To be held accountable all of my actions to my Church and Pastors as well as the ministry I serve - without accountability, there is no credibility
As a Counselor and Chaplain, I am committed to the Christian Ethics of cooperation and professional growth, equality, diversity, human justice, and grace. I affirm and promote the value, dignity, and worth of each person I encounter in the ministry. In following the model Jesus of Nazareth established for caring for people I covenant to:
I am ordained and licensed as a chaplain and minister called to serve as commissioned by the sacred Word of God. In Christian grace and duty I will respond with love and compassion to people's needs in their whole existence. I embrace the understanding that human beings are created in the image of God with uniqueness and freedom to think, act and feel.
1. As a Chaplain, I will not in any way misrepresent myself as law enforcement officers, firefighters, federal agents, or any other government entity. I am a Counselor and Chaplain!
2. As a Chaplain, I understand the high value and dignity of the human being and actively attempt to avoid allowing their personal needs to exploit others. I must always be aware of the power invested in me by my role and by the people seeking help.
3. As a Chaplain, I recognize the sacredness of human relationships and do not engage in sexual intimacies with those coming to me for spiritual or counseling support. As a Chaplain do not engage in sexual harassment of any kind.
4. As a Chaplain, I actively attempt to understand and recognize the diverse cultural backgrounds of the people soliciting or receiving their pastoral care. Serving as chaplain I will not condone or engage in discrimination for any reason.
5. I will provide pastoral care considering people's own spiritual resources to cope with physical, mental and spiritual challenges.
6. As a Chaplain I will make every effort to avoid accepting donations or gifts that would knowingly place a hardship on the donor or their family. Furthermore, I will not accept donations or gifts that would place the donor's welfare, or their families welfare in jeopardy in any way.
7. I will not talk down to, degrade, belittle, or disrespect anyone in any way for any reason including but not limited to the following: color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, education or marital status
9. I will not allow myself to be involved in the following, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or intimidation towards anyone due to actual or perceived color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, education or marital status or for any other reason.
Confidentiality and Pastoral Relationship
1. As a chaplain I respect the right of all those that come to me requesting pastoral care. I must control the amount of personal information they want to disclose. As a Chaplain, I respect people's right to privacy and avoid unwarranted disclosures of confidential information.
2. When 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.
3. I will obtain permission from the people to whom they provide pastoral care before taking notes or electronically recording pastoral encounters.
4. I am 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.
I4. Chaplain's Competence and Pastoral Relationship
1. I embrace the need of maintaining high standards of clergy and professional competence in the ministry. I actively strive to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
2. I am committed to continuing their pastoral and personal education to be better equipped to serve.
3. I recognize their boundaries of competence referring to other professionals as they see necessary.
5. If I am in a teaching position, I will use my pastoral skills and human awareness to uplift those under their educational care avoiding emotional, physical or spiritual harm at all costs.
I5. Procedures for Processing Ethical Violations As a Chaplain, I embrace the principle that a ministry comes together not to destroy its members but to build and restore each other. Therefore, as a Chaplain, I will not engage in activities intended to harm anyone or pastoral care providers. Following the biblical counsel, I Mark O’Reilly will not entertain any accusation or complaints against anyone unless such complaint is brought by two or three reliable witnesses.” In the event of an unethical violation by anyone under my care I will follow the process of restoration and redemption recounted in the Holy Bible.