My stake president has considered these policies and approved the use of Facebook in our Young Single Adult stake. That said, I'd like to gather your thoughts on best practices. How would you use Facebook, if you were to use Facebook in your ward or stake?
Here is a summary of what we've discussed so far as an extended stake presidency (that is, stake presidency, clerks, and executive secretaries).
We should have a stake Facebook page.
- Currently set up at https://www.facebook.com/ProvoUtahYSA9thStake
- All posts by others require approval before they are made visible on the timeline.
- Potential uses:
– Let people know which ward they're in.
– Alert people when boundaries or meeting times change.
– Let people know how they can contact a ward leader or set up a stake interview.
– Create Facebook events for stake meetings and activities.
– Publicize stake goals.
– Share messages from stake presidency members.
– Let members know about stake resources.
– Let members know about official church resources.
– Sharing the gospel with people in our area.
- Most of our wards already have Facebook groups, so we need to define some policies.
- Ward groups should be "closed", meaning only group members can see the posts, and an administrator has to approve new members who join or are added.
- Administrators should be careful to only allow ward members to join and should remove members after they move.
- Administrators should monitor the group for inappropriate use.
- The group should be one of multiple means of communication.
- Potential uses:
– Alert people when meeting times change.
– Create Facebook events and remind members about ward meetings and activities.
– Share stake Facebook events and remind members about stake meetings and activities.
– Share messages from bishopric members and auxiliaries.
– Let members know about ward resources.
– Remind members what the lesson topic for the week is.
– Request/provide opportunities for service.
– Fellowshipping members and nonmembers in the ward.