Sexual and professional misconduct within a ministerial relationship destroys community, inhibits the full and joyful participation of all in the community of God, impedes the mission of Jesus Christ, and is a betrayal of sacred trust.
The North Carolina Conference will not condone or tolerate instances of sexual or professional misconduct, and is committed to procedural justice and pastoral concern through a fair process of justice making for victims and survivors, real accountability for abusers, and healing for all parties.
If you would like to speak with someone regarding clergy sexual or professional misconduct, please call: 1-800-946-2926. Spanish-speaking: 1-800-216-1288. This confidential hotline is staffed by Lighthouse Services. Confidential incident reports may also be submitted through the Lighthouse Services website.
The Committee on Sexual Ethics of the Board of Ordained Ministry works collaboratively with local churches and church agencies to provide education and information on sexual misconduct issues. For non-emergency issues, you may connect with the committee by calling 1-800-849-4433, extension 246.
Download the NC Conference policy and report form in two formats below. The fillable PDF* report form allows you to type and save the data to your computer. The completed form can then be printed.
Downloads (Revised May 2013):
Brochure – Sexual and Professional Ethics Awareness – includes definitions of misconduct and information for persons who may have been affected.
Poster – Confidential Hotline for Reporting Misconduct – to be posted in a public area of all churches and facilities and accessible to all members and staff
More resources are available through The United Methodist Church’s website on sexual ethics and through Triangle Pastoral Counseling.
* In order to save your information in the PDF form, please be sure you have the free Acrobat Reader software, version XI installed. Download the software from the Adobe Reader website.