The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) has developed and released a "Code of Ethics for Pastors" document, and is asking church leaders across denominational lines to sign and uphold its outlined principles in their lives as ministers, the Christian Post website reports today (June 14, 2012).
"This is to remind people who they are in ministry and how important their personal integrity, their personal conduct and lifestyle really are for what they are trying to accomplish," Dr. Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland, A Church Distributed in Longwood, Florida told The Christian Post.
Hunter -- who is a board member of the NAE and one of several pastors who have already signed the code of ethics -- said that the document is an important way to reemphasize that those in ministerial leadership need to live above reproach.
The document does not describe specific rules or infractions, but does include five primary admonitions. It suggests pastors should pursue integrity, be trustworthy, seek purity, embrace accountability, and facilitate fairness. Bible verses are used to support the principles.