Boundary Lines in Pleasant Places: Formation for Ethical Practice in Ministry

March 15 - March 17, 2024


"How will I know if I violate ministry ethics?"

March 15, 16, & 17

Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center

Facilitators: Rev. Sarah Ann Bixler (PhD) is Assistant Professor of Formation and Practical Theology and Associate Dean of the Seminary at Eastern Mennonite University, and attends Park View Mennonite Church.
Gerald Shenk (PhD) is retired as a seminary professor at Eastern Mennonite University and staff member at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and attends Springdale Mennonite Church. Both have experience in pastoral ministry roles in VMC congregations.
Sponsored by the Leadership Enrichment Committee
"How will I know if I violate ministry ethics?" This common fear of ministry leaders - whether stated or not - points to a heightened awareness of two important things. Thankfully, leaders today understand the need for professional boundaries and ethical practice. Yet, they are increasingly uncertain about how to practice ministry in ways that will be perceived by all as upright and ethical.
Engaging the Psalms as an invitation to self-reflection, this retreat explores the drawing of boundary lines in "pleasant places" (Psalm 16:6), where God holds our anxious thoughts (Psalm 139:23). In a confidential retreat setting among peers with a commitment to authenticity, ministry leaders will gain confidence for dealing with difficult situations, deepen reflection on their ministry tasks, and develop principles for responsible practices in their ministry context. This interactive retreat will draw on case studies, scripture, and spiritual practices to build leaders' integrity for ethical practice in ministry. Session topics cover accountability, boundaries and confidentiality, avoiding harm, truth telling, and sustainable practices.
Event location: Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center
Event address: 9275 Barnes Rd, Toano, VA 23168 [Google maps]