Ethical Guidelines for TASD Members

Ethical conduct and living begins and flows from a faith and reverence for God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our practice of spiritual direction is characterized by integrity, responsibility, faithfulness, love, respect and authenticity. The following guidelines are compiled for each member of TASD, to ensure the care and proper spiritual direction every, directee deserves before God.

  1. Personal life of faith: incumbent on the director to maintain a healthy lifestyle, in keeping with the Tyndale Statement of Faith, by:
    • participating in regular spiritual direction
    • regular practice of personal and congregational spiritual disciplines

  2. Personal spiritual formation: incumbent on the director to assume responsibility for personal spiritual formation by:
    • continued study of Scripture, theology, and all disciplines related to spiritual direction
    • continued discernment of formational factors in one’s life, and of one’s call to spiritual direction
    • continued participation in the local church

  3. Professional Supervision: incumbent on the director to continue to engage in supervision with a qualified supervisor (CSD) or a supervisor approved by the Executive of TASD.

  4. Personal Self-Care refers to personal needs for self-care and nurture can be met through a variety of avenues: colleagues, friendship, family, recreation, physical health, church.

  5. Personal and Professional Limitations: spiritual directors recognize their own personal and professional limits and seek to limit the number of directees engaged each day, with appropriate space between them.

  6. The Spiritual Director and the Directee
    • Spiritual directors form an agreement/covenant with their directees, which is to be articulated through writing or verbally agreement.
    • Spiritual directors are to ensure that the direction relationship continues to be beneficial to the directee, referring when necessary
    • honor the dignity of the directee by: recognizing the potential imbalance of power in the spiritual direction relationship, and taking care not to exploit it
    • Spiritual directors maintain confidentiality and privacy of the directee, except when legally necessary