All clergy in The United Methodist Church are required to have “regular, up-to-date sexual ethics training to be in good standing for appointment” (BOR 2016, p. 140). This page is designed for the trainers who lead these workshops.

If you are a sexual ethics trainer, would like to become a trainer, or would like to contact a trainer, please contact us.


RESOURCES: The basic curriculum for clergy boundaries trainings is Healthy Boundaries 101 (formerly called “A Sacred Trust”) by the FaithTrust Institute. For subsequent clergy trainings, try Healthy Boundaries 201 also by the FaithTrust Institute. Forthcoming, December 2013, is a book from Fortress Press, Professional Sexual Ethics: A Holistic Ministry Approach, designed for continuing education for clergy.

Here are some other resources that may be useful when planning your conference’s training event for clergy.


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Healthy boundaries for clergy (see resources above)
Misconduct Response Teams (resources)
Supervisory Response by Bishops and Cabinets: covering policy, process, and procedure toward the goal of justice-making.Primary resource: “Handling Sexual Misconduct Complaints: A Handbook
Victim Advocacy: Primary resource: Block, Heather.Advocacy Training Manual: Advocating for Survivors of Sexual Abuse by a Church Leader or Caregiver. Mennonite Central Committee, MB, 2000. Visit to access Downloadable PDF (9MB)
The FaithTrust Institute also offers webinars and trainings on a regular basis: