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Staff and Volunteer Ethics Sample Policy

All employees and volunteers will uphold the highest standards of ethical, professional behavior, above reproach in the sight of God and man. To that end, all employees and volunteers shall dedicate themselves to carrying out the mission of this ministry with honesty, loyalty, trustworthiness, fairness, integrity, and respect for others. 

They shall commit to the following:

  1. Taking into account biblical mandates, obey the laws of both the United States and, when the ministry has international involvement, the laws of the respective countries.

  2. Hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public in the performance of professional duties.

  3. Act in such a manner as to uphold and enhance personal honor, integrity, and dignity.

  4. Treat with respect and consideration all persons, regardless of race, religion, gender, maternity, marital or family status, disability, age, or national origin.

  5. Collaborate with and support other staff and volunteers in carrying out the ministry’s mission.

  6. Build reputations on the merit of services and refrain from competing unfairly with others.

  7. Recognize that the chief function of the ministry at all times is to serve God and the best interests of its constituency.

  8. Accept as a personal duty the responsibility to keep up-to-date on emerging issues and to conduct themselves with competence, fairness, impartiality, efficiency, and effectiveness.

  9. Respect the structure and responsibilities of the ministry’s governing board, provide them with facts and advice as a basis for policy decisions, and uphold and implement policies adopted by the governing board.

  10. Conduct ministerial and operational duties with positive leadership exemplified by open communication, creativity, dedication, and compassion.

  11. Exercise whatever discretionary authority they have under the law to carry out the mission of the ministry.

  12. Serve with respect, concern, courtesy, and responsiveness in carrying out the ministry’s mission.

  13. Demonstrate the highest standards of personal integrity, truthfulness, honesty, and fortitude in all activities in order to inspire confidence and trust in such activities.

  14. Avoid any interest or activity that is in conflict with the conduct of their official duties.

  15. Respect and protect privileged information to which they have access in the course of their official duties.

  16. Strive for personal and professional excellence and encourage the professional development of others.

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This text is provided with the understanding that ECFA is not rendering legal, accounting, or other professional advice or service. Professional advice on specific issues should be sought from an accountant, lawyer, or other professional.

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