Understanding of and adherence to pastoral ethics and practices

Demonstrate understanding, skill and compassion in caring for persons and congregations.

The candidate shall

  • give evidence of appropriate care and empathy toward persons in various crises.
  • show a grasp of the challenges and opportunities emerging in the various stages of life.
  • exhibit an understanding of the psychological and social forces that shape human behavior.
  • demonstrate the ability to offer accountable spiritual counsel with appropriate boundaries, utilizing the resources of faith and forgiveness.
  • show an ability to refer to appropriate community and professional resources.
  • exhibit sufficient emotional and psychological health and self-understanding to care for others in a healthy way.
  • show capacity for self-care, including appropriate use of outside mentors, coaches, and/or counselors.