Standards of Conduct
As a member of a team (or as a volunteer), you agree to…
- Remember that I am a guest working at the invitation of a local pastor.
- Remember that I have come to learn, not to teach. I may run across procedures that I feel are ineffective or attitudes that I find close-minded. I will resist the temptation to inform the how about “how to do things.” I will be open to learning other people’s methods and ideas.
- Respect the host’s views of Christianity. I recognize Christianity has many faces throughout the world, and that the purpose of this trip is to witness and experience faith lived out in a new setting.
- Develop and maintain a servant’s attitude toward all nations and my teammates.
- Respect my team leaders(s) and his or her decisions.
- Refrain from gossip. I may be surprised at how each person will blossom when freed from the concern that others may be passing judgement.
- Refrain from complianing. I know that travel can present numerous unexpected circumstances, but I know that each aspect of missions trip is for God’s glory and not my own. I will try to be creative and supportive.
- Respect the work that is going on in the country with the particular church(es) or person(s) with whom we are working. I realize that our team is here for just a short while, but that the local church is here for the long haul. I will respect their knowledge, insights, and instructions.
- Refrain from negative comments or hostile discussions.
- Remember not to be exclusive in my relationships. If my close friend or spouse is on the team, I will make every effort to interact with all members of the team, not just one another.
- Refrain from any activity that could be misconstrued as a romantic interest toward a fellow team member or toward a national. I realize certain activities that seem innocent in my own culture may seem inappropriate in others.
- Abstain from the consumption of alcoholic beverages or the use of tobacco while on the trip.