The International Fellowship of Chaplains, Inc. (IFOC) is committed to doctrines and theologies of both the Old and New Testaments as the definitive and authoritative rule of faith and practice. The chaplains of the IFOC will exemplify both the faith and conduct of a pastoral counselor whose counseling basis is guided by the standards of the Holy Scripture.
The following Statements of Faith contain essential beliefs necessary for Credentials as a Chaplain with the International Fellowship of Chaplains, Inc. Therefore, we affirm:
The IFOC chaplain performs his/her service as part of the ministry of Christ’s church, embracing thereby the values of Christianity. He/she upholds and supports the common bond of fellowship, faith and unity as prescribed in the Scripture and seeks to establish a relationship between the counselee and a loving God within the framework of the Body of Christ. Certification by the IFOC is contingent upon continued good standing in the church subscribing to the doctrines contained in the above statement of faith.
As members of the International Fellowship of Chaplains, Inc., we are committed to the various theologies, traditions and values of our faith communities and to the dignity and worth of each individual. We are dedicated to advancing the welfare of those who seek our help and assistance and to the maintenance of high standards of professional conduct and competence. We are accountable for our ministry whatever its environment. This accountability is expressed in relationships, to clients, colleagues, students, our faith communities, and through the acceptance and practice of the principles and procedures of this Code of Ethics.
In order to uphold our standards, as members of the IFOC, we covenant to accept the following foundational premises:
In all professional matters, members of the IFOC will maintain a standard of conduct that protects the public and advances Chaplaincy in regards to pastoral counseling.
It is the responsibility of members of the IFOC to maintain relationships with those we serve on a professional basis.
The IFOC Chaplains’ lives should represent the above tenets.
As chaplains of the IFOC, we respect the integrity and protect the welfare of all persons with whom we are working and have an obligation to safeguard information about them that has been obtained in the course of membership and the pastoral counseling process.