Fellowship Member's Code of Ethics
Fellowship Ministries holds all members accountable for their action
- without accountability there is no credibility
members of Chaplain Fellowship Ministries International we are committed
to the Christian Ethics of cooperation and professional growth,
equality, diversity, human justice and grace. We affirm and promote
the value, dignity and worth of each person we encounter in the
ministry. In following the model Jesus of Nazareth established for
caring for people we covenant to:
are ordained and licensed chaplains and ministers called to serve
as commissioned by the sacred Word of God. In Christian grace and
duty they respond with love and compassion to people's needs in
their whole existence. We embrace the understanding that human beings
are created in the image of God with uniqueness and freedom to think,
act and feel.
Members will not in any way misrepresent themselves as law enforcement
officers, fire fighter, federal agents or any other government entity.
We are chaplains!
Members understand the high value and dignity of the human being
and actively attempt to avoid allowing their personal needs to exploit
others. Members must always be aware of the power invested in them
by their role and by the people seeking help.
recognize the sacredness of human relationships and do
not engage in sexual intimacies with those coming
to them for spiritual support. Chaplains do not engage in sexual
harassment of any kind.
Members will actively attempt to understand and recognize the diverse
cultural backgrounds of the people soliciting or receiving their
pastoral care. Members serving as chaplains will not condone or
engage in discrimination for any reason.
will provide pastoral care considering people's own spiritual resources
to cope with physical, mental and spiritual challenges.
Members must make every effort to avoid accepting donations or gifts
that would knowingly place a hardship on the donor or their family.
Furthermore members will not accept donations or gifts that would
place the donor's welfare, or their families welfare in jeopardy
in any way.
Members will take an active roll in helping build Chaplain Fellowship
Ministries by recruiting new members for membership thereby assuring
the future advancement and stability of the ministry.
Members will not talk down to, degrade, belittle, or disrespect
other members in any way for any reason including but not limited
to the following: color, culture, disability, ethnic, gender, race,
religion, education or marital status.
Members will keep their membership current and in good standing
at all times. Members who let their membership expire for a period
of 120 days must contact the home office for renewal requirements.
Members will renew their membership on or before their membership
renewal date each year. Membership renewal dates will not be changed
for any reason. In the event a member decides to renew at a later
date their membership renew date will remain the same.
Members will not allow themselves to be involved in the following,
discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or intimidation towards
other members due to actual or perceived color, culture, disability,
ethnic, gender, race, religion, education or marital status or for
any other reason.
Members will at all times be respectful to each other, the CFMI
leadership and the office staff of Chaplain Fellowship Ministries.
and Pastoral Relationship
serving as chaplains will respect the right of all those that come
to them requesting pastoral care. Members
serving as chaplains have to control the amount of personal information
they want to disclose. Chaplains will respect people's right to
privacy and avoid unwarranted disclosures of confidential information.
When appropriate Chaplain Fellowship Ministries Members
serving as chaplains must inform those requesting their help of
the difference between privileged information which may be confidential
and threats which may have to be reported. Chaplains take the initiative
to clarify their limits concerning privileged information.
providing pastoral care to minors or to individuals who cannot decide
for themselves will get the consent from the parents or guardians
by them signing a waiver.
will obtain permission from the people to whom they provide pastoral
care before taking notes or electronically recording pastoral encounters.
are responsible for securing the safety and confidentiality of any
pastoral encounters and records they create, maintain, transfer,
or destroy whether the records are written, taped, computerized,
or stored in any other medium.
and Pastoral Relationship
embrace the need of maintaining high standards of clergy and professional
competence in the ministry. Members shall actively strive to grow
as disciples of Jesus Christ.
have a responsibility to read, understand, and follow the Standards
and Code of Ethics of Chaplain Fellowship Ministries International
Members are committed to continue their pastoral and personal education
to be better equipped to serve.
Members recognize their boundaries of competence referring to other
professionals as they see necessary.
Members in teaching positions will use their pastoral skills and
human awareness to uplift those under their educational care avoiding
emotional, physical or spiritual harm at all cost.
for Processing Ethical Violations
Members shall embrace the principle that a ministry comes together
not to destroy their members but to build and restore each other.
Therefore, Chaplain Fellowship Ministries or it’s Members
will not engage in activities intended to harm anyone or pastoral
care providers. Following the biblical counsel, Chaplain Fellowship
Ministries will not entertain any accusation or complaints against
our members or elders unless such complaint is brought by two or
three reliable witnesses.” In the event of an unethical violation
by any member or elder Chaplain Fellowship Ministries will follow
the process of restoration and redemption recounted in the Holy
Fellowship Ministries is a nondenominational ministry of presence
with chaplains, ministers, pastors, priests and bishops serving
nationwide. All members are legally ordained as ministers and chaplains.©