Pastoral Covenant of Ministerial Ethics
Ethics define and protect our Pastor’s personal life, family, ministry and relationships as a minister in an Open Bible Church. These ethics are rooted in the principles of Scripture.
As a minister of Jesus Christ, called by God to proclaim the gospel and credentialed by Open Bible Churches, I commit myself to this code of ethics. I make this commitment sincerely and wholeheartedly, so my ministry will be acceptable to God, beneficial to my family and church, and a witness to the world.
Personal & Family
- I will continue to develop my spiritual life through consistent prayer, Bible reading, and personal application of Scripture.
- I will seek to maintain balance between family and ministry and will treat my family with love, attention and respect.
- I will pursue physical and emotional health through regular exercise, healthy eating habits and adequate rest.
- I will be a life-long learner through the pursuit of educational opportunities and resources.
- I will manage my personal finances with integrity by promptly paying bills, avoiding excessive debt and preparing for retirement.
- I will abstain from gambling, pornography, alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, abuse of legal medication and affiliation with secret, fraternal orders.
The Importance of a Good Constitution and Bylaws
The Potter's Wheel Christian Fellowship recognizes that all churches need to have a document that sets forth how they will operate. This document is most often referred to as the church constitution. The existence and the accuracy of the document are legal requirements set forth in order to receive and retain charitable status.
Since no two churches operate the same way, a constitution must reflect each church's specific needs and practices. It should also be broad enough to cover both present active ministries and potential future ministries.
A church constitution is:
- a decision-making process that contributes to the development of wise decisions and thoughtful directions for the life and mission of a church;
- a participatory process where ownership, openness and a dynamic relationship between the informal and formal arenas of participation;
- a process that allows participants to proceed in a caring manner since the structure is provided to enhance the experience of community;
- a process that is streamlined; and
- a process that encourages people to take initiative and responsibility in ministry.
The Potter's Wheel Christian Fellowship reviews its constitution every three to five years to ensure the evergreen nature of this important document.