I'm a student pastor who recently added a text package to my phone for church use only. I do not text for personal reasons. The only reason I added the text package was for the purpose of connecting with the students in my student ministry. How can I insure good transparency and accountability between my students, their parents, and me while using this one-on-one means of communication with young people?
The transparency and accountability you desire is only a click away. When you respond to a text message, hit "menu" and click on "add recipient" to copy your message to the person to whom you are accountable. This could be your senior pastor, a youth ministry overseer, your spouse, or even the parent(s) of the student to whom you are responding. Knowing that your text messages will be read by someone else will help keep your responses wholesome and appropriate.