Deniliquin Baptist Church
Version1 @ April 21 2020
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Code of Conduct
For Staff and Volunteers
Adopted by Elders & Administration Team on 21/04/2020
The Church is committed to creating safe spaces where people can be confident
that they will be cared for, nurtured and encouraged as they grow and at the
same time, protected from spiritual, physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
As part of this commitment, staff and volunteers are required to sign and abide by
this Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct sets out the following:
the ministry commitments of staff and volunteers
minimum behavioural standards and appropriate boundaries required of staff
and volunteers;
the obligation of staff and volunteers to comply with Safe Church Policy and
Procedures; and
the steps to be taken in the event of a potential breach of this Code.
The Code of Conduct seeks to reflect the biblical call to godliness and faithfulness in
ministry (e.g. 1 Timothy 3) but it is not intended as a replacement for the Bible
as a fundamental guide for faith and practice.
The Code of Conduct applies to all staff and volunteers aged 18 and over
The Code of Conduct should be read in conjunction with the Safe Church
Policy and:
Procedure for Staff and Volunteers
Procedure for Responding to Child Protection Concerns
Procedure for Handling Complaints against Staff and Volunteers
Procedure for Conflict Resolution
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1. Staff and Volunteers are encouraged to:
As a staff member/volunteer of the Church, I promise to as far as
reasonably practical:
a) Nurture their relationship with God and nurture healthy relationships with others;
b) uphold, support and abide by the Safe Church Policy;
c) respond to reasonable directions from the person with responsibility for the
ministry I am involved in;
d) communicate with integrity, including wise and accountable use of electronic
communication, including in accordance with Guidelines for Activities with
Children and Young People;
e) not knowingly make false, misleading, or deceptive statements;
f) not engage in bullying, harassment, emotional abuse, spiritual abuse, physical
abuse, sexual abuse, of any person including my own family;
g) not act violently or intentionally provoke violence;
h) upholding confidentiality; not disclosing any confidential information without the
consent of the person providing the information (the exception being where
there is a legal obligation);
i) report concerns about misconduct and/or abuse according to the Church’s Safe
Church Policy and relevant procedures;
j) disclose all relevant information as part of completing the Screening Check
Questionnaire if I have not already done so;
k) disclose to the Church Leadership if I am investigated for any criminal offences
or have any knowledge of serious unlawful activity within the church context.
l) act with sexual purity, meaning I will:
express my sexuality in healthy and God directed ways;
restrict sexual intimacy to the confines of the marriage relationship
o (where marriage has the same meaning as in the Marriage Rites of the
Baptist Union of Australia ie/ ‘the union between a man and a woman
to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life’);
recognize that it is inappropriate to access any type of pornographic
material and, if I struggle with this addiction, I will seek professional help;
ensure that romantic interactions are meaningfully consensual;
give consideration to any power imbalances in intimate relationships.
m) act with financial integrity in matters relating to DBC, including:
having accountable and transparent systems in place for financial
not seeking personal advantage or financial gain from our position (other
than in wages, recognised allowances and deductions).
n) not take or use property belonging to others without express consent, including
intellectual property (copyright);
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o) not use any prohibited substance and be responsible in my use of substances
that may be addictive (eg. prescriptions, alcohol);
p) avoid ongoing counselling of people with whom I have pastoral relationships;
q) make alternative arrangements for pastoral ministry for any person with whom I
may develop a romantic or intimate relationship.
2. I understand that if there is a complaint against me relating
to a breach of this Code of Conduct:
a) and it is a plausible complaint relating to Child Sexual Abuse or Sexual
Misconduct involving a child, the Church may ask me to step aside from my
duties while the complaint is being considered; and/or
b) if the complaint relates to serious misconduct and/or abuse (including Child
Sexual Abuse or vulnerable people) it will be reported to relevant government
authorities in accordance with relevant legal requirements; and/or
c) I agree to participate in any process initiated under the Procedure for Resolving
Conflict, Procedure for Handling Complaints against Staff and Volunteers and/or
Procedure for Responding to Child Protection Concerns and agree to be bound
by the outcomes of any such process, which may include termination of my
employment/engagement as a staff member or volunteer with the Church.
3. If I am a Pastoral staff member, I:
a) agree to uphold and be bound by the Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT Code of
Ethics and Conduct;
b) understand that a breach of the Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT Code of
Ethics and Conduct will be considered a breach of this Code of Conduct;
c) (if I am an Accredited or Recognised Minister) agree to participate in, and be
bound by the outcomes of, any process initiated under the Baptist Churches of
NSW & ACT Procedures for Handling Allegations.
I,__________________________________ have read, and agree to be bound by and
uphold, the Staff and Volunteer Code of Conduct.
NOTE: the staff member or volunteer should receive a copy of this Code of Conduct
and the Church should retain the signed and dated copy of the Code of Conduct
for at least 45 years.