My code of ethics
As a Chaplain I am committed to the Christian Ethics of cooperation and professional growth, equality, diversity, human justice and grace. I affirm and promote the value, dignity and worth of each person we encounter in the ministry. In following the model Jesus of Nazareth established for caring for people we covenant to:
I am a ordained and licensed chaplain and ministers called to serve as commissioned by the sacred Word of God. In Christian grace and duty I respond with love and compassion to people's needs in their whole existence. I embrace the understanding that human beings are created in the image of God with uniqueness and freedom to think, act and feel.
1. I will not in any way misrepresent myself as law enforcement officers, fire fighter, federal agents or any other government entity!
2. I understand the high value and dignity of the human being and actively attempt to avoid allowing their personal needs to exploit others. I am always be aware of the power invested in me by my role and by the people seeking help.
3. I recognize the sacredness of human relationships and do not engage in sexual intimacies with those coming to them for spiritual support. Chaplains do not engage in sexual harassment of any kind.
4. I will actively attempt to understand and recognize the diverse cultural backgrounds of the people soliciting or receiving their pastoral care. Serving as a chaplain, I will not condone or engage in discrimination for any reason.
5. I do provide pastoral care considering people's own spiritual resources to cope with physical, mental and spiritual challenges.
6. I make every effort to avoid accepting donations or gifts that would knowingly place a hardship on the donor or their family. Furthermore members will not accept donations or gifts that would place the donor's welfare, or their families welfare in jeopardy in any way.
7. I will not talk down to, degrade, belittle, or disrespect anyone in any way for any reason including but not limited to the following: color, culture, disability, ethnic, gender, race, religion, education or marital status.
8. I will not allow themselves to be involved in the following, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or intimidation towards others due to actual or perceived color, culture, disability, ethnic, gender, race, religion, education or marital status or for any other reason.
Confidentiality and Pastoral Relationship
1. Serving as chaplain I will respect the right of all those that come to them requesting pastoral care. Serving as chaplain I will have to control the amount of personal information they want to disclose. Chaplain respect people's right to privacy and avoid unwarranted disclosures of confidential information.
2. If I am providing pastoral care to minors or to individuals who cannot decide for themselves will get the consent from the parents or guardians by them signing a waiver.
3. I will obtain permission from the people to whom they provide pastoral care before taking notes or electronically recording pastoral encounters.
4. I am responsible for securing the safety and confidentiality of any pastoral encounters and records they create, maintain, transfer, or destroy whether the records are written, taped, computerized, or stored in any other medium.
Chaplain's Competence and Pastoral Relationship
1. I embrace the need of maintaining high standards of clergy and professional competence in the ministry. Members shall actively strive to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.
2. I am committed to continue my pastoral and personal education to be better equipped to serve.
4. I recognize their boundaries of competence referring to other professionals as they see necessary.
5. Being in a teaching position I will use my pastoral skills and human awareness to uplift those under their educational care avoiding emotional, physical or spiritual harm at all cost.
Procedures for Processing Ethical Violations
I embrace the principle that a ministry comes together not to destroy the people who come to me, but to build and restore each other. Therefore, I will not engage in activities intended to harm anyone or pastoral care providers.
I follow the biblical counsel, any accusation or complaints against me that is brought to my overseers, unless such complaint is brought by two or three reliable witnesses.” In the event of an unethical violation by anyone I expect them to follow the process of restoration and redemption recounted in the Holy Bible.
People were Jesus' top priority. He involved Himself in the lives of people who were considered the worst of sinners, and He met them where they had needs. In doing so, He helped elevate their sense of self worth. One of the ways Jesus gave worth to the people was by showing them their value in God's eyes, by comparing God's care for other creatures with His care for them. The authority of Jesus was opposed because He was a poor carpenter's son from the village of Nazareth.
The majority of ministry and missionary activity in the early Church and Ministry was accomplished by nonprofessionals, ordinary men and women involved in secular work as their occupations. Jesus entrusted ordinary everyday people with major responsibilities of spreading the Gospel. He took fishermen from their boats, He made them fishers of men. Jesus knew that ordinary people would become extraordinary in ministry. "God does not called the qualified, He qualifies the called". When the Lord calls us into ministry He does not place limitations on us, we are only limited by our own imaginations. I look forward to speaking with you about your challenges and how I may be able to help you break those chains that obstruct your life . Cell number: (616) 745-7389 Monday through Friday 10:am to 6:pm.