When You Fail

June 21, 2012 ...

I was ordained to ministry in 1974 and received a Ph.D. in counseling in 1981. In March 1987 I worked in a small Midwestern city directing a Christian health center. I also taught at the local college, preached at a church on weekends, and was a member of the local school board. My high school …

Why the NAE Issued a Clergy Code of Ethics

June 13, 2012 ...

But eroding standards, moral ambiguity, and other factors have made that assumption dangerous, says Luder Whitlock, who chaired a drafting committee for a National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) clergy code of ethics for clergy. The code, released today, urges trustworthiness, integrity, purity, fairness, and accountability. The text of the code is available at NAECodeofEthics.com in …

NAE Releases Code of Ethics for Pastors

June 12, 2012 ...

“Most pastors are highly ethical, but few have signed a written code of ethics,” said Leith Anderson, NAE President. “This is every pastor’s opportunity to know, commit and tell others about a personal and professional standard of biblical pastoral ethics. I invite every pastor and every church board to put this code of ethics on …

Who’s Signed the Code?

June 1, 2012 ...

Among many others, the growing list of pastors includes: Matthew Barnett Angelus Temple Mark Batterson National Community Church Bishop Charles Blake West Angeles Church of God in Christ John Crosby Christ Presbyterian Church Saturnino Gonzalez Iglesia El Calvario Gordon Hugenberger Park Street Church Joel Hunter Northland, A Church Distributed Bill Hybels Willow Creek Community Church …

Code of Ethics for Pastors

June 1, 2012 ...

We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. (2 Corinthians 6:3) Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. (Philippians 1:27) All who are called by God to the ministry of the gospel solemnly commit to a life of joyful obedience and …

Código de Ética Para los Pastores

June 1, 2012 ...

Pase lo que pase, compórtense de una manera digna del evangelio de Cristo. Filipenses 1:27 Todos los que son llamados por Dios al ministerio del evangelio se comprometen solemnemente a una vida de obediencia alegre y de servicio altruista –un compromiso que glorifica a Dios y enriquece a su pueblo. Por este motivo, un ministro: …

Can Pastors be Restored After Adultery?

May 1, 2012 ...

“Evangelical leaders are adamant that the grace of God extends even to ministry leaders who commit adultery,” said Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals, which recently released the NAE Code of Ethics for Pastors to provide a standard professional ethical guideline for evangelical pastors. John Jenkins, a megachurch pastor, said, “The gospel’s …

Pastoral Letter on Marriage Relationships Ministry

April 17, 2012 ...

Dear Fellow Evangelical Clergy, Recent cultural trends and legal changes in marriage, families, relationships and sexual behavior have raised new challenges in our practice of pastoral ministry. As evangelical Protestant pastors who are committed to the Bible as our rule of faith and practice, we seek guidance in dealing with these challenges. The following list …

Most Church Leaders Don’t Sign Codes of Ethics

March 1, 2012 ...

“For many churches and Christian organizations, there are unspoken rules, or guidelines, for ethical behavior,” said Leith Anderson, NAE President. “The problem with unspoken rules is that no one has agreed to a standard. That yields many missed expectations.” Some evangelical leaders noted that ethical expectations are implicit in doctrinal statements and other organizational commitments …