As an endorsed clergyperson of the Alliance of Baptists, I make the following commitments: I will work cooperatively and collegially with those with whom I serve in the ministry to which I have been called.
I will stand in a supportive relationship with my colleagues in ministry, offering and receiving counsel and support in times of need.
I will maintain the highest ethical standards with colleagues, institutions, or congregations that employ me.
I will recognize the power my ministry gives me and refrain from practices that are harmful to others and which endanger my integrity or my professional effectiveness.
I will use my ministerial status, position and authority in ways that do not abuse, misguide, negatively influence, manipulate or take advantage of anyone, especially children.
I will personally and professionally support persons who experience discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, age, marital status, national origin, religion, physical ability, or mental ability.
I will seek to know, understand and respect the diversity of opinions, beliefs, and practices of others.
I will be a good steward of that which God provides and handle my own finances and those of my partners in ministry and my place of employment honestly and with great care.
I will seek to grow in faith, knowledge, and the practice of ministry through spiritual practices, study, professional development, and service.
I will live a life that honors my commitments to myself and my loved ones, including the need for privacy, time apart, and time together.
I will honor all confidences shared with me in my capacity as a clergyperson, unless not allowed by law, and I will maintain such confidentiality even when the pastoral relationship has ended.
I will navigate transitions between ministries carefully to support the ministry of those who follow me as well as the well-being of those with whom I have had a pastoral relationship.
With God’s help and the help of my colleagues in ministry, I make this covenant.