The Bible does not specify a “code of conduct” except that we should, all of us, leaders or not, “observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:20).
However, the public and private conduct of church leaders *, whether full-time or lay, has a very big impact in that it can inspire or motivate, or it can scandalize and stumble those we lead, and bring honour or disrepute to His name. We must therefore seek to “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1:10)
The responsibility to observe all that the Lord Jesus had commanded, and to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, rests with the individual. However, the local church should have the responsibility to investigate and to take appropriate disciplinary action, for serious breaches. Disciplinary action may take the form of a verbal or written reproach, removal from office, or reporting criminal action to the authorities.
The leaders adopt the practice of signing an annual pledge to adhere to a Code of Conduct, as a yearly reminder and re-dedication to the Lord.
* For the purpose of this Code of Conduct, church leaders refer to elders, deacons, pastors and ministry heads.