VBC Personal Conduct Policy

Employees of VBC must be aware that their personal lifestyle may be more subject to scrutiny than those of persons employed by a secular organization.  Behavior which is judged by the elders to be in conflict with the expectations and values of VBC or impact effectiveness in ministry may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension or termination, even though service to VBC may otherwise be satisfactory.

In addition to the following guidelines all VBC employees are expected to comply with biblical standards for spiritual leadership reflected in Scripture.  Adherence to these standards is considered a condition of employment. 

Grounds for Disciplinary Action

Scripture gives us guidelines for disciplinary action within the church.  VBC will follow those guidelines found in Matthew 18 if disciplinary action is required.

Grounds for disciplinary action may include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Any unlawful action.

  2. Falsification or misrepresentation of information of any kind to the employer.

  3. Possession, use, or being under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other substances deemed inappropriate or illegal for a spiritual leader and employee of VBC during work hours, on VBC property, or at any VBC event.

  4. Fighting, disorderly conduct, or horseplay during work hours, in the VBC building or property, or at a VBC event.

  5. Sleeping during work hours or while serving at a VBC event.

  6. Threats, intimidation, use of obscene, abusive or threatening language or gestures to any staff members or member of the public.

  7. Immoral or indecent conduct during work hours or while on VBC’s property.

  8. Carrying or bringing a weapon to work or in any VBC owned vehicle.

  9. Disregarding instructions of a supervisor or other proper authority.

  10. Failure to be courteous and polite at all times to other employees and the public during work hours.

  11. Leaving the office area or job assignment during work hours without proper authorization.

  12. Failure to observe safety rules.

  13. Unsuitable or improper attire for the church office environment.

  14. Failure to report to work without proper authorization or notification to appropriate supervisor.

  15. Use of VBC owned vehicles for personal use without expressed permission by the appropriate supervisor.

  16. Willful destruction or defacement of VBC’s property.

  17. Unauthorized use of time, materials or equipment of VBC for personal use without expressed permission by the appropriate supervisor.

  18. Smoking or vaping during work hours or on personal time.

  19. Viewing pornography or any other inappropriate websites, photos, images, etc.  

  20. Vile, profane, vulgar language or jokes.

The disciplinary action used to maintain conduct will be determined in light of the facts and circumstances of each individual case.  Each incident will be considered in light of a variety of factors, including:

  • The seriousness of the incident and the circumstances;

  • The employee’s past conduct;

  • The nature of any previous incidents; and

  • The general practice as it relates to the incident.

Employment Covenant

Employment by VBC carries certain covenants for both the employee and the employer.  These covenants are listed below:

VBC covenants to:

  • Provide meaningful, rewarding ministry with corresponding levels of compensation and benefits.

  • Ensure a safe, supportive ministry environment.

  • Provide the opportunity to learn and grow.

  • Encourage innovation and achievement.

  • Recognize contributions and celebrate shared successes.

  • Support a healthy balance of ministry and personal life.

The employee covenants to:

  • Honor and agree in faith and practice with the doctrine, vision, mission, and purpose of VBC.

  • Support and respect the elders who serve in spiritual oversight at VBC.

  • Honor and care for the various ministries of VBC.

  • Ensure the highest quality of work performance.

  • Serve together with other staff members as a team to glorify God to achieve the biblical achieve goals and objectives expected of us by God.

  • Improve and learn continuously by listening to instruction and by asking for and responding to feedback.

  • Seek new and better ways to meet the needs of those we serve in Christ as we serve Him.

  • Use church and other resources wisely.