Professional Ethics

MS 5YE5/6YE6

Winter 2019

This course explores the concept of professional ethics in relation to the practices of professional leadership and Christian ministry. It has three components: an exploration of the distinction between the traditions of theological ethics and professional ethics more generally, an engagement with prominent literature on professional ethics in various sectors of leadership and Christian ministry (including with particular examples of codes of ethics), and a concern to foster critical integration of “doctrine, ethics, and mission.”


  • To become familiar with traditions of theological reasoning about ethical issues.
  • To gain facility with current research and literature on professional ethics.


  • To nurture deeper self-reflection on one’s own calling, identity, character, and practices.
  • To foster the desire to be formed more fully by the Spirit into the character of Christ and find joy in our calling.


  • To develop the ability to employ diverse methods of ethical insight and practices in the cultural and discipline specific contexts of one’s specialization.
  • To cultivate practices for self-care in various forms of Christian leadership.