Healthy Boundaries for Clergy and Church Leaders 2018

The Southeast Conference, in partnership with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Georgia, is pleased to offer two Healthy Boundaries training sessions for clergy and church leaders.

healthyboundariesThe purpose of these workshops is to equip ordained, commissioned, and licensed clergy, as well as other church leaders, to understand healthy boundaries that shape ministry relationships. Healthy and vital ministries rely on trust and mutual support to create spaces of welcome and safety for all. Leaders must understand the role of power, authority, and vulnerability, as well as the theology of boundaries, in order to build and maintain healthy boundaries and to choose healthy self-care strategies.

These workshops are a joint endeavor of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ ) in Georgia and the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ, although the content is designed for clergy or leaders of any denomination. These workshops fulfill the requirements of many denominations which require ordained, licensed, or commissioned clergy to complete healthy boundaries/clergy ethics training every three to five years.

These workshops use materials developed by FaithTrust Institute as part of its Healthy Boundaries/Clergy Ethics curriculum, which is in widespread use among faith communities across the U.S. FaithTrust Institute is a national, multi-faith, multicultural training and education organization, founded in 1977 by the Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, with global reach working to end sexual and domestic violence.

  • Healthy Boundaries 101 — Fundamentals
    An introduction to healthy boundaries for clergy and church leaders. Topics covered include power and vulnerability; dating, friendships, and dual relationships; transference, intimacy, hugging and touch, and self-care.

    • Saturday, March 10, 2017, 9am – 4pm
      First Christian Church of Atlanta, 4532 LaVista Rd., Tucker, GA
    • Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 9am – 4pm (SECUCC Annual Meeting)
      Piedmont College, Demorest, GA
  • Healthy Boundaries 201 — Beyond Basics and Into Internet Technology
    An advanced discussion of healthy boundaries for clergy and church leaders, designed for those who have completed Healthy Boundaries 101. Participants will review boundaries, power, vulnerability, and self-care; significant time will be devoted to internet technology and social media.

    • Saturday, August 11, 2018, 9am – 4pm
      Regional DOC Office, 2370 Vineville Ave., Macon, GA
      (Prerequisite: Healthy Boundaries 101 or similar foundational workshop)
    • Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 9am – 4pm
      Ray of Hope Christian Church, 2778 Snapfinger Rd., Decatur, GA 30034
      (Prerequisite: Healthy Boundaries 101 or similar foundational workshop)

All workshop leaders have completed Healthy Boundaries Leadership Training through the FaithTrust Institute.

  • The Rev. Craig A. McDonald grew up in Georgia where he earned a degree in history at Columbus State University and his Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary. He currently serves as the senior minister at First Christian Church, Rome, GA. Prior to that he served at several churches in the Atlanta area, as both a youth minister and associate minister. He also coordinated the Dana How Scholars program at the Christian Association at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • The Rev. Kathy McDowell, an ordained Disciples minister, is a writer, teacher, and occasional preacher, who has taught Healthy Boundaries in Georgia since 2007. She currently is the editor of Just Women magazine, published by Disciples Women. Prior to that she served 10 years as a pastor and an associate pastor in two congregations in Georgia . She also has served on various boards for Regional and General Disciples, Disciples Women, and local nonprofits. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University.
  • Minister Carrole Moss is an ordained minister serving at Victory for the World Church in Stone Mountain, GA. She serves as Preparation for Authorization Ministry Team lead for the Southeast Conference CUCC, chairperson for the Scholarship committee and a member of Commission on Ministry of the SECUCC. She is the mother of two adult children and one grandson. She is passionate about people, social justice, travel, and teaching the Gospel.

To register for the training, visit the Disciples website: