Episcopalian priests dating parishoners
Similarly, where the clergy are supervising employed members of staff, or mentoring or coaching church members, there needs to be absolute clarity about the role in which they are engaging with them.
The responsibility for pastoral care must not be confused with any other role. The appropriateness of visiting and being visited alone, especially at night, needs to be assessed with care.
At no time should they provide formal counselling for those in their pastoral care, even when they are accredited as counsellors in other settings.
Consideration should be given to: the dress of the minister, appropriate to the context – which are important considerations in pastoral care.
As pastors, spiritual guides and representatives of the Christian faith, they are in a position of trust in their relationships with those for whom they have pastoral care.
All personal and professional conduct is bounded by law and legal sanction.
“God calls his people to follow Christ, and forms us into a royal priesthood, a holy nation, to declare the wonderful deeds of him who has called us out of darkness into his marvellous light.” “The Church is the Body of Christ, the people of God and the dwelling-place of the Holy Spirit.
In baptism the whole Church is summoned to witness to God’s love and to work for the coming of his kingdom.” “To serve this royal priesthood, God has given particular ministries.” “Deacons are ordained so the people of God may be better equipped to make Christ known. Christ is the pattern of their calling and their commission.” “Priests are ordained to lead God’s people in the offering of praise and the proclamation of the gospel.