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.
- UM Sexual Ethics “fact sheet” for distribution at annual conferences
- Sermons by Bishop James Swanson and Rev. Traci West, as well as plenary presentations from 2011 Do No Harm event in Houston, Texas. See http://learn.umc.org/, “Leadership.”
- Parts I, II, and IX from “Handling Sexual Misconduct Complaints: A Handbook for United Methodist Bishops and Cabinets,” General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, 2011.
- “The Power Trip,” by Jonah Lehrer, Wall Street Journal, Aug 14, 2010.
- “Clergy Ethics,” by Bishop Hee-Soo Jung.
“Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting: A Clergy Dilemma?” by Marie M. Fortune.
- “Fiduciary Duty and Sacred Trust,” by Darryl W. Stephens, Living the Sacred Trust, Section II, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2010.
- “Ten Myths about Clergy Sexual Misconduct” by Darryl W. Stephens
- Sessions 36-38 on clergy boundaries (2 hrs each session): http://www.bwcumc.org/content/discipler-groups-curriculum
- Bibliography of books and other resources
- Video presentations from Do No Harm 2011 (at learn.umc.org, under “Leadership”) and study guides.
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GCSRW OFFERS TRAININGS
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
The FaithTrust Institute also offers webinars and trainings on a regular basis: