Sexual misconduct on the part of church workers can lead to devastating consequences for all involved, including the congregation and school, if applicable.
Referring to the relevant Scripture passages, the Council of Presidents explains:
When God leads people into called church worker ministry, they are entrusted with positions of great responsibility and influence. It is therefore imperative that professional church workers carry out their ministries with integrity and care, recognizing that their way of life and conduct must be of an especially high standard, in keeping with expectations delineated in the Holy Scriptures (1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, et al.) and as required for membership in the Synod (Constitution Art. VI, 2013 Handbook, p.15).
Allegations of gross personal or professional misconduct brought against professional church workers are therefore serious accusations which ultimately call into question a worker’s fitness for continued ministry. They will be addressed promptly and thoroughly by his or her ecclesiastical supervisor, the district president or the President of the Synod. (Council of Presidents Manual, April 2016, p. 122)
The Council of Presidents of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, based on these Biblical expectations, has the policy that all ministers of religion, both ordained and commissioned, found guilty of engaging in sexual intercourse with someone other than their spouse shall be removed from the rosters of the Synod (“zero tolerance”). Similar consequences pertain for sexual misconduct involving minors (Council of Presidents Manual, April 2016, pp. 75ff).
For these reasons, whenever allegations of sexual misconduct are raised, the ecclesiastical supervisor (district president) of the ordained or commissioned member of Synod MUST be notified. He is responsible to care for both the member of Synod and the congregation or school, including the victim, and will have the resources necessary to respond appropriately in a manner faithful to the Word of God.