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Boundaries Covenant Sample

A sample covenant that all appointed clergy and assigned laypersons are expected to sign every four years.

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend offer biblically-based answers to these and other tough questions, showing us how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves.

Highest Ideals Brochure

A helpful guide regarding expectations related to clergy sexual ethics in the Missouri Annual Conference.

Professional Boundaries "At Risk" Inventory

Do you wonder how close you are to blundering over professional boundaries in ministry and possibly harming someone? This inventory may tell you.

Sample Boundaries Training for Local Churches

A complete presentation on "Maintaining Integrity & Boundaries in Ministry" for conducting boundaries training in the local church. Great for use with church staff and leaders and the greater congregation.

Sexual Ethics Policy of the Missouri Annual Conference

The sexual ethics policy for clergy in the Missouri Annual Conference.

The Prevalence of Clergy Sexual Misconduct with Adults: A Research Study Executive Summary

Results of a national survey on the prevalence of clergy sexual misconduct.

The Way of Integrity

The Way of Integrity is a small group curriculum about living in right relationship with self, others, and God.

#MeToo Toolkit

A #MeToo Toolkit to engage with the #MeToo movement with ideas for the pulpit, liturgies to small group discussions.

Caring Enough to Confront: How to Understand and Express Your Deepest Feelings Toward Others by David Augsburger

A classic in Christian peacemaking that teaches the reader how to build trust, cope with blame and prejudice, and be honest about anger and frustration. Augsburger offers a biblically based model for dealing with conflict to teach Christians how to confront with compassion and resolve issues in a healthy and healing way.

Healthy Churches, Faithful Pastors: Covenant Expectations for Thriving Together by David Keck

Presents fifty expectation statements examples of what pastors and congregations can expect of one another; a vital resource to anyone who seeks to initiate a discussion of expectations in their own church.

Healthy Disclosure: Solving Communication Quandaries in Congregations by Kibbie Simmons Ruth (Author), Karen A. McClintock

The authors discuss the ways knowledge is shared in a congregation that can build up or break down community. Unfortunately, congregations can easily fall into patterns of communication that lead to disastrous interpersonal and organizational outcomes. Even in times of crisis, however, congregations can learn and practice new skills and healthy communication management

Rising Strong by Brené Brown

This book details Brown's pioneering work that uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability—the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome—is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall.

Saying No to Say Yes: Everyday Boundaries and Pastoral Excellence by David Olsen and Nancy G. Devor

An essential guide for pastors seeking to avoid the dual pitfalls of entanglement in congregational drama and burnout. It provides pastors concrete guidance on how to draw boundaries that facilitate community engagement while still maintaining the crucial distance that fosters enduring leadership.

Sex in the Parish by Karen Lebacqz and Ronald Barton

Examines the gift of sexuality in relation to the parish and the dynamics of sexual desire and temptation.

Wholeness After Betrayal: Restoring Trust in the Wake of Sexual Misconduct by Robin Hammeal-Urban

Offers an understanding of the brokenness and divisions created following sexual misconduct in a congregation. This specialized instruction is tested and proven, having been used effectively many times in a variety of congregational settings. It holds tremendous value for institutional healing, both immediately following misconduct or even decades later.

Boundary Training for PPRCs

This series is designed as three 45-60 minute training sessions or they can be combined for a 3-hour training session for church leaders. Based on the book, Saying No to Say Yes: Everyday Boundaries and Pastoral Excellence by David Olsen and Nancy G. Devor, it is great for use with lay leadership and paid and unpaid church staff.

Effective Relationships for PPR Teams and Pastors

Amy Thompson, LCSW, offers insight into building an effective relationship between Pastor Parish Relations Committees and their pastoral staff.

Steps to a Vital Pastor/Parish Relations Committee

Rev. Kendall Waller guides Pastor Parish Relations Committee (PPRC) members through steps that are key to a vital relationship between the committee and the pastor.

Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time by Susan Scott

A guide to transforming everyday conversations at work and at home with effective ways to overcome barriers to meaningful communication, enrich relationships, increase clarity and improve understanding, handle strong emotions, and connect more deeply with others.