Pastoral Resources

Honorably Retired Ministers and their spouces or suviviors

Important Notice to all Retired Ministers, their spouces or survivors

The 205th General Assembly established the Association of Retired Ministers.

This association was formed to encourage retired ministers, their spouses, or survivors to continue connection with each other, and the Presbytery.

ARMSS assists them to function as a vital resource for the Presbytery when the presybtery is in search of interim ministers, committee volunteers, input, or advise on program planning.

The annual convention provides an opportunity for spiritual renewal, fellowship with old and new friends, sharing stories, and workshops that enhance your life. The 2004 conference will be held in Charlotte, NC

You can contact the Association of Retired Ministers at the following address: ARMSS, 100 Witherspoon Street, RM. 1617A, Louisville, KY 40202

JESUS LOVES ME

Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow.
Though my sight is growing dim,
Still He bids me trust in Him.

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YES, JESUS LOVES ME… YES, JESUS LOVES ME…YES; JESUS LOVES ME FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO.

Though my steps are oh, so slow,
With my hand in His I’ll go.
On through life, let come what may,
He’ll be there to lead the way.

(CHORUS)

Though I am no longer young,
I have much which He’s begun.
Let me serve Christ with a smile,
Go with others the extra mile.

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When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song.
Telling me in words so clear,
“Have no fear, for I am near.”

(CHORUS)

When my work on earth is done,
And life’s victories have been won.
He will take me home above,
Then I’ll understand His love.

(CHORUS)

I love Jesus, does He know?
Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear me say,
That I love Him every day.

The Shepherds Covenant

The Links on this page are to provide Support for Pastoral Ministries:

The Shepherds Covenant: Focus on the Family Pastoral Minstries

The Shepherd’s Covenant!

Ministry today is more difficult than it has ever been. It seems that each day we hear of another colleague in ministry who has fallen into immorality, another who has burned out, another who has in some way weakened the credibility of those called to God’s ministry. Why is this happening in record numbers today?
Perhaps amidst the hectic expectations that we encounter in “real” ministry, we lose sight of the commitments we made when we first accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior. Perhaps the standards by which we promised to live when we followed His call to be His ministers have been overshadowed by exhaustion or carelessness. Whatever the cause, we in ministry more and more are facing a crisis of integrity, righteousness and credibility.

What would it take for each of us in ministry to regain our focus and to recommit ourselves to a lifestyle pleasing to the Lord, to our congregations, to our families and to ourselves? Focus on the Family’s answer to that question is The Shepherd’s Covenant, a simple concept that calls spiritual leaders to a new level of accountability and commitment to the call of God on their lives. What would it take? It would take G-R-A-C-E.

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Discovering Personality Types
Personality Types:
A website about Psychological Types, based primarily on the works of Carl Jung and Isabel Briggs Myers

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 SPIRITUAL GIFTS
Finding Your Spiritual Gifts Self-Assessment

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 CONFIDENTIALITY
Confidentiality about the work of the Session is critical to the integrity of the session and the level of trust the members of your session and congregation will place in the session. Members of the session need to be reminded that matters before it are sensitive and should be held in strictest confidence even to the exclusion of spouses and close friends.

Confidentiality has been defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as “ensuring that information is accessible only to those authorized to have access” and is one of the cornerstones of Information security.

Confidentiality also refers to an ethical principle associated with several professions (eg, medicine, law, religion, journalism,…). Inethics, and (in some places) in law, some types of communication between a person and one of these professionals are “privileged” and may not be discussed or divulged to third parties. In those jurisdictions in which the law makes provision for such confidentiality, there are usually penalties for its violation.

Confidentiality of information, enforced in an adaptation of military’s classic “need-to-know” principle, forms the cornerstone of information security in today’s corporations.

What is Confidentiality?
Within the context of professional ethics, observing the principle of confidentiality means keeping information given by or about an individual in the course of a professional relationship secure and secret from others. This confidentiality is seen as central to the maintenance of trust. It applies to all forms of transmission; verbal, written, digital, manual or hardcopy records, videos and illustrations etc. -wherever they can be identified with a specific individual.

When does disclosure not constitute a breach of confidentiality?
Disclosure of information about an individual to others will constitute a breach of confidentiality only if that information was previously unknown to the recipient.
Confidentiality applies to personal information. General information may be disclosed without breaching confidentiality.

Disclosure with consent
The principle of confidentiality can be waived with the consent of that individual and in practice, an obligation to maintain confidentiality would often work against their interests if it could not be so waived.

Breaching confidentiality
Circumstances in which confidentiality might be breached for ethically or legally justifiable reasons include:
Cases in which the professional knows or suspects that an individual is acting illegally.
Cases in which the professional knows or suspects that an individual is harming others*.
Cases in which the professional knows or suspects that an individual might harm others* in future.
Cases in which the professional knows or suspects that an individual is harming themselves.
Cases in which the professional knows or suspects that an individual might harm themselves in future.
Cases in which the professional knows or suspects that a minor is being exploited or abused by others*.
Cases in which the professional knows or suspects that a competent adult is being exploited or abused by others*.
*Others may here refer to:
People with whom that individual has a personal relationship
Members of the general public.
Professionals with whom that individual has a service-provider/service-user relationship.
It will be useful to consider whether the status of the other person affected affects the outcome of deliberation. For example, if the person being harmed or at risk is a child, does this make a breach of confidentiality more or less justifiable than if a fellow professional is at risk?
Even more complex are issues where maintaining confidentiality means accepting continuing harm or the risk of harm to non-human interests such as animals, the environment or property.
There are also decisions to be made regarding procedure where a decision to breach confidentiality is made. Professional codes normally advise their members to try to get consent for disclosure first, but in some cases an indication that the professional is considering disclosure the information to others will subvert the reasons for making the disclosure.

LIFE TOGETHER IN THE COMMUNITY OF FAITH:
STANDARDS OF ETHICAL CONDUCT FOR
ORDAINED OFFICERS IN THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.)

As an ordained officer in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in obedience to Jesus Christ, under the authority of Scripture and guided by our Confessions, I affirm the vows made at my ordination, confirm that Jesus Christ is the pattern for my life and ministry and, relying on God’s grace, commit myself to the following standards of ethical conduct.
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I will conduct my life in a manner that is faithful to the gospel and consistent with my public ministry. Therefore I will:
1. Practice the disciplines of study, prayer, reflection, worship, stewardship, and service;
2. Be honest and truthful in my relationships with others;
3. Be faithful, keeping the covenants I make and honoring marriage vows;
4. Treat all persons with equal respect and concern as beloved children of God;
5. Maintain a healthy balance among the responsibilities of my office of ministry, my commitments to family and other primary relationships, and my need for spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual renewal;
6. Refrain from abusive, addictive, or exploitative behavior and seek help to overcome such behavior if it occurs;
7. Refrain from gossip and abusive speech; and
8. Maintain an attitude of repentance, humility, and forgiveness, responsive to God’s reconciling will.

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I will conduct my ministry so that nothing need be hidden from a governing body or colleagues in ministry. Therefore I will:
1. Preach, teach, and bear witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ with courage, speaking the truth in love;
2. Honor the sacred trust of relationships within the covenant community and observe appropriate boundaries;
3. Be judicious in the exercise of the power and privileges of my office and positions of responsibility I hold;
4. Avoid conflicts of interest that might compromise the effectiveness of my ministry;
5. Refrain from exploiting relationships within the community of faith for personal gain or gratification, including sexual harassment and misconduct as defined by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) policy;
6. Respect the privacy of individuals and not divulge information obtained in confidence without express permission, unless an individual is a danger to self or others;

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