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Responding to Clergy Misconduct Leadership Training - March 2014

What do you do when a faith leader violates the boundaries of a pastoral or teaching relationship? This training will provide a clear explanation of what clergy misconduct is, what boundary violations are, and what constitutes an appropriate response. We will provide a theological foundation for this process and emphasize a supportive response to complainants, respondents, and congregations.

  • Featured Training
  • Training
  • Clergy Ethics & Healthy Boundaries
When Mar 17, 2014 01:15 PM to
Mar 19, 2014 12:00 PM
Pacific Time Zone
Where Seattle, WA | Silver Cloud Lake Union
Presenter Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune


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Contact Phone 206-634-1903 ext 23
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New Section Added! "Healing the Congregation" (How to Face a Disclosure of Misconduct; What is the Role of the "After-Pastor"?)


When prevention fails and a faith leader violates the boundaries of a pastoral or teaching relationship as well as betrays the trust of a congregation, a judicatory or organization must be prepared to respond. When a complaint of misconduct comes forward, the complainant, the faith leader, and the congregation or organization where the violation occurred all are in need of response and action. The complaint needs to be investigated and adjudicated but the congregation or organization also needs support to deal with its confusion, grief, and anger in order to move towards healing and restoration.

Having a policy and procedure in place to respond to the complaint itself is paramount but the response to the congregation or organization is equally important. This Leadership Workshop will address both aspects of response focusing on intervention as well as addressing the needs of the congregation and the role of an “after-pastor.”

Learning Objectives:

  • Prepare judicatory leaders to respond to misconduct by clergy and spiritual leaders.
  • Expand the biblical and theological foundations for an appropriate response to clergy misconduct.
  • Review the importance of an awareness of power and vulnerability within pastoral/teaching relationships.
  • Look critically at policy and procedure issues including investigation and adjudication.
  • Address legal concerns.
  • Address communication concerns post-disclosure of abuse.
  • Prepare Response Teams to address concerns of their congregation.

Who Should Participate:
Judicatory or organizational leaders (clergy and laity) who are responsible for responding to complaints of clergy misconduct

Course Structure:
Recommended prerequisite: A 101-level of healthy boundaries training
Pre-Course Assignment: Read Is Nothing Sacred by Marie Fortune (included in training fee)
Two-day In-person classroom training
Session I: A Common Framework
Session II: It's All About Power
Session III: Healing the Congregation - New section! (How to Face a Disclosure of Misconduct; What is the Role of the "After-Pastor"?)

Training Fee Includes:

  • Two-day in person classroom training
  • DVD Not In My Church
  • DVD Once You Cross the Line
  • Book Is Nothing Sacred? by Marie Fortune
  • Book Sex and the Spiritual Teacher by Scott Edelstein
  • Responding to Clergy Misconduct Handbook

Registration Details:

  • $750 early registration if registered by Friday, February 21, 2014.
  • $850 per participant after Friday, February 21, 2014.
  • Group discounts ($725 per person) are given to groups of 4 or more from the same congregation, organization, or conference/region.
  • This training event will be held in Seattle, WA at Silver Cloud Inn - Lake Union

Training Times:

An agenda is issued upon registration. The training times are as follows:

Monday, March 17: 1:15pm - 5:00pm
Tuesday, March 18: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday, March 19: 8:30am - noon

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Questions: Email or call Carolyn Scott Brown at 206-634-1903 ext. 23.

Sorry, registration is closed for this event.

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