Dr. Howard McFarland PhD Administrator
– Lead Bishop
St. S. #200
THE DESK OF THE BISHOP:
. This month, instead of doing my normal
devotion, I want to address an issue that’s on my Heart, and help all of our
Ministers, Chaplains, and Biblical Counselors, to have the info they need to
address this issue.
As a ministry, we have to keep the members
of this ministry association informed. We have to provide info to you be an
‘Informed Watchman’ in your ministries, and to cover you with a Spiritual
Covering and protect ourselves as a Ministry.
Forthwith this month, I want to address the issue of Abuse that plagues
are nation and inform you as Ministers, Chaplains and Biblical Counselors, the
role we play in this arena. I cannot cover all of the info on this subject, due
to the fact that different states have different laws. However, I hope this will
impress upon you to seek out the Laws in your state. As you will see, we are
Mandated Reporters of Abuse, we are called to a higher standard than other
professionals. Starting this month, all
new certificates issued, will have UACCCI Ministries’, Code of Ethics, also the
Code of Ethics for Ministers, Chaplains and/or Biblical Counselors included
with them. I would highly encourage you to do a Google Search and copy these
Code of Ethics for yourself, or E-Mail me to get a copy of the Code of Ethics.
There are 7 Main Core Abuse situations.
There are many that branch off from these, however we are going to deal with
the 7, and you can explore more if you are so entailed.
Physical Abuse…… Any type of Abuse, that causes Physical
Harm to a Person
Sexual Abuse …… Any type of Sexual Acts,
Emotional or Psychological Abuse…….
Manipulation, Enabler, Threats, Anger, Communications
Neglect …… Any person that is knowingly
or unknowingly being Neglected, from Food, Shelter, Financial
Stability, Safe Environment or Medical
Abandonment……. Any person knowingly Abandoning His or Her
Financial or Material Exploitation………..
Scams, Invasion, Fraud, Electronic, Insurance, Taxes
Self-neglect……….. Self Harm, through
Drugs, Alcohol, Food, Suicide, Dirty or Torn Clothing, Living in
Unsanitary Conditions, Hygiene, Medical
This is just a list to start you on this
journey of being informed. Any of these above listed abuses has to be reported
to proper authorities. You can, by law, report these under actually seeing the
abuse, suspecting, hearing or via 2nd hand information. I know a lot of Faith Leaders, believe that
we are under the Seal of the Church/Confessional, I do agree to that, in certain
situations. However when it comes to abuse, we have a moral obligation to
report this to the proper agencies. My rule of thumb is if they have violated
someone else’s trust in them, why they should expect anybody not to violate
their trust. I know this is a gray area, and sensitive, however, there are too
many people being abused and no one seems to care. One thing to remember is we
are just reporting the abuse; there are many other guidelines to follow, if we
are actually called into a Court Hearing.
In my practices, as a Minister, Chaplain
and Biblical Counselor, I make it Verbally, Written and Understood, that
anything that they have done, or that they are doing illegally, is subject to
the State Laws. I have to report any thing that I suspect as Abuse, and or
Violation of others Rights.
Another issue, I want to address. We
have the right, Morally and Legally, if we have not heard from someone in a few
days, to do a Well Check on them. All you have to do is notify the Local
Authorities, give them the info and ask them to do a Well Check on that person.
There are a lot of people living by themselves, and needs checked on. I know
some people don’t want to get involved, however it is better to have them
checked on, and then live with regrets of not doing it.
I know I have Covered a lot of Info here in this Month. I
haven’t actually scratched the surface. However I feel like this is important
info for you to have. You can re-act by taken heed to this info, or you don’t
have to. However as a Ministry, we have given you the Basic Info, and have it
on file in the Office.
IF WE AS MINISTERS, CHAPLAINS & BIBLICAL COUNSELORS, DO NOT START
REPORTING THIS, & BE A WATCHMAN TO THOSE WHO CANNOT FEND FOR THEMSELVES,
Rev. Dr. Howard McFarland
Rev. Dr. Howard McFarland