Code of Conduct
Coteau Area Christian Home Educators, Northeast South Dakota
Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.
1. Golden Rule
Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31
Parents should maintain discipline and control of their children at any activity. One unruly child can undermine the experience of the rest of the group. Feel free to contact the coordinator/leader for more information if you are uncertain if your students are the appropriate age/maturity prior to signing up for a particular student activity. Verbal disciplining of children should be done quietly and discreetly. He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray. Proverbs 10:17
Out of consideration for activity leaders, please commit yourself (and your children) to follow through with whatever you sign up for, arriving on time for field trips or activities, paying fees when due, etc. Simply let your “Yes” be “Yes” and your “No” be “No”. Matthew 5:37
Parents and children are to speak truthfully with and about each other, with gentleness and respect. Our language should be wholesome and edifying. There should be absolutely no foul or suggestive language. We expect all members to dress modestly and appropriately at all times. No short shorts, gothic clothing, low-cut tops, spaghetti strap tops, belly-showing shirts, vulgar or inappropriate sayings on clothing, excessively ripped or dirty clothing. Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may dwell on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only that which is helpful for building others up according to their need that it may benefit those who listen. For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Psalm 15:1-3, Ephesians 4:29 and 1 Corinthians 6:20
5. Conflict Resolution
Should personal conflicts arise among members, they should be resolved discreetly between those members and not become a topic for discussion among those who are not directly involved. If, after attempting to resolve a problem, you are unsuccessful in doing so (and if the problem legitimately concerns the group) you may then proceed to leader for assistance. If the conflict cannot be peacefully resolved, for the sake of group unity, members in disagreement will be asked to withdraw their membership from the group. If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. Matthew 8:15, 16
Privacy of CACHE members must be respected and maintained. No information (names, phone numbers, etc.) may be disbursed without the express consent of the member in each instance. A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue. A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret. Proverbs 11:12-13
Loving God motivates Christians to live as He does, with integrity. All of our behavior as members of the body of Christ come from this precept. In the New Testament, integrity means “honesty and adherence to a pattern of good works.” Jesus is the perfect example of a man of integrity. Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ Test all things; hold fast what is good. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. Matthew 22:36-38, 1 Thessalonians 5:21, and 1 Peter 5:8-9