Healthy boundaries in our relationships with others are an essential component of a healthy ministry. As leaders who have been entrusted with caring for others, we have the responsibility to set appropriate boundaries and model professional behavior in our ministry.
In this workshop, using materials from the FaithTrust Institute, we will:
• Define boundaries and why they are important, both psychologically and theologically,
• Increase awareness of the need for healthy boundaries in our relationships, and how those boundaries are affected by our relative power or vulnerability,
• Illustrate strategies to sustain a safe and healthy church environment,
• Consider the many challenges to our boundary setting, such as gifts, friendships, dual relationships, dating, and social media, and
• Provide guidelines for appropriate boundaries and self-care, including expectations of the PCUSA and the local presbytery.
North Puget Sound Presbytery requires all ministers to take this training or its equivalent.
Rev. Dr. Jean Kim is a WA State certified Social Worker and Mental Health Counselor. She is a lecturer/preacher/seminar and workshop leader on homelessness and domestic violence/clergy sexual misconduct, and women's leadership in Korean churches. Dr. Kim is also an organizer of national/local homeless missions, teaching and writing resources on those issues.
Rev. Amy Delaney is currently the pastor at Edmonds Presbyterian Church. Amy's experience in the prevention of misconduct includes work in Christian ed, spiritual direction, parish ministry, serving on the PJC (Seattle), COM assignments, and a psychology degree that never ceases to come in handy. She has a strong conviction that prevention is the key to reducing misconduct in our churches.