Technology

Those who minister and work in pastoral settings must take great care to be consistent in representing the worth of their character online. Clear communication and respect for boundaries is needed at any level of contact. Emails, text messages, blog postings or comments, and YouTube videos are all public forums from which a permanent record can be obtained. As a representative of the Church, users should be diligent in avoiding situations which might be the source of scandal for themselves or others. Furthermore, those to whom we minister must be educated on the public nature of such communcation. Extreme caution should be exercised with regard to the nature of information sent via email.