The pervasive nature of pornography, sadly, has opened doors to temptation during business hours (or after hours with an organization's equipment). And the church office isn't immune from the problem, especially as technology increasingly becomes mobile, offering opportunities to connect online via mobile phones and laptops. In 2001, Leadership surveyed pastors and found that 4 in 10 struggled with online pornography.
Leaders must be aware of how church-owned equipment is used, not only to help protect the moral and spiritual well-being of pastors and staff, but also to minimize the potential for a sexual misconduct claim. Here are five precautions that can help protect church leaders using church-owned equipment:
- Install filtering services and accountability software (which tracks website activity and generates reports), such as Covenant Eyes, Internet Safety Inc.'s Ethershield, or XXXChurch.com, on computers, laptops, and mobile devices issued by the church;
- Set up passwords and other identification requirements on every computer and laptop. This limits accessibility and provides another way to track web activity by individuals;