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Boundaries Training 2020-07-09T13:46:43-04:00

Boundaries Training 2020

In 2020, the Virginia Synod is providing five Boundaries Training opportunities, which are required of all rostered ministers by the Synod’s Boundaries Training Policy and Sexual Misconduct Policy. Virginia Synod Rostered Ministers should attend one of these trainings in 2020. (If you are retired and not serving or have completed boundaries training with another organization, please click here.)

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, ALL 2020 Boundaries Trainings will be via Zoom. In an effort to support your boundaries of self-care, the time of the training has been changed to 9AM to 12:30PM (two 90 minute sessions with a 30 minute break between).

Boundaries Trainings dates are focused in Conference Partnerships, in part so that those unable or uncomfortable with joining Zoom on their own can gather with someone else (while practicing social distance) to participate in the training. However, you may register for any date that is convenient for you.

To register for the Boundaries Training event you are able to attend, click on the date and location below:

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.

If a rostered minister is retired and not actively serving in any of the aforementioned ways, they must complete and sign an acknowledgement form. If a rostered minister has already completed Boundaries Training in 2020 – with another agency or judicatory, they must submit a request for approval of that training. Both of the above may be done using this link.

Boundaries Training

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.

Boundaries Training Resources