One of our pastors recently got a nasty note from a salesperson when he asked to be removed from an email list. The salesperson said that the pastor's email wasn't part of a list but just a person-to-person email, so basically, the pastor should get over it and accept the unwanted sales emails.
The bad news for the salesperson is: that's illegal. And punishable with a big fine.
Businesses are required to follow the CAN-SPAM Act passed in 2003. Though I'm not clear if the law applies to all non-profits, The North Georgia Conference goes to great lengths to be sure we comply with the anti-spam laws. A big piece of the puzzle is allowing people to easily and quickly unsubscribe from Conference e-newsletters.
Your church should be sure to follow the law -- and the etiquette -- of being a friendly email sender, too.
Some of the main points of the CAN-SPAM Act are: