Healthy Boundaries

To serve as pastor or spiritual leader is a sacred trust.  Without intending to, we sometimes hurt and/or exploit those we teach and lead by inappropriately crossing boundaries.  Using materials from the FaithTrust Institute (www.faithtrustinstitute.org), trained facilitators will assist pastoral leaders in understanding relational boundaries and our professional relationships. PCLs are strongly urged to participate in both Healthy Boundaries Fundamentals (Level 1) and Healthy Boundaries Beyond Basics (Level 2) training once every five years; and may do so on alternating years, if desired. Continuing education units (CEUs) will be provided for each course.

Please note that Level 1 is required for ordination candidates and for CLI students prior to graduation.

Healthy Boundaries Fundamentals (Level 1) is an introduction to the concepts of boundaries in pastoral and teaching relationships.  Understanding boundaries can help ministry leaders manage the difficulties inherent in the role of clergy or spiritual leader.  Knowledge of what is appropriate, what is not, and whether an action is in the best interest of congregants or students can help clergy leaders avoid possible boundary violations.  (Required for CLI graduates and ordination candidates) This course is a one-day seminar.

The next Opportunity to take the Healthy Boundaries 1 Seminar is Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Franklin College. Registration info will be coming in the near future.

Healthy Boundaries Beyond Basics (Level 2) is intended to deepen faith leaders’ understanding of the importance of healthy boundaries in ministry and teaching, and critically discern the complexities of boundaries in light of new challenges and emerging issues, such as the use of social media.  (Level 1 is a prerequisite for Level 2.) This course is a half-day seminar.