Ethics in Ministry: A Guide for the Professional

Ethics in Ministry: A Guide for the Professional

Ethics in Ministry: A Guide for the Professional

Ethics in Ministry: A Guide for the Professional

Synopsis

An ethical guide for clergy and laypersons who deal with "the vexing questions that arise in the daily life of a minister at work." The authors discuss salaries, truth-telling, surviving church politics, confidentiality, the unmarried pastor, the two-clergy family, accepting gifts, working with other church staff, and more.

Excerpt

This study intersperses discussion of ethical problems with case analysis. The content of the cases arises from the experience of the writers and those who have contributed less directly to this book: pastors with whom the authors have counseled, students, and colleagues. Most examples cited are composites; no single case describes an exact sequence of actual events. We have abbreviated and made modifications designed to serve the purpose of this book and to avoid disclosure. We avow our intention to hold in confidence all information disclosed to us confidentially.

Just as our subject matter has limits, so have we, the authors. We are white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant males. We acknowledge the limitations that these facts impose and we cannot presume to speak from the perspectives of American minorities, much less persons of the Third World. We reject all prejudice, whether racist and ethnic, sexist, or nationalistic. At the same time, we confess that such prejudices doubtless persist in our minds in conflict with our will in the matter. We believe that Christians from many quarters should share perspectives and listen seriously to each other. We hope that some of what we say here may be found useful to ministers in churches and ministries very different from those we know.

We write from a standpoint specifically Christian, without apology. At the same time, we know that we live in a world of many religious and nonreligious points of view that must understand and accept one another's right to live and teach. We believe that mutual acceptance . . .

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