Serving Jesus with Integrity (EMS 18)

Ethics and Accountability in Mission
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The word “ethics” carries an aura of countervailing views, overlapping claims, uncertain footing, and seductive attractions. Some issues are as clear as the horizontal versus vertical axes in Sawai Chinnawong’s striking painting, Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife, that graces the cover of this book. At the same time—because we are involved, because our interests, our inclinations, our plans and relationships are at stake—the issues that engage missionary practitioners can be frustratingly labyrinthine, curling endlessly back on themselves.

Evangelical missionaries and mission agencies are concerned about personal morality—and rightly so. But as the chapters in this volume attest, evangelical mission’s ethical engagement extends far beyond simply avoiding compromising sexual situations and not absconding with the finances. How should we talk about others’ beliefs and practices to ourselves? To them? How should we represent ourselves to others? What role does tolerance for ambiguity play in missionaries’ mental preparation? How should accountability be structured in intercultural partnerships? Are there ways to enable organizational justice to flourish in mission institutions? What might integrity in short-term mission outreach look like? How does care for creation relate to mission? What role can a code of ethics for missionary practice play?

Limited and fallible and marred by the fall, we need both guidance and admonition—and deep reflection on the conduct of evangelical mission such as is provided in this volume—so that we may serve Jesus with true integrity.

  • ISBN: 9780878080236
  • Pages: 438
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2010
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

Table of Contents

  • Introduction - Dwight P. Baker
  • Contributors

 

Part I: Integrity in Message, Finances, and Relationships

  • 1. Reconstructing an Ethic of Evangelism for Twenty-first-Century Congregations by Fran Blomberg
  • 2. An Approach to Financial Accountability in Mission Partnerships by Mary Lederleitner
  • 3. Seeing Through a Glass More Clearly: The Moral and Evangelistic Imperative of More Accurately Representing Other People’s Religions to Ourselves by Edwin Zehner

 

Part II: Integrity in Personal Morality

  • 4. Ethics and Accountability in the Mission Community by William D. Taylor
  • 5. Internet Pornography and Missions by Steven G. Edlin
  • 6. The Dynamic Relationship Between Ethical Compromise and Ministry Effectiveness by Jon Freeman

Part III: Integrity in Institutional Practice

  • 7. “Deleadered”: Ethical Removal of Leaders in Mission Organizations by David Broucek 
  • 8. Seven Stealth Ethical Issues Flying Under the Radar of Many Mission Agencies by Gary R. Corwin
  • 9. Organizational Justice: Perceptions of Being Fairly Treated by David R. Dunaetz

Part IV: Integrity in the Field

  • 10. Ethical Guidelines for Church Planters: A Suggested Proposal by J. D. Payne
  • 11. Some Ethical Considerations About Short-Term Mission by Gorden R. Doss
  • 12. Sustainable Missions: Ethical Principles for Holistic Practice in a Broken World by John R. Wood and Michael P. Ferber

Part V: Integrity in Recruitment and Representation

  • 13. Truth and Storytelling: It Is Important to Get the Facts Straight by John McNeill
  • 14. Ethical Issues in Missionary Filmmaking: Cinematic Tropes of Power and Perspective by Curtis A. Wilkinson
  • 15. The Missionary and the Camera: Developing an Ethic for Contemporary Missionary Photographers by Gabriel B. Tait

Part VI: Integrity Through Intentional Accountability

  • 16. Holding Missionaries Accountable: A Proposed Code of Ethics for Missionaries Based Upon the Code of Ethics of the American Anthropological Association by Douglas Hayward and Paul E. Langenwalter II

 

  • Index

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