Recently, I was at St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt, Michigan, sitting around a table with others representing various denominations: Methodist, Lutheran, and others. We were gathered to design a healthy boundary training workshop for pastors as part of an SPE (Sustaining Pastoral Excellence) initiative.
We went around the table, each sharing our denomination’s requirements for pastors around the issue of boundaries. Several denominations shared a code of ethical conduct for pastors. Several require ongoing training in healthy boundaries, every three to five years. The CRC has no such requirements. As I looked over the information, I thought of the devastating situations that may have been prevented if the CRC had similar standards in place.
Pastoral boundaries are not easy. Boundaries are not a list of rules, but more about a way of thinking of one's own position and influence in relating to others. Boundaries provide a container for healthy, transformative ministry to take place. To find out more about the upcoming workshop, visit our Event page.
I wonder ... should regular boundary training be required for CRC pastors? Should the CRC adopt a code of ethical conduct for its pastors? What do you think?