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Pastoral Ethics: Professional Responsibilities of the Clergy

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Like most community leaders, clergy are constantly asked to make decisions that have far-reaching effects. For clergy, the matter is particularly complicated because of the many arenas in which they operate--counseling, church management, community affairs, ecumenical relationships, denominational politics, and others.

In Pastoral Ethics, Gaylord Noyce looks at clergy as professionals, and shows what can be learned from the professional ethics of other disciplines. He also ...

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Overview

Like most community leaders, clergy are constantly asked to make decisions that have far-reaching effects. For clergy, the matter is particularly complicated because of the many arenas in which they operate--counseling, church management, community affairs, ecumenical relationships, denominational politics, and others.

In Pastoral Ethics, Gaylord Noyce looks at clergy as professionals, and shows what can be learned from the professional ethics of other disciplines. He also demonstrates the special responsibilities (and opportunities) that affect those who are ordained. A book at once practical and prophetic, Pastoral Ethics is the standard for a new generation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687303380
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1988
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,052,486
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 11
1. A Framework for Pastoral Ethics 15
Promise-making
Aspects of Professional Commitment
Ethics and the More Excellent Way
2. The Ethics of Pastoral Leadership 29
Faithful Integrity
Leadership Within, Not Above
Leadership Style
An Ethics of Management
Mediating Within the Oikumene
Creative Leadership and Ethical Restraint
3. The Ethics of Preaching and Teaching 49
Fidelity in Preaching
Responsibility to and with Scripture
Integrity in Preaching
Freedom of the Pulpit--and Pew
Preaching on Social Issues
In Sum: The Promise of Preaching
4. Ethical Concerns in Pastoral Care 71
The Moral Setting for Pastoral Care
Contract and Availability
Who Are in the "Parish"?
Referral
Professional Distance
The Minister as Moral Counselor
5. Applications in Pastoral Care 89
Confidentiality
A Long Tradition
Telling the Truth with Dying Patients
Cross Gender Pastoral Care and Counseling
Sexual Contact with Parishioners
Clergy Adultery and Divorce
Serving as Reference
Independent Pastoral Counseling
6. Financing Ministry 113
Ambiguities
Moonlighting and Tent Making
The Erosion of Clergy Pay
Fees and Honoraria
Guidelines
Fund Raising
Clergy Unions
Evaluation and Increments
The Simple Life
7. Relationships with Other Clergy 133
Relations to Successors
Competition
Ecumenical Ethics
The Assistant, the Associate, and the Interim
Colleagueship
References
8. Community Outreach and Social Action 151
Recent History
Dilemmas of Public Ministry
Public Ministry Imperatives
Some Axioms and Obligations
Church and State
Partisan Politics and the Pastor
Corporate Church and Individual Pastor
9. Public Relations, Evangelism, and Church Growth 171
Four Affirmations
Professional Perspective
Method in Evangelism and Promotion
Principles of Action
10. Personal Life 183
Freedom of Self: the Public-Private Boundary
Congruence
Time for Work and Family
"Distance" and Availability
Professional Growth
Prayer
11. A Brief Postscript: "But is the Ministry a Profession?" 197
An Ambiguous Word
"Professional" More Positively Defined
Institution and Ordained Ministry
In Sum: Commitment and Competence
Approaches to Pastoral Ethics
Bibliography 211
Index 217
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