There is an interesting story on the BBC news about one Church of England Diocese producing some Social Media guidelines. The Diocese of Bath and Wells guidelines are here and some similar advice produced by the Methodist Church is here.
Most of the guidance is obvious enough:
1. Remember what you post is public so think first. Would you like your parents / spouse / children to read it? How would it look on the front page of the Newspaper? And remember what you put online is permanent.
2. Be someone of integrity. Make sure what you say is truthful, fair and appropriate for you to share / comment on (think safeguarding and confidentiality).
3. Be yourself. Don't hide behind anonimity but rather be yourself and an be an ambassador for Christ.
The one which is not so obvious (to me at least) is the advice to be careful of public / private boundaries. The distinction between personal views and public statements and between private life and public duties is hard to maintain.
What other advice would you give to ministers and christian leaders using social media?