& New Title D
MINISTRY STANDARDS 1: Royal Commission and new Title D Canons
Boundaries in Ministry
Understanding and respecting boundaries is absolutely critical to healthy ministry. We are committed to ensuring that boundaries training is available to all licence holders (lay and ordained) as well as PTO holders. In 2021 the first three boundaries webinars described below will be mandatory. Each session will consists of 90 minutes input followed by a quiz.
Anyone who holds the Bishop's licence or a PTO will need to attend the first three sessions and complete the quiz. Each session will be recorded for those who have sought permission from the Bishop to be absent.
boundaries webinars 2021
February 2 | 7-8:30pm Introduction to Boundaries: Royal Commission & New Canon
At General Synod in July 2020, Statute 753 (The Title D Amendment Statute, 2020) significantly altered Canon I, Title D (Of Standards). It is critical that all licence holders attend this session and understand the changes.
March 2 | 7-8:30pm Boundaries and Power
Navigating the difference between boundary crossing and boundary violation. Exploring power dynamics in ministry.
May 11 | 7-8:30pm Social Media and the Internet
Identifying internet boundaries and managing social media.
June 1 | 7-8:30pm Advanced Boundaries
Non-compulsory - Topic to be confirmed
Boundaries 3: Social Media and Internet - May 11, 7pm
"Walk the Line"
Navigating Healthy Boundaries in Ministry
In 2021 this course will be available on request, but priority is given to the webinars.
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 is provided and the training runs from 10am to 3pm.
This course is driven by our commitment to the professional pastoral standards expressed in Canon 1 Title D, cl 9:
“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
MATTHEW 28:18-20 (NLT)
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