Ministry and Ethics in Crisis
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Ethics in Life and Ministry
Sage advice on important ethical issues facing ministers in life and ministry.
The importance of the crisis may be seen by asking, “What is at stake for ministry, the church, and the world?”
Drawing from his wealth of pastoral experience and his dealings with church leaders from across the nation, Focus on the Family’s H.B. London talks about the value of right ethics and the major ethical issues impacting pastors and congregations.
Although Americans are becoming jaded by frequent media exposure of scandalous living among business executives, politicians, entertainers, and sports figures, they are still shocked to discover the frequency with which members of the clergy appear among this infamous group. What is this sad fact saying to us about the paucity of spiritual formation in today’s church leaders?
Left unbridled, sexual misconduct in the pastorate will bring disastrous results. It will confirm the skepticism of critics, turn seekers away from the doorway of the church, and leave the faithful disillusioned. What can ministers do to avoid falling prey to temptation’s snare?
Integrity: The Heart Of The Minister’s Personal Life
For ministry to be effective and long lasting, care must be taken in the areas of self, family, finances, power, and influence.
For those in ministry, two ethical norms control us: “Do to others what you would have them do to you” (minimum) and “As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (maximum). Here are standards to consider in eight areas of professional relationships.
The Ethics Of Pastoral Practice
What are acceptable pastoral practices? At what point have we crossed an ethical line? When the Scripture is not totally clear as to what is right or wrong, how do we know what to do?
Is there a biblical basis for the ethical involvement of ministers in their communities? In light of the teaching of Scripture, should modern disciples withdraw from the arenas of politics and economics by saying the world is too wicked?
The Ethical Responsibilities of Ministers to Social Concerns
Each day the news reminds us that we face serious ethical challenges. Will ministers rise to today’s crises with the Word of God? Should they be concerned with social issues? If so, should they focus only on the people in their congregations, or how can they decide which social concern is worthy of their time and financial investment?
Religious bodies have traditions and unspoken expectations for ministerial behavior. However, few have assimilated these assumptions into a written code of ethics. What is a ministerial code of ethics? Do ministers need a code of ethics? How do ministers compose a code of ethics?
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