When writing a blog for ministry or for any church mission purpose, Pastor and other Church members should see the possibilities of incoming dangers or drawbacks in writing or posting blogs online, everyone should be reminded to act responsible in engaging communication on social media. Blogs seems like a global trade of exchanging information and support, just like other social media platform it is effective, efficient and has a promising innovation for spreading the gospel online.
Blog environment is not exempted in receiving harsh comments and feedbacks in the aspect of Church Ministry and Mission context. Church leaders decided not to include comment box on their posted blog, what could be the reasons behind it? To begin with, each time we post blogs for the Ministry of Christ online, criticism and spiritual attack follows, bear in mind blogs ministry for Christ are not only created the community of faith, it is open for everyone which means a group people from different faith, traditions and from secular society will give interest reading a blogs which they were entitled to give their personal reactions which can lead into a unnecessary argument, openness can also be a challenge which can result to a abuse of freedom. To avoid the situations such as this, Pastor who’s actively involved in the community of blogging for ministry begins to initiate posting their personal email for queries or any confusion concerning the topic written on their blog post.
Wrong interpretation of the Scriptures written in blog post can be danger for blog ministries everyone can write a blog in behalf of Church ministry, but in this aspect religious literacy plays an important role in delivering the gospel thru social media. Interpretation of Scripture is quite tempting for some Pastor or for a church leader, it’s a common mistake made in which can possibly lead into frustrations and confusion. Accuracy with good illustration must be presented, avoid searching deeper context together using fancy word if the intention to attract viewers/readers. Stick to the intended meaning and bring a standard conclusion over the text.
To discuss ethical and other legal issues of blogging for the ministry and mission context “Plagiarism” stealing people own work, taking someone’s idea without crediting the main source is a serious offense, Church must not support this kind of behavior.
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “If anyone sins and commits a breach of faith against the Lord by deceiving his neighbor in a matter of deposit or security, or through robbery, or if he has oppressed his neighbor or has found something lost and lied about it, swearing falsely—in any of all the things that people do and sin thereby,if he has sinned and has realized his guilt and will restore what he took by robbery or what he got by oppression or the deposit that was committed to him or the lost thing that he found or anything about which he has sworn falsely, he shall restore it in full and shall add a fifth to it, and give it to him to whom it belongs on the day he realizes his guilt. ( Leviticus 6:1-7)
Blogs for ministry context is not exempted there were many cases of blogs had committed Plagiarism in the line of ministry. We find this situation really disturbing in way we are deceived, blog for ministry represents leaders and his church. Making blogs for the community of faith requires honesty and integrity everything written for ministry purposes must have a personal credibility. This mistake can be avoided and settle better solution if they should spend time in reading other resources as part of their commitment.