OKLAHOMA CITY -- Leaders of the National Association of Religious Broadcasters this week drafted a proposed code of ethics for its members that calls for an annual audit and includes a procedure to expel ministries that don't follow responsible conduct.

The proposal will be presented to a special meeting of the 90-member NRB board of directors in Chicago before the end of September, said association President Robert A. Cook.

The proposal calls for establishment of an Ethics and Financial Integrity Commission, whose primary responsibility would be screening fund-raising programs. The NRB has 1,300 members.

Broadcast ministries that refuse to submit to the review would be denied membership. The list of those not on NRB rolls would be available to the public. Members who violate fund-raising guidelines would be placed on probation, with memberships publicized quarterly.

Before the board released its draft, it met with what Cook called an "ad hoc group of people concerned about ethics" in broadcast ministries, including evangelist Jimmy Swaggart of Baton Rouge, La.

Swaggart has been calling for a program to screen fund-raising activities such as evangelist Oral Roberts' announcement earlier this year that God would take his life if he did not raise $8 million by the end of March.

Cook said that although Roberts' activities created more interest in the ethics issue, the "downfall of our brother {Jim} Bakker" made more urgent the adoption of a code of financial responsibility.

Bakker was defrocked by the Assemblies of God in May after resigning from his PTL television ministry because of scandal over a sexual liaison. Swaggart had pushed the charges against Bakker.

Cook said that he has pursued a code of ethics for ministries for more than three years, but that the Bakker incident expedited the process.

Cook said the entire network of broadcast ministries should not be tainted because of "some people's failure to be responsible" in the running of their ministries. "The bulk of our people are doing their jobs without concern of wealth," he said.