Healthy Boundaries Workshops for 2019

Required Training for the Prevention of Clergy Misconduct

healthyboundariesAs most are aware, Healthy Boundary training is now mandatory in the United Church of Christ. These workshops are intended to equip ordained, commissioned, and licensed clergy, as well as other church leaders and staff, to under-stand healthy boundaries in 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 and vulnerability in order to create 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, and fulfill requirements for such a workshop every five years for DOC clergy and every three years for UCC clergy to retain ministerial standing.

There will be two workshop options at five different times and locations during 2019. The two workshops are:

  • Healthy Boundaries 101: Fundamentals is a foundational workshop in healthy boundaries with an emphasis on power and vulnerability and discussions on transference, friendships, dating, and self-care.
  • Healthy Boundaries 201: Beyond Basics and Into the Internet is an advanced discussion of healthy boundaries for clergy and church leaders, designed for those who have completed Healthy Boundaries 101, and emphasizing internet and social media boundaries. This workshop builds on the basics and applies boundaries principles to specific situations with particular emphasis on internet technology and social media. There is a prerequisite of Healthy Boundaries 101 or similar foundation workshop.
Healthy Boundaries 201: Beyond Basics and Into the Internet
Prerequisite: Healthy Boundaries 101 or similar foundational workshop
Saturday, February 9, 2019,  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Regional DOC Office
2370 Vineville Ave., Macon, GA
Healthy Boundaries 101: Fundamentals
Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Brookhaven Christian Church
4500 Peachtree Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA
Healthy Boundaries 101: Fundamentals
Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Southeast Conference UCC Annual Meeting
Pleasant Hill Community Church, 67 Church Dr., Pleasant Hill, TN 38578
Healthy Boundaries 101: Fundamentals
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Atlanta Location TBD
Healthy Boundaries 201: Beyond Basics and Into the Internet
Prerequisite: Healthy Boundaries 101 or similar foundational workshop
Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
First Christian Church of Atlanta
4532 LaVista Rd., Tucker, GA

Participants may register online by clicking above. If you do not wish to register online you may also register by contacting the Conference office.


These workshops are part of the Healthy Boundaries/Clergy Ethics curriculum developed by FaithTrust Institute, and is in wide-spread use among faith communities across the U.S. FaithTrust Institute is a national, multifaith, multicultural training and education organization, founded in 1977 by the Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, reach working to end sexual and domestic vio-lence. Learn more at


  • Rev. Marsha Brown was among the first ordained through Pathways, a program of the United Church of Christ. She obtained her MA from Trevecca Nazarene University. She is the pastor of Phoenix Christian Church, UCC in Wildersville, TN, a member of the SECUCC Commission on Ministry, and has completed FaithTrust leadership training.
  • Rev. Erica Geralds is an ordained Disciples minister serving at Ray of Hope Christian Church, Decatur, GA. She also serves as a regional board member for the Christian Church in Georgia, licensed professional counselor, and hospice chaplain. Rev. Geralds earned both a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Counseling and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University.
  • Rev. David Kenley is an ordained Disciples minister and a graduate of Lexington Theological Seminary. He had a 15-year ministry providing pastoral care in retirement and nursing facilities; followed by 10 years serving as guest minister in congregations in the United Kingdom. He currently is senior minister at Johns Creek Christian Church and has also completed FaithTrust leadership training.
  • Minister Carrole Moss is an ordained minister serving at Victory for the World Church in Stone Mountain, GA. She has actively served in the Southeast Conference United Church of Christ for the past 12 years, and currently serves as chair of the Scholarship Committee. She has completed FaithTrust leadership training.
  • Rev. Kathy McDowell is an ordained Disciples minister and graduate of Candler School of Theology. She has taught Healthy Boundaries in Georgia since 2009 and has completed FaithTrust leadership training. She currently is the editor of Just Women Bible Study, published by Disciples Women. Prior to that, she served 10 years as a pastor and an associate pastor in two congregations in Georgia.


  • Workshop fee is $75 which covers materials, lunch, snacks, instructor travel and stipend.
  • Pre-registration is required and must be completed one week before the event.
  • Registration fees must be received one week before event, or a $10 late fee will apply.
  • No refunds will be issued, and no registrations will be taken at the door.
  • Participants must attend the entire full-day workshop to certify completion.

For more information, download the Healthy Boundaries Brochure 2019 DOC-UCC.