Ministerial Ethics: Moral Formation for Church Leaders / Edition 2

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Overview

Ministerial Ethics provides both new and experienced pastors with tools for sharpening their personal and professional decision-making skills. The authors seek to explain the unique moral role of the minister and the ethical responsibilities of the vocation and to provide "a clear statement of the ethical obligations contemporary clergy should assume in their personal and professional lives." Trull and Carter deal with such areas as family life, confidentiality, truth-telling, political involvement, working with committees, and relating to other church staff members.

First published in 1993, this edition has been thoroughly updated throughout and contains expanded sections on theological foundations, the role of character, confidentiality, and the timely topic of clergy sexual abuse. Appendices describing various denominational ministerial codes of ethics are included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801027550
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 313,861
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe E. Trull (Th.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is editor of Christian Ethics Today and formerly served as professor of Christian ethics at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. James E. Carter (Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), a veteran pastor with over thirty years of experience, is the former director of the Division of Church-Minister Relations in the Louisiana Baptist Convention.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition 9
Preface to the First Edition 11
Introduction 13
1 The Minister's Vocation: Career or Profession? 21
2 the Minister's Moral Choices: Endowed or Acquired? 43
3 The Minister's Personal Life: Incidental or Intentional? 65
4 The Minister's Congregation: Friend or Foe? 89
5 The Minister's Colleagues: Cooperation or Competition? 119
6 The Minister's Commuity: Threat or Opportunity? 139
7 A Major Ethical Issue: Clergy Sexual Abuse 161
8 A Ministerial Code of Ethics: Help or Hindrance 185
App.: A A Procedure for Responding to Charges of Clergy Sexual Abuse 217
App. B Early Denominational Codes 221
App. C Contemporary Denominational Codes 229
App. D Ministerial and Parachurch Groups Codes 241
App. E Sample Codes of Ethics 259
Notes 265
Index 284
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