Ethics (Ministerial)

12/30/1970 , UPCI
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ETHICS (MINISTERIAL)

Adopted by the General Conference in 1964

 

My Code of Ethics

(Not laws to govern but principles to guide)

 

        Striving to be a good minister of the Lord Jesus Christ,

        I will constantly prepare myself in body, mind, and spirit.

        I will safeguard the good name of the ministry; [I will] speak the truth in love,

live honestly, and avoid embarrassing debts.

        I will hold as sacred all confidences shared with me.

        I will exercise the authority of a spiritual leader rather than that of a dictator.

        I will seek to minister rather than be ministered unto, placing service above salary and personal recognition, and the unity and welfare of the church above my own personal welfare.

        I will seek to lead my church to accept its full responsibility for community and

world service.

        I will seek to build my church without discrediting other churches, soliciting members therefrom, or casting reflection on other ministers.

        I will not compete with another minister for a call to a pastorate in an unethical

manner.

        I will, with my resignation, sever my pastoral relations with any former parishioner and will not make pastoral contacts in the field of another pastor without his or her knowledge and consent.

        I will not accept the pastorate of a United Pentecostal Church unless I am in accord with the Articles of Faith and Constitution of the general church body.

        Having accepted a pastorate, I will not use my influence to alienate the church or any portion thereof from the fellowship or support of the United Pentecostal Church International. If my convictions change, I will be honorable enough to withdraw.

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