Every position within Lighthouse Ministries, Inc. (LMI) requires specific qualifications particular to that area of service. Qualifications, duties, and responsibilities are listed in the job description for each position. Jesus said that our first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind. And second, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-39). Therefore, staff should strive to treat one another, clients, donors, vendors, and the public in general as we do ourselves. Jesus said all the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments (Matthew 22:40).
Lighthouse Ministries Inc. staff members should hold to the highest possible standards of Christian conduct in all areas of life. We should be living examples of what we teach. It is critical to the ministry that every staff member live above reproach and represents the Lord and LMI with the highest level of Christian professionalism. We are ambassadors for Lighthouse Ministries, Inc. wherever we are. Who we are has a more powerful impact on the lives of our clients than anything that we can do for them. We must be living examples of what we teach and avoid hypocrisy. The conduct and activities of LMI staff should reflect obedience and respect to Jesus Christ and sensitivity to the Christian community and the people we serve.
Staff members of Lighthouse Ministries Inc. must adhere to the following standards upon hire and continuously while employed by LMI:
1. Be a disciple of and have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, expressed by a personal testimony and evidenced in daily life. (see Colossians 1:10, Ephesians 4:1, John 15:4, II.Peter 3:18a)
2. Maintain a lifestyle consistent with Biblical standards as reflected in Christ-like character and conduct (see Matthew 5:16, James 4:17, Romans 14:12-13)
3. Regularly attend and participate in a locally recognized Christian, evangelical, Bible-believing church. (see Hebrews 10:24-25)
4. Have a genuine concern for the salvation of souls and the spiritual welfare of LMI guests and clients; be committed to providing the highest quality of work and care on a daily and ongoing basis. (see John 3:16, I.Corinthians 15:58, Colossians 3:23-24, Matthew 25:37-40, Hebrews 6:10-12, I.Corinthians 3:13)
5. Embrace the LMI Mission Statement, Vision Statement, Core Values, and Pathways to Progress. (See the Scripture references for each.)
6. Abstain from involvement with and/or use of illegal substances and from taking prescribed substances differently than prescribed by a physician realizing that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. (see I.Corinthians 6:19, Romans 14:13—23)
7. LMI employees are not permitted to consume or possess alcohol or tobacco while on duty or while representing LMI in any capacity. In addition, LMI employees are not permitted to use or possess alcohol or tobacco at or around any LMI facilities, property, events, functions or vehicles. LMI believes that those called to ministry are called to higher standards of living, particularly since we minister to those who have been enslaved by and often continue to struggle with addiction. (see Eph. 4:12-24; I.Timothy 4:6-12; II.Tim. 2:15)
8. Make every effort to practice financial integrity. (see Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 6:21, Matthew 22:21b)
9. Maintain a lifestyle that is free from sexual sin. (see I.Corinthians 6:18-20, Hebrews 13:4)
10. Have a teachable spirit and be committed to unity, teamwork, and respect for LMI policies, staff, and leadership. (see Romans 12:2, Hebrews 13:17, I.Thessalonians 5: 12-13, John 13:34-35)
11. Pursue and hold in highest regard the Biblical instruction concerning family and marriage responsibility. (see I.Timothy 3:4-5, Ephesians 5:21–6:4, Proverbs 22:6)
12. Seek to communicate openly and honestly with one another, accepting responsibility for words and actions, striving to speak only that which edifies in order to promote and maintain unity. (see Ephesians 4:25-29, Philippians 2:1-2, John 13:34-35)
In areas of Christian liberty, LMI strongly encourages all staff members to consider Paul’s exhortation in I.Corinthians 10:23-24, “Everything is permissible – but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible – but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.” (NIV)* We must be careful that, in exercising our freedoms in Christ, we do not hurt or hinder those whom we are, in fact, trying to help and serve. In Romans 14:13b Paul encourages us “…make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.” Carefully consider how our individual behavior might impact the well-being of ourselves, our coworkers, or our clients.
* Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.