CODE OF ETHICS
MEMBERS OF THE PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE CHAPLAINS ASSOCIATION
THE CONTEXT OF MINISTRY
Chaplains who are members of the Presbyterian College Chaplains Association (PCCA) have a unique responsibility to enhance the presence and the ministry of he church within higher education and to in fluence the future of the church and society with the message of the Gospel.
We believe that Jesus Christ alone is Lord of the conscience and profess the dignity of all individuals. We understand the role of education to be central to our calling as Christians and our particular response is through specialized ministry as college and university chaplains.
The Presbyterian College Chaplains Association therefore, offers this Code of Ethics to promote a high level of accountability for our ministry on campuses. The living out of this code by those who represent and serve on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) bears witness to our discipleship to Jesus Christ and his pastoral and prophetic call.
As Members of the Presbyterian College Chaplains Association,
1. We Commit Ourselves To The Standards Of Our Profession.
We strive for wholeness and excellence in our ministry. We seek to serve people with energy, intelligence, imagination and love. We seek to form communities shaped by the Gospel and capable of witnessing to Gods reign and purpose in the world. Our ministry prepares, celebrates and reflects on Gods redemptive presence in Jesus Christ. Our Standards give us a starting point from which we can grow as professionals in service to the church and higher education.
2. We Commit Ourselves To The Gospel, The Reformed Tradition And Pastoral Values.
We look to Scriptures as the unique and authoritative guide. We are committed to Christ, who directs us to embody a global perspective, to deepen respect for the mystery of life, and to be open to Gods call to all persons to serve others in response to the love of God.
We are rooted in the Reformed tradition of which higher education ministry has been an inherent part since 1559. We lift up the values and beliefs about the sovereignty of God over all of life, the good ness of the created world, the value and limitation of reason, a commitment to the moral life, and the call to service. We look to the movement of the Spirit of God throughout the entire human story to promote the value and dignity of the person and the unfolding of the Reign of God in human history.
We commit ourselves to providing a safe and healthy environment in which to conduct our ministry. This environment would be free of any form of harassment.
3. We Commit Ourselves To Higher Education.
We presume that God is already present in higher edu cation and not confined to the church alone. As representatives of the Reformed tradition, we em brace the goals and purposes of higher education and seek to enrich the local community of faith and the Church Universal with its fruits. We work to bring awareness to the people of God that they have a sacred obligation to be well informed, active participants in the public arena, bringing their Christianity to bear on the political and economic agendas of the day. We call all persons to continue in learning.
We affirm the positive contributions of higher education and at the same time recognize that the idols of privatism, tribalism, nationalism, technique, and specialized utilitarian education are present as well.
4. We Commit Ourselves To Discipleship And To Service.
We promise to our community of faith an active discipleship in the spirit and mission of Jesus as he sought to love, do justice, offer healing, and to speak the truth. We relate with others in ways that respect their dignity as persons and their freedom of conscience without compromising our own beliefs.
We recognize the privileged relationship we have with the people we serve and promise them acceptance and confidentiality. We will give our community of faith dedicated service. We will work hard, given a reasonable job description and work schedule.
5. We Commit Ourselves To The People We Serve.
We serve students, faculty, staff, and administrators who gather at institutions of higher education to search and learn, research and teach, envision and carry out. We are called by our colleges and universities and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) primarily to minister to and serve the entire campus community. We extend our ministry to persons of any particular religious tradition, denomination, age, gender, race, creed, physical ability or sexual orientation.
We are concerned for the well being of those we serve as they join with us in the mission of the church in higher education. As leaders within the faith community, we seek no unfair advantage that our positions may give us. We adhere to appropriate interpersonal boundaries in relating to those we serve.
6. We Commit Ourselves To The Broader Concerns Of Social Justice and Peace in the World.
We recognize higher education as a privileged place for public debate on the many social concerns facing our society today.
We promise our communities of faith that we will speak the Gospel values within this forum and collaborate with others in the pursuit of peace and justice in the world.
7. We Commit Ourselves To Personal Faithfulness, Integrity and Well-being.
We actively pursue our own faith/intellectual development and enrichment. We seek not only personal integrity but also an integration of our faith, our ministry, and our lifestyle. We are committed to wellness, and we care for our own health and personal well being lest our own needs interrupt or undermine our ministry.
8. We Commit Ourselves To Be Held Accountable.
We pray that our church, our communities of faith, and our colleagues will support us and challenge us to live out these ethical principles. As we seek to become more faithful, we pledge ourselves to mutual accountability.
Developed from PMHE Code of Ethics, and modified and approved by PCCA 2/02