as a personal project, many readers will associate you and your views with
The following best practices and guidelines aim to provide you with helpful, practical
advice and also to protect both you and SBC, as the church seeks to embrace social
media. Please keep in mind that these guidelines will continue to evolve as new social
networking technologies emerge.
Protect Confidential Information and Relationships
Online conversations and postings are not private. A blog or community post is often
visible to the entire world, and can be shared by others in ways that you cannot control.
Remember that what you write is public and what you post online may be around for a
Do not publish the personal information of others in SBC without their permission or, in
the case of children, permission of their parents. This has become particularly important
in the education community, in which some parents do not wish their children’s personal
information and images to be shared online.
Avoid identifying and discussing others, including church members, visitors, or staff –
especially any details such as hospitalizations, deaths, health concerns, or counseling
Obtain permission before posting pictures of others or before posting copyrighted
You must take proper care not to purposefully or inadvertently disclose or distribute any
information or intellectual property that is confidential or proprietary to SBC.
Respect the confidentiality of matters that are shared with you in confidence, or that are
meant to be kept confidential by the nature of your work, ministry or volunteer mission.
Social Networking Sites – Relationships
Adults who minister to children and youth are strongly encouraged to set very stringen
privacy settings on any social networking profile. Individual personal profiles are to be used
to interact with close friends, family and peers. Adults should not submit “friend” requests to
minors or youth.
If an adult chooses to accept friend requests from minors or youth who are associated
with SBC, other adult leaders must have full access to all aspects of that adult’s profile
Adults who want to connect via a social networking website with youth to whom they
minister are strongly encouraged to set up a closed group account that youth may join.
Youth requesting to “friend” an adult an then be invited to join this group rather than be
accepted as a friend on an adult’s personal profile account. The purpose of these two
separate accounts/profiles is to create a line of privacy and maintain healthy boundaries
with youth and adults.
Please do not post any content that is the property of another individual or company
unless you have written permission or are sure that the use of the material is legally
permitted. Users must comply fully with copyright law when posting and uploading
In areas where this policy does not provide a direct answer for how members of our
church family should answer social media questions, members should contact either
Elder David Celli or Elder Randy Peters.
Approved unanimously – June 2014 Elder Board