ECC Clergy Code of Expectations
It is essential that we all act with integrity on a consistent basis and be accountability to one
another. As ministers of the Gospel we affirm our commitment to living lives that can be an example to others. We recognize this document as an attempt to come to some agreement in our understanding of the sacred nature of our calling. By the Grace of God and the Power of the Holy Spirit, I commit myself to do the following:
Family and Self:
1. Live a life that honors my commitment to my family, including our need for privacy and family
time together. This includes weekly time as well as recreation andvacation time.
2. To preserve my physical health by refraining from overindulgence that results in the abuse of my
body. Our body is the Lord’s Temple. We are all guilty of this to some degree. The adage “in all
things moderation” applies here.
3. To preserve my emotional health by knowing when to seek help and counseling.
4. To schedule adequate time for spiritual renewal, prayer, mediation, study of the scriptures, and
5. Maintain propriety in my intimate life, guarding my relationship with my spouse by avoiding
inappropriate conduct outside of marriage or monogamous relationships. This includes putting
ourselves in compromising situations with parishioners and clergy.
6. I will to the best of my ability conduct myself in a moral, ethical, and responsible way in all
aspects of my life and with everyone I encounter.
1. I will seek a personal relationship with God, working to grow in faith, knowledge, grace, and
love through regular study, continuing education, prayer, meditation, fellowship, worship and acts
2. I will proclaim the Gospel making clear that perfection is the result of, not a prerequisite for
a relationship with God.
3. I will administer the sacraments and provide unbiased love and care without regard to whom the
4. I will never use my position, power and authority to exploit others for any reason. We have a zero tolerance policy for any sexual exploitation of children.
5. I will never seek to put myself above others out of ego.
6. I will remain faithful to my own personal ministry by being responsible and accountable to all
those whom God has entrusted to me.
7. I will keep in confidence all privileged communication received during the conduct of my
ministry. I will only disclose confidential information when convinced that the withholding of that
information would result in imminent, life-threatening or substantial harm to myself or others.
8. I will sow seeds of love and hope at every opportunity possible.
The Episcopal Catholic Church Community:
1. After my relationship with God and family, I will place the unity and well-being of the ECC and
my local ministry at the top of my daily priority list.
2. If I am able, I will provide financial support to the national church to carry out its mission.
This on a voluntary basis.
3. I will encourage the ministry of others and support the ECC through the volunteering of my time
and efforts in collaboration with my fellow clergy.
4. I agree to the best of my ability to attend all monthly clergy meetings and will seek to stay in
regular contact with my fellow clergy.
5. I will speak my mind honestly, openly, but always respectfully with my fellow clergy.
6. I will honor and respect any theological differences among my fellow clergy.
7. I will take no action that would cause harm to the Episcopal Catholic Church or its reputation
nor will I sow discord or seek to cause harm in any way.
8. I will follow my bishop’s guidance so long as it is moral, legal, and ethical.
9. No exorcism can be performed by a person not adequately trained to do so and permission must be granted by the Archbishop Primus. No activity that may cause physical harm or death such as snake handling or poison drinking will be permitted.
10. Should I choose to leave the church I will notify my bishop as soon as possible.