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The word “ethics” carries an aura of countervailing views, overlapping claims, uncertain footing, and seductive attractions. Some issues are as clear as the horizontal versus vertical axes in Sawai Chinnawong’s striking painting, Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife, that graces the cover of this book. At the same time—because we are involved, because our interests, our inclinations, our plans and relationships are at stake—the issues that engage missionary practitioners can be frustratingly labyrinthine, curling endlessly back on themselves. Evangelical missionaries and mission agencies are concerned about personal morality—and rightly so. But as the chapters in this volume attest, evangelical mission’s ethical engagement extends far beyond simply avoiding compromising sexual situations and not absconding with the finances. How should we talk about others’ beliefs and practices to ourselves? To them? How should we represent ourselves to others? What role does tolerance for ambiguity play in missionaries’ mental preparation? How should accountability be structured in intercultural partnerships? Are there ways to enable organizational justice to flourish in mission institutions? What might integrity in short-term mission outreach look like? How does care for creation relate to mission? What role can a code of ethics for missionary practice play? Limited and fallible and marred by the fall, we need both guidance and admonition—and deep reflection on the conduct of evangelical mission such as is provided in this volume—so that we may serve Jesus with true integrity.



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Other Books in the EMS Series
No.1 Scripture and Strategy: The Use of the Bible in Postmodern Church and Mission , David Hesselgrave
No.2 Christianity and the Religions: A Biblical Theology of World Religions , Edward Rommen and Harold Netland
No.3 Spiritual Power and Missions: Raising the Issues , Edward Rommen
No.4 Missiology and the Social Sciences: Contributions, Cautions, and the Conclusions, Edward Rommen and Gary Corwin
No.5 The Holy Spirit and Mission Dynamics , Douglas McConnell
No.6 Reaching the Resistant: Barriers and Bridges for Mission , Dudley Woodberry
No.7 Teaching Them Obedience in All Things: Equipping for the Twenty-first Century , Edward Elliston
No.8 Working Together With God to Shape the New Millennium: Opportunities and Limitations , Kenneth Mulholland and Gary Corwin
No.9 Caring for the Harvest Force in the New Millennium , Tom Steffen and Douglas Pennoyer
No.10 Between Past and Future: Evangelical Mission Entering the 21st Century, Jonathan Bonk
No.11 Christian Witness in Pluralistic Contexts in the 21st Century , Enoch Wan
No.12 The Centrality of Christ in Contemporary Missions , Mike Barnett and Michael Pocock
No.13 Contextualization and Syncretism: Navigating Cultural Currents , Gailyn Van Rheenan
No.14 Business as Mission: From Impoverished to Empowered , Tom Steffen and Mike Barnett
No.15 Missions in Contexts of Violence , Keith Eitel
No.16 Effective Engagement in Short-Term Missions: Doing it Right ! Robert J. Priest
No.17 Missions from the Majority World: Progress, Challenges, and Case Studies, Enoch Wan and Michael Pocock

About EMS
The Evangelical Missiological Society is a professional organization with more than 350 members comprised of missiologists, mission administrators, teachers, pastors with strategic missiological interests, and students of missiology. EMS exists to advance the cause of world evangelization. We do this through study and evaluation of mission concepts and strategies from a biblical perspective with a view to commending sound mission theory and practice to churches, mission agencies, and schools of missionary training around the world. We hold an annual national conference and eight regional meetings held throughout the United States and Canada.

EDITORS Dwight P. Baker Douglas Hayward

Serving Jesus with Integrity: Ethics and Accountability in Mission
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Cover art: Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife , by Sawai Chinnawong; acrylic on canvas, 2004, 25 °— 31 1/2. Used by permission. Published by William Carey Library 1605 E. Elizabeth Street Pasadena, CA 91104 |
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Digital Ebook Release Primalogue 2014 ISBN: 978-0-87808-831-7
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Serving Jesus with integrity : ethics and accountability in mission / editors, Douglas Hayward and Dwight P. Baker. p. cm. -- (Evangelical Missiological Society series ; no. 18) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-87808-023-6 1. Missions. 2. Christian ethics. 3. Missionaries--Professional ethics. I. Hayward, Douglas James. II. Baker, Dwight P. BV2063.S42 2010 241--dc22

Dwight P. Baker
Part I: Integrity in Message, Finances, and Relationships
1. Reconstructing an Ethic of Evangelism for Twenty-first-Century Congregations
Fran Blomberg
2. An Approach to Financial Accountability in Mission Partnerships
Mary Lederleitner
3. Seeing Through a Glass More Clearly: The Moral and Evangelistic Imperative of More Accurately Representing Other People’s Religions to Ourselves
Edwin Zehner
Part II: Integrity in Personal Morality
4. Ethics and Accountability in the Mission Community
William D. Taylor
5. Internet Pornography and Missions
Steven G. Edlin
6. The Dynamic Relationship Between Ethical Compromise and Ministry Effectiveness
Jon Freeman
Part III: Integrity in Institutional Practice
7. “Deleadered”: Ethical Removal of Leaders in Mission Organizations
David Broucek
8. Seven Stealth Ethical Issues Flying Under the Radar of Many Mission Agencies
Gary R. Corwin
9. Organizational Justice: Perceptions of Being Fairly Treated
David R. Dunaetz
Part IV: Integrity in the Field
10. Ethical Guidelines for Church Planters: A Suggested Proposal
J. D. Payne
11. Some Ethical Considerations About Short-Term Mission
Gorden R. Doss
12. Sustainable Missions: Ethical Principles for Holistic Practice in a Broken World
John R. Wood and Michael P. Ferber
Part V: Integrity in Recruitment and Representation
13. Truth and Storytelling: It Is Important to Get the Facts Straight
John McNeill
14. Ethical Issues in Missionary Filmmaking: Cinematic Tropes of Power and Perspective
Curtis A. Wilkinson
15. The Missionary and the Camera: Developing an Ethic for Contemporary Missionary Photographers
Gabriel B. Tait
Part VI: Integrity Through Intentional Accountability
16. Holding Missionaries Accountable: A Proposed Code of Ethics for Missionaries Based Upon the Code of Ethics of the American Anthropological Association
Douglas Hayward and Paul E. Langenwalter II

The very word “ethics” carries with it an aura of a multiplicity of questions, of countervailing views, overlapping claims, uncertainty of footing, seductive attractions, and diverging paths. Ethical guidelines come into play—or are put forward—where clarity is attenuated and additional light may prove useful. If we knew the right course to take inherently and nonreflectively, by virtue of some inner touchstone of good intentions, ethical guidelines as instruction would not be necessary. If we unfailingly did the right that we do know, ethics as injunction—“Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Matt. 7:12 NRSV)—would be superfluous. But ethical formulations and ethical instruction in themselves are not sufficient. Viewed simply as adherence to rules, ethics falls short. Even apart from our human penchant for evading or overstepping rules, we simply cannot manufacture rules enough. Situations are too numerous and too various for us to be able to supply a rule tailored to each one. We need to be changed, to become new creatures, if our practice is to change fundamentally.
Seductive Attractions
Some issues are very clear, as clear as the horizontal versus vertical axes in Sawai Chinnawong’s striking painting, Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife , that graces the cover of this book. At the same time—because they find deep within us an ally that responds to the tug of their blandishments, because they involve our relationships, commitments, and obligations to other people, and because they bring to the fore our standing before God—the issues can be as complex as the interplay of triangles that gives this painting its core structure.
Potiphar’s wife reclines on the couch, legs akimbo, breasts upthrust. A come hither smile lights her face as she tugs on Joseph’s cloak, exuding allure, holding out promise of delectation.
But Joseph will have none of it. Upright and resolute, he pulls away, even as his jacket slips from his shoulders. Face set, he turns to the door and, with lengthening stride, exits the scene. What decisiveness, what manly resolve, what firmness of intent and purpose. Not for him the convenient liaison or fraudulent pleasure thrust in his path.
For someone acquainted with Chinnawong’s artistry primarily through the book of his art Christ on the Bangkok Road , 1 the question arises: Are sanctity, creativity, and fecundity primarily curvaceous, replete with exfoliated contours? Is temptation—and its ultimately self-defeating sterility—sharp edged, angular, pointed? But then, is Joseph’s jaw too firmly set? Can it be that his back is held too straight? Is he touched more deeply and in a spot more vulnerable than he dares to acknowledge, even to himself?
Evangelicals have possibly a reputation for being prissy about sex and awkward in coping with moral failure. But is the reputation wholly deserved? They may be reticent to speak about pornography, but evidently they are not reticent to consume it online. Steven Edlin states that U.S. evangelicals, including pastors and missionaries, track fairly closely with the general populace in percentage addicted to pornography on the Internet. More encouragingly, the works he cites show that evangelicals have produced or avail themselves of multiple resources for breaking addiction to Internet pornography. Further, in calling for restoration rather than condemnation, he gives evidence that evangelical mission agencies have moved beyond the stereotype of judgmentalism, “one strike and you’re out,” of years gone by, if indeed such was ever the case. Edlin shows that pornography is also a pastoral issue that is being addressed in intentional ways by evangelical mission agencies.
More than Personal Morality
If this volume lays to rest the canard that evangelicals have nothing to say about sexual temptation beyond the prohibition “Do not,” it also undoes the suspicion that personal morality exhausts the scope of evangelicals’ ethical interests and commitments.
Evangelical missionaries are concerned about personal morality, about sexual purity, and about financial integrity—and rightly so. Besides Edlin, see the chapters by William Taylor and Mary Lederleitner. Taylor’s treatment of moral failure encompasses less easily demarcated

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