Code of Ethics

Personal and Professional Practices

  • A Member maintains an integrated ministry that balances time for prayer and devotion, healthy family relationships, engagement in educational experiences for professional development, and recreation and vacation, all of which promote wholeness.
  • A Member deals honestly with fellow professionals, organizations and with those served.
  • A Member will not use knowledge, position or professional association to secure unfair personal advantage, personal favors or discounts, knowingly permit her or his services to be used by others for purposes inconsistent with his or her ethical standards, or use affiliation with the Academy of Parish Clergy for purposes that are not consonant with the stated purposes of the Academy.
  • A Member accurately depicts his/herself in all public presentations of one’s ministry (written, oral or visual), carefully distinguishing between personal opinions and the stands of this organization or other organizations with which the Member affiliates. A Member accurately presents one’s educational credentials and qualifications for engaging in a given area of ministry.

Institutional Relationships

  • A member maintains good standing in her or his faith group.
  • A member deals honorably with the record of his or her predecessors and successors in ministry. A member uses discretion when relating to a former place of ministry.
  • A Member observes and upholds his/her organization’s sexual misconduct, abuse and reporting policies. When professional boundary training (or similar program) is offered by one’s judicatory, a Member willingly renews her/his training once  every three to five years.
  • A member shows respect for the traditions and practices of the faith group out of which he or she has been called to serve. With respect for one’s tradition, the Member challenges those current practices of which he or she is aware which are not in keeping with the highest standards of religious practice.
  • A member gives encouragement only to those movements, agencies, practices and products which have been thoroughly investigated and receive his or her full personal approval.
    Relationships with Other Professionals and Colleagues
  • A member respects the integrity and protects the welfare and reputation of colleagues, refraining from disparagement and avoiding emotional, sexual or any other form of exploitation.
  •  A member strives to challenge prejudicial discrimination on the basis of gender, race, culture, age, ability, marital status, sexual orientation or on any other unjust bias.
  • A member shows respect for the beliefs of persons of other colleague groups or faith communities, respecting the religious convictions and theological positions of others.
  • A member gives due recognition to the sources from which material is derived, scrupulously avoiding plagiarism.

Relationship with the Community-At-Large

  • A Member, without neglecting her or his obligation to his or her primary context of ministry, recognizes his or her obligation to minister within the community-at- large in which she or he lives, serving the public with honesty, integrity and care
  • A Member cooperates with other members of the community-at-large who are committed to the welfare of the community as a whole, being aware that styles of ministry may vary according to particular community issues and needs.
  • A Member complies with the professional standards of the organizations to which the Member belongs, and with other state, community and institutional requirements which correspond with the Member’s area of ministry, as long as those requirements do not violate a Member’s strongly-held moral and ethical standards.

Financial Relationships

  • A Member guides all actions to reflect the principle that service is primary and remuneration is secondary to the practice of professional ministry
  • A Member engages in sound and open personal and corporate fiscal practices, maintains accurate financial records, and protects the integrity of funds entrusted to his or her care.
  • A Member upholds the principles and the practice of adequate compensation for all members of his or her profession.
  • A Member uses his or her own personal discretion in accepting or refusing remuneration or honoraria for professional services rendered. A Member gives thoughtful consideration to his or her own understanding of the value of ministry and the value placed on it by those who come to him or her for professional service.
  • A Member shows due respect for the property entrusted to his or her care, which is used to aid in the practice of ministry.

Relationship with Persons Served

  • A Member will respect the integrity and uphold the welfare of those served. A Member maintains relationships on a professional basis, avoiding emotional, sexual or any other form of exploitation.
  • A Member recognizes the trust placed in her or him by those served, respecting the confidentiality of those served and never divulges privileged information without the permission of the person served.
  • A Member respects the religious convictions of those served and shows respect and sensitivity in regard to their beliefs.


The Academy of Parish Clergy Code of Ethics Copyright ©2012 The Academy of Parish Clergy, Inc. Revision approved by the APC Board, May 8, 2012