Pastoral Boundary Training
- Every three years all Diocesan Clergy are required to complete a "Boundaries" Course as a condition of their licence.
- To register for the New Plymouth Boundaries training please scroll down.
Walk the Line
Navigating Healthy Boundaries in Ministry
This is an introductory/refresher course using new material developed by Reverend Sarah Park (Auckland Diocesan Ministry Educator).
Learning will be done in community with reference to powerpoints and multimedia. A workbook will be provided.
This course is driven by our commitment to the professional pastoral standards expressed in Canon 1 Title D, cl 9:
Ministers of God's grace can themselves become vulnerable. Ministers must guard against the possibility of misunderstanding and over-dependence. Ministers must preserve appropriate inter-personal disciplines and boundaries. Aware of the power of the Minister’s position Ministers must avoid abuse of that power, and any manipulation of a person in the guise of giving counsel. It is a serious abuse of power to use a calling or a pastoral position to further a personal relationship of an emotional or sexual nature, and it is a breach of duty.
Time is given to understanding what boundaries are, how we experience them, and how we put them into practice to preserve the safety of all parties in a pastoral relationship. We explore the distinction between "boundary crossing" and "boundary violation" and make reference to the Karpman Drama Triangle to appreciate the roles available to carers in a pastoral scenario. This helps us to understand the kinds of power dynamics that inevitably influence our encounters with others. Reference is also made to:
- Sexual harassment
- Boundary erosion
- Use of social media