Protect your congregation and your ministry with online sexual ethics training for pastors.
The prevalence of electronic communication and social media raises new ethical challenges for church leaders today. Maintaining Boundaries in a Digital Age, an online course from the Keeping Our Sacred Trust ethics training series, explores issues of clergy ethics and responsibility in an era of instantaneous, electronic communication. It helps spiritual leaders stay healthy and attentive to appropriate boundaries in the midst of new challenges. It builds on the course Keeping Our Sacred Trust: Understanding Clergy Sexual Ethics, which is a primer on preventing clergy sexual misconduct.
Respond to these challenges and protect your congregation with Keeping Our Sacred Trust: Maintaining Boundaries in a Digital Age. Enroll now.
Maintaining Boundaries in a Digital Age addresses real concerns and questions from the perspective of those in pastoral ministry.
- Why are boundaries important to effective ministry?
- How is self-care critical to maintaining appropriate boundaries?
- When is it appropriate to use different forms of social and electronic media?
- How can privacy be maintained?
- Why are clergy particularly at risk for pornography use?
- How can clergy escape the lure of pornography?
Keeping Our Sacred Trust: Maintaining Boundaries in a Digital Age is organized into three parts, each of which include a number of subsections designed to address real concerns and questions from the perspective of those in the practice of ministry.
- Part I focuses on the importance boundaries and how to maintain appropriate boundaries.
- Part II examines some of the challenges of ministry in an electronic age.
- Part III considers sexual ethics in the digital age.
Ensures thorough engagement
To ensure that clergy have thoroughly learned the materials, Maintaining Boundaries in a Digital Age is capped with a 20-question test. Clergy must correctly answer at least 18 of the 20 questions to prove that they have a thorough command of the materials. Pastors who do not pass the test are required to retake it until they have exhibited the appropriate knowledge of the materials. Additionally, several short-answer questions are included throughout the course.
Convenient online format
- Learn via written instruction, video presentations, and personal reflection exercises.
- Work at your own pace, taking the time necessary to process information and reflect.
- Engage in honest self-reflection with an online system that is completely confidential.
- Study when and where it fits your schedule.
- Avoid the time and expense of travel to workshops or seminars.
Key features of Maintaining Boundaries in a Digital Age and other courses in the Keeping Our Sacred Trust ethics training series
- $49 to enroll
- .5 CEU issued within minutes by the Lewis Center upon completion
- Certificate of successful completion issued
- Individual and group registration available
- Open to clergy and church leaders of any denomination and non-denominational pastors
- Online format ensures full engagement of the study materials through built-in accountability mechanisms and allows you to study at your own pace, when and where you choose
Built on credible expertise
Principal direction in developing this course was provided by the late Dr. Rob Vaughn, former lead pastor of Community of Faith United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia. Rob earned a Ph.D. in sexuality education at University of Pennsylvania in a joint program in the School of Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, and the Medical School. He taught widely throughout the church on ethics. Many other experts — from the Lewis Center, Wesley Theological Seminary, and beyond — have also contributed to this course.