Campus Ministry Ethics and
NHI will have consistent
operating principles. For the sake of loving students well, and for
consistency across campus staff, NHI is committed to a staff and student
partnership along the following lines. If student leaders are committed
to the NHI doctrinal statement, then:
Staff are committed to
doing evangelism, mentoring, advising student leadership teams, and
teaching Scripture, Christian theology, and ethics.
Staff and students may
refer to the NHI doctrinal statement, not as a replacement for
Scripture, but as a way to tell the story of early Christian theology
and reflection on Scripture.
Staff will advise student
leadership teams, present opinions, and offer help, but are committed to letting the
student leaders make decisions about on-campus strategies involving the
whole fellowship. We believe this will lead to good decisions about contextualizing the ministry to each campus context, or
a specific context within the campus. We believe that student
leaders will best understand the relational impacts of any decisions
they make on behalf of the fellowship.
Staff, in our
encouragement and teaching, will respect the distinction between kingdom
values and the possible expressions of those values. We do not
want to be overly prescriptive or narrow in our applications,
but we do want to call clearly for Jesus' kingdom values.
Staff will not begin dating
relationships with students.
Staff will not drink
alcohol with students present, except on special, public occasions like
Staff will give written and
email copies of this document to students, and make known to student
leaders how to contact NHI supervisors, to express any positive or
negative feedback about events or staff at any time. Student feedback is
NHI will keep an online
evaluation resource of NHI staff, local pastors, and other resource
people to assess the strengths and weaknesses of various speakers,
messages, and curricula. This will be similar to college students
reviews of their college professors and classes. Student input will be
very welcome. The goal is to increase student visibility into speaker,
message, and curriculum options.
NHI will publish an annual
summary of staff development areas. NHI will take seriously the
development of staff skills at preaching or cross-cultural competency;
knowledge of Scripture, theology, church history, comparative religion,
ethics; evangelism; even cooking or musical ability if appropriate to
the campus; etc. The goal is to help students and other ministry
partners know that their feedback is taken seriously, and to demonstrate
that staff development is a high priority because the most important
gift that we offer students is high quality campus ministry staff.
The above may become more
specific as NHI grows and develops. Any updates will be published
regularly and clearly. The goal is to have consistency across various
campuses in regards to the staff-student partnership.