Social media template available for parishes to use


The Church of Ireland's Central Communications Board has produced a template document which may be used by a Select Vestry for drawing up a brief social media policy for its parish.

This Word document file includes advice on responding to comments on social media, and encourages Select Vestries to:

* Consider their parish’s objectives for using social media;
* Appoint a designated administrator of group of administrators to run social media platforms;
* Decide when social media will be monitored;
* Follow the Church’s social media and digital communications guidelines;
* Visit for more resources.

The Board has emphasised this is a template document which can be adapted according to the needs of each parish which is using, or considering, social media. Parishes may, for example, have different approaches and preferences in using, or choosing not to use, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo etc.

The article also highlights two other resources which may help parishes with social media: the Church of Ireland's information page on keeping people safe from scams and their social media and digital communications guidelines for members of the Church (also available at the links below).

Template for parish social media policy;

Keeping people safe from scams;

Social Media Guidance & Resources;