Policy Concerning Pastoral Moral Integrity:
We believe that a Pastor is to represent God to the congregation and community with the highest standard of integrity, and his actions should be blameless (1 Timothy 3:2) and his actions should be such that he has a good report with people, both within and without the congregation (1 Timothy 3:7).
We also believe that the Pastor is a Shepherd of the congregation, and his highest duty should be to care for, and protect the flock (1 Peter 5:2).
These dual Biblical requirements are to be demonstrated in our relations with the opposite sex, and in the area of sexuality in general. God demands purity of all believers, and Pastors are held to a higher standard (James 3:1), so as to not cause anyone to stumble.
If a Pastor falls into any form of sexual sin, or damages his testimony morally, he is liable for immediate removal from the ministry.
a. They can question him to determine his fitness to return to ministry, and make any recommendations of how/how
soon/what capacity he is able to serve in.
5. As the Bible holds up a Pastor’s marriage as a basic requirement of ministry (1 Timothy 3:1-13), any violations by the Pastor’s wife in the area of sexual communication or contact (as discussed above) will disqualify the couple from Pastoral ministry.
a. The terms of discipline (described above) would then be in effect.