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NACBA Code of Ethics

As a member of the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA), I commit myself to Christian, ethical, and lawful conduct, including the proper use of authority and appropriate decorum when acting as a church professional.  I will use this Code of Ethics as a guide in performing my duties with trustworthiness and integrity, as a Christian, as a colleague, and as a leader in the congregation where I serve.

As a leader in church administration, I will not attempt to exercise individual authority over the church community except as explicitly set forth in its governing policies.


 I will:

  • Be committed to the mission of the Church;

  • Strongly advocate that business practices are consistent with the authority of Scripture and civil law where there is no conflict;

  • Be responsive to my church’s or religious institution’s authorities, advocating ethical business practices as my standard;

  • Perform all duties as outlined in my job description, fulfilling my fiduciary responsibility to the members of the church;

  • Be knowledgeable of the documents governing the operations of the church;

  • Respect the processes of the church’s governing body by not undermining the decisions of that body;

  • Remain current with changes or advancements in the areas of financial accountability, and human resource management;

  • Openly and candidly share individual concerns, information, and knowledge with professional peers and church leadership;

  • Bring to the pastor’s immediate attention, or to that of the governing board, any condition or action that I believe exceeds a current operating policy or is in non-compliance with any governing document;

  • Respect the confidentiality appropriate to issues of a sensitive nature;

  • Exercise honesty in all written and interpersonal interaction;

  • Show professionalism to all those with whom I make contact on behalf of the church;

  • Make every reasonable effort to protect the integrity and promote the positive image of the church and its members;

  • Encourage and value involvement by members of the church community;

  • Respond in a spiritual manner consistent with my faith when confronted with conflict.


I pledge to:

  • Participate with professional colleagues in organized efforts to share new knowledge and development in professional practices;

  • Be an advocate for the NACBA and to advance the values and benefits of membership to the ministry leaders whom I support and others with whom I come into contact;

  • Strive to be a life-long learner, seeking to attain the highest degree of competency in my field of work.

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