PCC3110EN - Professional Ethics in Pastoral Care

Course description

Professional ethics sets forth the values and standards of pastoral care, assists in making decisions and guiding behavior, provides a means for accountability, and helps inform expectations regarding pastoral care providers. This course will examine ethical principles regarding clients, boundaries with others, in relationship with provider faith group, other professionals, regarding advertising, and when conducting research.

How this course benefits students

With the increased liability of practicing pastoral care, student must understand and adhere to the commonly accepted professional standards for institutional ministry and missional activities.

Why this course is important

Pastoral caregivers wrestle with many issues regarding working in institutional settings while honoring their own faithgroups and working with other professionals of other faiths. Often, those engaged in pastoral care minister to others outside their own faithgroup.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Pastoral Care & Chaplaincy
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. David Hormenoo, Professor of Chaplaincy

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Biblical faith is intended to interact with real-life complex issues. Core values are defined, and then through a process of reasoning, careful ethical application is made.

Missionally driven

Those engaged in pastoral care are to live out their calling with their roots in biblical faith, caring for others involves reaching out to others where they are with all of their patients' hurts and pains in the name of Christ.

Contextually informed

Pastoral care may take the place in an institutional setting rather than a church. Special ethical guidelines for these contexts based upon biblical and accepted ethical principles helps bring help and comfort in this unique context.

Interculturally focused

In most ministry settings, within or outside the church context, ministers provide care to those in different cultural settings, whose norms must been understood and respected where appropriate.

Practically minded

Ethics for pastoral caregivers involves the right way to relate to one's self, other professionals, their faith groups, and their clients and patients--in all aspects regarding the functioning of the pastoral caregiver.

Experientially transformed

Ethics in pastoral care involves specific situtions and examples from daily ministy. This course will help those engaged in pastoral care to function with integrity and honor.