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RTNI Code of Ethical Conduct
RTNI believes that the breadth of its ministry is directly related to the depth and sincerity of commitment to Jesus Christ demonstrated by all staff .
Each staff member should maintain real and vibrant fellowship with Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior. All staff are expected to regularly attend church services at a Bible believing church, which recognizes Jesus Christ as the only Savior and way to the Father.
Furthermore, all staff must reflect a pure lifestyle in the community which includes, but is not limited to, the abstinence of the following:
-Fornication (including self stimulation and any inappropriate touching or sexual relationship outside the covenant of marriage)
-Fraudulent use of ministry resources
-Gossip (refraining from gossip does not mean keeping silent in harmful situations, see the Confidentiality Policy below)
-Harassment (see Harassment and Sexual Harassment Policy below)
-Use of foul language, profanity, or improper sexual jokes, jests or slurs
-Use of illegal drugs (or abuse of pharmaceutical drugs)
Other: Due to mixed views of about the use of tobacco and alcohol, all staff are asked to refrain from smoking, using tobacco products, or consuming alcohol during ministry events or while with RTNI Youth.
RTNI esteems integrity, appropriate transparency, and openness to Christian accountability. We recognize that all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God, but as those who have been redeemed, we purpose to abstain from the above and seek the intervention of mature Christian leadership at the first hint of struggle.
Harassment and Sexual Harassment Policy
RTNI strives to maintain a work environment in which all individuals treat each other with dignity and respect and avoid intimidation, exploitation and harassment, including sexual harassment.
“Harassment” means verbal, visual, or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, or age made by someone from or in the work or ministry setting. “Sexual harassment” includes unwelcome sexual
advances, sexually motivated physical contact or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature, such as slurs, threats, derogatory comments, unwelcome jokes, exposure to sexually oriented literature or pictures, or teasing. Both “harassment “ and “sexual harassment” are a
form of employee misconduct, which is demeaning to another person and undermines the integrity of the employment relationship. Staff who feel they have been subjected to conduct of a harassing nature are highly encouraged to promptly report the matter to the Executive Director of the
appropriate ministry branch, to the President of RTNI, or to the Board. Each violation of these behaviors will be evaluated by the Board or by representatives appointed by the Board. Appropriate action will be taken up to and including immediate employment termination (or volunteer dismissal).
Staff are expected to dress with modesty. (Examples: no bare mid drifts, halter tops,
excessively tight clothing, bikinis, etc. During water and swimming events, bathing attire should remain modest and non-sexually provocative.)
RTNI’s staff (and volunteers) who are presented with sensitive information about another staff member’s spiritual well-being, leadership/conduct, or potentially harmful personal circumstances cannot guarantee complete confidentiality to those sharing this information. Such information will be
handled in a manner appropriate for the situation. This is primarily to protect the overall health of RTNI and its leaders (and volunteers) from the dangers of trying to manage potentially harmful situations in isolation.
RTNI’s staff (and volunteers) who are presented with sensitive information about a minor’s spiritual well-being, past or present abuse (physical, sexual, verbal, or other), or potentially harmful personal circumstances (including drug or alcohol use and suicidal behavior) cannot guarantee complete confidentiality to those sharing this information. Such information should be communicated with the appropriate staff member or supervisor. It will be handled in a manner appropriate for the situation. This is primarily to protect at-risk youth and the overall health of RTNI and its leaders (and volunteers)
from the dangers of trying to manage potentially harmful situations in isolation.
Staff / Volunteer Dismissal
RTNI reserves the right to dismiss a staff member or volunteer at any time. Grounds for dismissal may include, but are not limited to:
-Intentional teaching of false doctrine (i.e. Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, cult, occult, or any other non-orthodox teaching)
-Inappropriate behavior with a youth/student
-Failure to adhere to the guidelines established in the Code of Ethical Conduct, Dress Code, or Confidentiality Policy
-Open or subtle rebellion to the leadership established by RTNI.