Clergy--Ethics

A Pentecostal Ethic: A Discovery of Church of God Clergy Compliance of the Practical Commitments

Author
Larry E Sterling
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover the extent leaders of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) have drifted toward antinomianism. The design of this project was to employ an online survey that utilized a seven point Likert Agreement scale to determine the spiritual condition of the surveyed. The result of the discovery was that the Church of God clergy have an overall compliance factor of 6.03 in their general adherence to the Practical Commitments. The strongest compliance score was 6.34 in regards to the category of Social Obligation, and 5.57 being the weakest in reference to Spiritual Example.

A pastor's personal power awareness: toward an understanding of a healthy view and use of power and authority for pastors

Author
Robert A Buchanan
Abstract
Pastors are not always aware of how they view and use their power in ministry. An overuse of power could lead to a negative, controlling environment where churches and people are harmed. An underuse of power could lead to a general malaise in the church: a lack of direction and passion for the Lord's work. This thesis-project was a leadership awareness study of the nature of power and authority in the role of pastoral leadership in which the biblical and theological perspectives on the issue of pastoral authority were explored. A protocol for pastors was developed to assist them in becoming more self-aware of their authority and how they can employ that authority more effectively for the glory of God.

Desarrollando un código de ética ministerial para la Iglesia Presbiteriana Cumberland: un estudio de caso en el estado de Tennessee

Author
Milton L Ortiz
Abstract
Este estudio de caso de los ministros presbiterianos Cumberland del estado de Tennessee se basó en tres preguntas: Necesita la denominación un código escrito de ótica ministerial, y si es así, qué tópicos deben incluirse, y qué formato debe tener. También se les preguntó sobre las prácticas de la ética ministerial. El 72% de los respondientes están de acuerdo en un código escrito para la denominación, sin embargo la mayoría de los respondientes al cuestionario y do los participantes en los grupos de enfoque mostraron preocupación por el peso legal y eclesial que puede tener un código escrito.

Where singleness and ministry collide: helping single ministers understand and guard against temptation

Author
Timothy L Melton
Abstract
There are characteristics of ministry and of singleness that, when combined, produce greater areas of challenge and susceptibility to temptation.The purpose of this project was to produce a tool for single ministers that helps them to better discern their areas of vulnerability to temptation, the role of the heart in their struggles, and the resources that Christ has provided to guard their hearts, lives, and ministries. The author's research included a wide variety of sources from both the past and the present. It also included personal interviews, and evaluations of culture and church trends. The resulting devotional workbook focuses on intimacy with Christ as one's hope of deliverance.

The analysis and implications of immoral and unethical behavior among Christian ministers

Author
Michael J Morawski
Abstract
Many ministers are experiencing a lack of proper training and education, especially in character development. This lack of integrity has contributed to a multitude of dysfunctional clergy. Sexual immorality is not predicated on race, gender, status, personality, or intelligence and is ultimately the minister's choice. Through grounded theory, case studies, and several interviews, the researcher found that if the minister would participate in counseling, be assigned an accountability partner for a one-year probationary period, and keep a consequences list always before him or her, there would be a significant reduction in clergy sexual misconduct.

Equipping bivocational pastors in selected pastoral ethics through the continuing education program at Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, Alabama

Author
Robert L Walton
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip bivocational pastors in selected pastoral ethics through the continuing education program at Wallace State Community College. In keeping with the equipping model, the project began with the project director's research in the field of philosophical ethics and pastoral ethics. The project director also researched the age, pastoral experience, and education level of the bivocational pastors in four Baptist associations within a fifty-mile radius of Wallace State Community College. Upon completion of the research, the project director developed curriculum based upon the findings from the research. Finally, the project director designed a five-session workshop to equip bivocational pastors in selected pastoral ethics through the continuing education program at Wallace State Community College.

The effectual procedures for dealing with pastoral sexual misconduct in Chinese churches

Author
Philip Chung-Yin Tse
Abstract
The passive way Chinese churches handle pastoral sexual misconduct cases calls for action. Through literature and professional research, checked by the Bible, the author discusses situations of pastoral sexual misconduct in North America today and Chinese cultural influence on the Chinese ways of dealing with conflicts. Having interviewed leaders from three Chinese churches and analyzed their by-laws, he shows that Chinese churches need to be aware of the negative impact of cultural background on their handling of such cases. Thus, the author provides practical guidelines and procedures to facilitate godliness in spite of ungodliness.

Leading between the fault lines: leadership challenges and strategies for ministry in wounded congregations

Author
Kevin D Frain
Abstract
Congregations that have gone through the ordeal of a clergy moral failure or a church split require a unique leadership model and strategy for healing and recovery from their trauma. This thesis examines the Apostle Paul's Christ-centered ministry practice when handling controversies and conflicts within the Corinthian church in Second Corinthians as a useful biblical leadership paradigm for recovery ministry in a wounded congregation. Included in this thesis is a summary of recent research on the common challenges and experiences of pastors who minister in wounded congregations and a series of interviews with select people who have experience and/or expertise in various facets of ministry to wounded congregations. Insights from these interviews are incorporated into a recommended plan for organizing a recovery team to assist the recovery leader's implementation of a ministry plan in the wounded congregation.

Ethical guidelines when offering alternative, complementary or integrative therapies within a pastoral care relationship

Author
Walter Moczynski
Abstract
This study demonstrates that a less than optimal standard of pastoral care exists in the use of spiritual practices as alternative, complementary and integrative therapies within a pastoral care relationship and identifies the need for ethical guidelines. In response to these findings and questions, a standard of care and the norms that ground it within the sacred foundation of ministry was developed. Ethical guidelines are proposed to underpin a standard of pastoral care that will uphold the benefits of healing, ensure that physical, emotional and spiritual harm are avoided and support the faith community's accountability and responsibility for healing ministries.
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