Privacy Policy:

Our Ministry leaders respect the integrity and protect the welfare of individuals as well as the communities we serve. We take seriously our obligation to safeguard information entrusted to us as professional ministers. If there is a legitimate reason for the health and well-being of an individual or the community for us to divulge information that has been shared with us in confidence, we will actively seek permission for this disclosure from the person(s) providing us the information before doing so. We also recognize that it may occasionally be appropriate to disclose confidential information, e.g., if that information pertains to the immediate danger of bodily harm/loss of life or when applicable laws mandate reporting.

1. All child abuse or suspicion of child abuse must, by state law, be reported.

2. If the counselee has been involved in committing a crime we believe we need to report such to law enforcement.

3. If the counselee or any other individual is physically at risk (suicide threat or threat by someone else) and we learn of this in the counseling session, we will report such information to law enforcement.

4. On-going, non-repentant sin, whereby the church is obligated out of obedience to Jesus Christ, to practice the principles of confrontation, as set forth in Matthew

[Amended 12/13/2019]

As our “Base of Operation” Charter is in the State of Maryland, Online and Telephone Communications with one of our ministers and staff regardless of their physical location will abide by the Law of the State of Maryland.

If you have a concern about mandatory reporting laws and how they affect Clergy-Penitent Privilege, we strongly recommend consulting an attorney in advance to a confidential conversation with one of our ministers or counselors.

Maryland Annotated Code: § 9-111. Privileged communications

Minister, clergyman, or priest. A minister of the gospel, clergyman, or priest of an established church of any denomination may not be compelled to testify on any matter in relation to any confession or communication made to him in confidence by a person seeking his spiritual advice or consolation. [An. Code 1957, art. 35, § 13; 1973, 1st Sp. Sess., ch. 2, § 1.] —

Pennsylvania 42 Pa.C.S. § 5943

No clergyman, priest, rabbi or minister of the gospel of any regularly established church or religious organization, except clergymen or ministers, who are self-ordained or who are members of religious organizations in which members other than the leader thereof are deemed clergymen or ministers, who while in the course of his duties has acquired information from any person secretly and in confidence shall be compelled, or allowed without consent of such person, to disclose that information in any legal proceeding, trial or investigation before any government unit. —

Delaware Code Annotated Delaware Uniform Rules of Evidence. Article V. Privileges. Rule 505. Religious privilege.

(a) Definitions. As used in this rule: (1) A “clergyman” is a minister, priest, rabbi, accredited Christian Science practitioner or another similar functionary of a religious organization, or an individual reasonably believed so to be by the person consulting him. (2) A communication is “confidential” if made privately and not intended for further disclosure except to other persons present in furtherance of the purpose of the communication. (b) General rule of privilege. A person has a privilege to refuse to disclose and to prevent another from disclosing a confidential communication by the person to a clergyman in his professional character as a spiritual adviser. (c) Who may claim the privilege. The privilege may be claimed by the person, by his guardian or conservator, or by his personal representative if he is deceased. The clergyman may claim the privilege on behalf of the person. His authority so to do is presumed in the absence of evidence to the contrary.

Disclosures:

Our Ministers are NOT Licensed Mental Health Practitioners.

Our Ministers are NOT Licensed Social Workers or Licensed Counselors (Unless Otherwise Credentialed in their Profile)

Our Ministers offer Christian Pastoral Education based on God’s word in the Holy Bible. Several of our services have a Counseling Requirement which will be outlined with the offered service. Examples would be Weddings, Baptism, and a few others.

Our Ministers charge for certain services based on their own fee schedule individually. Diakonos Independent Ministries of Maryland is incorporated as a religious organization in the State of Maryland and operates as a coordinating and host organization to support these ministers as well as the other kingdom building services we offer.

[Amended 11/10/2020]

501 (c) (3) Status Registration – is still in development – As a Religious organization, your tithes and donations are tax-deductible.

Electronic Information Privacy & Security:

Diakonos Independent Ministries of Maryland takes great respect in the protection of your information.  Our site is configured to use SSL security on all pages and features.  If you find you are connecting to any portion of our site and services that are not SSL (https://), please notify us immediately by phone.  Our donation and payment links are processed under SSL security and only a few select individuals of our staff are able to access this information in the course of their duties. We do not share or sell information to any organization unless it is required by law.