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Southwest Conference Policies on Boundary Training for Authorized Ministers

Boundary TrainingBoundary Training Policy for Active Clergy
All clergy with active standing are required to complete Boundary Training once every five years. Any pastor who is not active, and who has been inactive in ministry for more than five years, must complete Boundary Training before having their standing activated.

Clergy who have gone more than one year without being in compliance will be informed by the Chair of COCAM A that they have 6 months to complete the training or their standing will be terminated.

Pastors who lose their standing as a result of this policy can have their standing re-activated after successfully completing Boundary Training, and after having met with COCAM A. However, it will be a part of their permanent record that they had their standing terminated with cause, and such action will have to be reported on all successive profiles or resumes that they circulate through the Search and Call process.

Boundary Training for Retired Clergy
A requirement for maintaining authorized ordained ministerial standing in the Southwest Conference is participation in boundary training every five years. The Committee on Church and Ministry recognizes that boundary training typically focuses on active clergy so COCAM has developed a special boundary training to meet the needs of clergy in this unique stage in life. Participating in one session fulfills your boundary training requirement as long as you are retired.

2014 Boundary Training—Something for everyone!
The day before Annual Meeting begins at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, the Southwest Conference is conducting three boundary training classes! One for active clergy, one for retired clergy, and one for lay leaders to help churches understand the boundaries that clergy must observe.

More information will be coming, but save the date—March 27. If you are a clergy person wondering if you are due to take this class, please contact Barbara Decker in the Conference Office.

The facilitators will use an UPDATED video series from the Faith Trust Institute which includes a new module on internet technology, social media, and other emerging issues as well as reviewing the modules addressing power and authority, relationships, psycho-social/intimacy concerns, and self-care.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ
Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $10 for lunch, $25 for workbook (optional)
If you wish to keep the participant materials that will be used, there is an additional $25 charge.

Active Clergy: George Ault, Donna Cavedon
Retired Clergy: Lisa Roger, John Herman, Lisa Sampson
Lay Leaders: John Dorhauer

Register for this boundary training class:
Boundary Training Registration [PDF]
(Print Form and Mail to SWC)

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