Today I participated in Day 3 of our Synod's Code of Ethics training for ministry workers, mainly to conduct assessment. (A prior booking from my old job but fitting in well with my new one in terms of assisting synods with systems).
As with our previous courses, everyone present reported that they thought the course would be tedious or like waving the rule book at them. Instead they actually felt encouraged, supported and even inspired by the notion that pastoral ministry has theological, spiritual and ethical underpinnings that can be life-giving and ordering in the best sense.
I wrote three case studies last night, all of which seemed to work well. Sadly, we didn't get to play the "Speed Ethics" game due to lack of time. Congrats to Sean Gilbert and Beatrice Panne for putting together three excellent days.
What's more, people recognised the wisdom and spiritual depth evident in the Code of Ethics. I was reminded how enjoyable that it is to run a good educational setting with a group. I look forward to more opportunity to do that in my new role.