Professional Boundaries

This class is needed for recognition of ordination in the ABCGRR. It is required for students of the Alternative Ministerial Education program.

About this course


Registration: May 12 (Deadline: May 4)

Registration October 20
(Deadline: October 12) |

note from the Dean

This class also offers all ministers opportunity to refresh or update knowledge and sharpen discernment in this more than important practice of ministry. Several professional church leaders have participated during past offerings of this class.

For information contact the Dean of Alternative Ministerial Education, Rev. Dr. Paul Maitland or Debbie Naugle for registration form for an announced class (see the home page of Alternative Ministerial Education or the abcgrr home page for that announcement.


Here is a brief introduction of the course as Dr. Stinnett begins his presentation:


Completion of a course in Boundaries issues and practices is required for ordination and recognition of ordination. The GRR Council on Ministerial Standing and Ordination will accept certificates from either of the following courses:

Spiritual leadership is full of boundary conflicts. Often the lines between what is appropriate and what is not are unclear. We have all heard the stories of leaders who have “crossed the line,” wounding both themselves and others. It is a problem not unique to American Baptists, Protestants, or even Christians.

Its purpose is to help spiritual leaders identify boundaries and so respect the persons who have entrusted us with their spiritual well-being.

The courses cover 4 areas:

1. Boundaries, Power and Vulnerability
2. Dating, Friendships, Dual Relationships, Gifts
3. The Pulpit, Transference, Hugging and Touch, Intimacy
4. Personal Needs and Self-Care, Red Flags, Final Reflections

The Great Rivers Region is pleased to offer this for our ministers. If you are anticipating ordination, this course will satisfy the “Professional Ethics” requirement. If you presently serve as a minister, this will be a good refresher course. Continuing Education Units will be awarded.