NAE – Code of Ethics for Pastors

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“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 the agenda for an upcoming meeting. Discuss. Adopt. Live these standards.”

Leith Anderson, NAE President

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Code of Ethics for Pastors
A resource from the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE)

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 selfless service in order to glorify God and enrich his people. Therefore, a minister will:

Pursue Integrity

I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity.
All these things
I have given willingly  and with honest intent. (1 Chronicles 29:17)

• in personal character.

Exalt Christ, not self. Be honest, not exaggerating or overpromising; peace-loving, not contentious; patient, not volatile; diligent, not slothful. Avoid and, when necessary, report conflicts of interest and seek counsel. Continue reading “NAE – Code of Ethics for Pastors”

Martin Marty on Suffering Fools Gladly

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Martin Marty, sociologist of religions from the Univetrsity of Chicago, is one of my famous commentators of the American religious scene.

His latest text for the Sightings, deals with a recent text published recently by David Brooks in The New York Times.

Brooks explains: ‘The phrase originally came from William Tyndale’s 1534 translation of the Bible. In it, Paul was ripping into the decadent citizens of Corinth for turning away from his own authoritative teaching and falling for a bunch of second-rate false apostles. “For ye suffers fool gladly,” Paul says with withering sarcasm, “seeing ye yourselves are wise.”

Today, the phrase is often used as an ambiguous compliment. It suggests that a person is so smart he has trouble tolerating people who are far below his own high standards. It is used to describe a person who is so passionately committed to a vital cause that he doesn’t have time for social niceties toward those idiots who stand in its way. It is used to suggest a level of social courage; a person who has the guts to tell idiots what he really thinks.’ Continue reading “Martin Marty on Suffering Fools Gladly”

Priestly (and Pastoral) ‘Paradigms’

A friend who is a priest sent me recently the link to a very interesting 9and intriguing) article written by an Orthodox priest about various models for priesthood.

I found that these transcend the Orthodox boundaries and might be useful for self-analysis of clerics of all denominations.

Here are the six models described with unusual sharpness and candid spirit by Fr. Aris Metrakos: Continue reading “Priestly (and Pastoral) ‘Paradigms’”