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Professional Sexual Ethics: A Holistic Ministry Approach

Professional Sexual Ethics

A Holistic Ministry Approach

Patricia Beattie Jung (Editor), Darryl W. Stephens (Editor)


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Sexual health is an essential part of maintaining professional relationships in ministry. Focusing on implications for the practice of ministry, this book engages all dimensions of theological education and academic disciplines. Each chapter includes an analysis of common ministry situations, discussion questions, practical guidelines, and resources for further study. The volume is ideal for use in courses on professional ethics for ministry, advanced leadership training, and continuing education for clergy.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800699437
  • eBook ISBN 9781451430912
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 256
  • Publication Date December 1, 2013


Part I: Ethical Landscape of Ministry
1. Sexuality, Health, and Integrity
Kate M. Ott
2. Fiduciary Duty and Sacred Trust
Darryl W. Stephens
3. Sexing the Ministry
Stanley Hauerwas
4. Erotic Attunement: Rethinking Love across Pastoral Power Gradients
Christina L.H. Traina
Part II: Sources of Wisdom
5. Sexual Ethics in Church History
Rosemary Radford Ruether
6. David and Women and Power and I
John C. Holbert
7. Self-Love and Ministerial Practice
Susan A. Ross
8. Orthoeros: A Biblically-Based Sexual Ethic
Miguel A. De La Torre
Part III : Practices of Ministry
9. Pastoral Care and Sexual Ethics
Joretta Marshall
10. Ministry with Adolescents: Tending Boundaries, Telling Truths
Robert C. Dykstra
11. Teaching Sexual Ethics in Faith Communities
Boyung Lee
12. Touch Not Mine Anointed
F. Douglas Powe
13. Mission and Sexuality
Steven Charleston
14. Preaching and Sexual Ethics
John S. McClure
15. Public Worship and Human Sexuality
Don E. Saliers
Part IV: Pastoral Leadership
16. Pastor/Parishioner Relationships: Love, Power, and Vulnerability
Jeanne Hoeft
17. Pornography and Abuse of Social Media
Joyce Ann Mercer
18. When Leaders Fall
Adam Hamilton
19. Sexual Issues in Parish Ministry
Youtha Hardman-Cromwell
20. Sex and the Pastoral Life
Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore
Index of Biblical References
Index of Authors/Names



Steven Charleston is a Visiting Professor of Native American Ministries at Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University.

Miguel A. De La Torre is a Professor of Social Ethics and Latino/a Studies at Iliff School of Theology.

Robert C. Dykstra is the Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Adam Hamilton is the Senior Pastor at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.

Youtha Hardman-Cromwell is the Assistant Dean for Mount Vernon Square and a Professor of Practice in Ministry and Mission at Wesley Theological Seminary.

Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University.

Jeanne Hoeft is an Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care at Saint Paul School of Theology.

John C. Holbert is the Lois Craddock Perkins Professor Emeritus of Homiletics at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.

Patricia B. Jung is a Professor of Christian Ethics and the Oubri A. Poppele Professor of Health and Welfare Ministries at Saint Paul School of Theology.

Boyung Lee is an Associate Professor of Educational Ministries at the Pacific School of Religion.

Joretta Marshall is the Executive Vice President and Dean and a Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care and Counseling at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University.

John S. McClure is the Charles G. Finney Professor of Preaching and Worship at Vanderbilt University.

Joyce Ann Mercer is a Professor of Practical Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore is the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Pastoral Theology at Vanderbilt University.

Kate M. Ott is an Assistant Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Drew University.

F. Douglas Powe is the E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism and Associate Professor of Black Church Studies at Saint Paul School of Theology.

Rosemary Radford Ruether is a Visiting Professor of Feminist Theology at the Claremont School of Theology.

Susan A. Ross is a Professor of Theology and a Faculty Scholar at Loyola University Chicago.

Don E. Saliers is the Wm. R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Liturgy, Emeritus, at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Darryl W. Stephens is the Assistant General Secretary for Advocacy and Sexual Ethics at the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women in The United Methodist Church.

Cristina L. H. Traina is a Professor of Religion at Northwestern University.


“This comprehensive volume of tough questions and instructive insights is a ‘must-have’ for all serious teachers, students, and practitioners of Christian sexual ethics in the church. The authors not only attend to practical dilemmas that arise within everyday situations of ministerial leadership but also offer a holistic approach to sexuality as one aspect of the complex humanity of church leaders.”
Traci C. West
Drew Theological School
“Having gathered some of the finest scholars of our day, Jung and Stephens offer conversations rather than rules. Reading it, one has the sense of sitting in on a scholarly parlor gathering among the best, talking intimately about intimacy.”
—Karen McClintock
Southern Oregon University


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