Fellow Mount Gambier pastor Rudy Furlong read these to us this morning.
They make sense and are similar to other protocols I’ve heard.
Thing is, hearts that want to grow in grace will benefit from accountability like this. Hearts that do not will see such principles as a burden. These rules are not the final word. Accountability is.
Thou shalt not go to lunch alone with the opposite sex. *
Thou shalt not have the opposite sex pick you up or drive you places when it is just the two of you.*
Thou shalt not kiss any attender of the opposite sex or show affection that could be questioned.*
Thou shalt not visit the opposite sex alone at home. *
Thou shalt not counsel the opposite sex alone at the office, and thou shalt not counsel the opposite sex more than once without that person’s mate. Refer them.
Thou shalt not discuss detailed sexual problems with the opposite sex in counseling. Refer them.
Thou shalt not discuss your marriage problems with an attender of the opposite sex.
Thou shalt be careful in answering emails, instant messages, chatrooms, cards or letters from the opposite sex.
Thou shalt make your co-worker your protective ally.
Thou shalt pray for the integrity of other staff members.
* The first four do not apply to unmarried staff.
I’d be happy for the first four to apply to singles.