Boundaries Training 2020
Due to the COIVD-19 Pandemic, the previously planned in-person training events hosted by our conference partnerships are being reimagined. We will make an announcement regarding how we are planning to move forward with boundaries training at a future date and will share this widely with all of our Virginia Synod Rostered Minister.
Required Boundaries Training for Virginia Synod Rostered Ministers
The Virginia Synod’s Boundaries Training Policy and Sexual Misconduct Policy include a mandatory requirement, effective January 2020, that all rostered ministers participate in an updated and expanded three-year rotation for boundaries training (i.e. participation in boundaries training each year). Failure to attend such training will adversely impact the roster minister’s eligibility for future calls, interim appointments, pulpit supply, and/or other positions of pastoral/church leadership in a local congregation, related agency, institution, or the synod.
The church should be a safe place where people can worship, learn, work, love, and receive care. As children of God and followers of Jesus, each of us is a part of the body of Christ and individually members of it. For the sake of God’s mission and ministry in and through the Virginia Synod, this Synod is committed to the formation of healthy leaders and to the nurturing of vital congregations.
Relationships are important for ministry. Healthy relationships depend upon clear and respectful boundaries. Rostered ministers, especially, need thoughtful and consistent training around boundaries because of the variety of their relationships. Boundaries are the understandings that help to provide safe spaces for ministry. Of particular importance are boundaries related to professional ethics, finances, use of social media, the prevention of sexual misconduct, boundaries concerning gender and harassment, and boundaries concerning racial justice.
Rooted in the gospel command to love God and to love our neighbor, this synod covenants to provide education and boundaries training for all rostered ministers.