By Dale Hudson

Source: RelevantChildrensMinistry.com

Has it happened in your ministry?  If not, it probably will one day.

A volunteer posts something inappropriate on Facebook.

It may be a vulgar word, an inappropriate picture, or something that doesn’t line up with your ministry’s core values.

What should you do?

Be preventative.
As part of your on-boarding process, have every potential volunteer sign a social media agreement.  This involves three things.

First, ask them if they currently have anything on their page that would be offensive, inappropriate or a stumbling block.

Secondly, explain why their social media content matters.  It is an open testimony of their spiritual life and if they join your team…of your ministry’s character and integrity. 

Thirdly, ask them to sign an agreement that they will not post anything that is inappropriate or goes against the ministry’s core values.

Be personal.
When you find out that one of your volunteers has posted something inappropriate, then talk with them face-to-face.  Bring the post to their attention.  Then remind them of the “why” behind the guideline.   Ask them about the post.  Have access to it so you can bring it online or have a print out of it.

Be pastoral.
Speak the truth in love.  Many times, you will find that they didn’t even realize the post was inappropriate.  Look at it as an opportunity to help then grow as a Christ follower.  Come with grace and love instead of condemnation and judgment.

Be persistent.
Ask them to take the post down.  If they agree, check back and make sure they did.   If they still haven’t taken the post down, then have another face-to-face.  Let them know at this point if they do not take it down it,  it will jeopardize their involvement on the team.  If they are resistant, then you probably don’t need them on your team.

Your turn.  Has this ever happened to you?  How do you respond?  Any tips on how to handle the situation?  Share your thoughts with us int the comment section below.

 

Image courtesy of RelevantChildrensMinistry.com

Dale Hudson

Author: Dale Hudson

Dale Hudson has been in Children's Ministry for over 25 years. He is the Director of Children's Ministry at Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach, Florida. Dale has co-authored five books which including 100 Best Ideas to Turbocharge Your Children's Ministry. He was named one of the top 20 influencers in Children's Ministry by Children's Ministry Magazine. His blog at www.relevantchildrens ministry.com is read by over 26,000 people each month. He and his wife, Pamela, have been married for over 25 years and have two children.

3 Responses

  1. Sunday Burquest

    I have had this happen with a leader ( a younger leader). I approached him by first off telling him – he can post whatever he wants. However, if you’d made a choice to serve with the youth in our youth ministry – you’ve made a choice to be someone they can look up too. With leadership comes a higher standard. I explained I wasn’t trying to come down on him, but wanted him to know a lot of younger boys were looking to him as an example.

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