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201 Module: Taking It Back: Talking with Your Community About Healthy Boundaries (Revised)

201 Module: Taking It Back: Talking with Your Community About Healthy Boundaries (Revised)

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A Supplemental Module to the Teaching Healthy Boundaries Curriculum

Explaining the need for clergy boundaries to our congregation is not always simple or easy. This module, building on the Teaching Healthy Boundaries curriculum materials, was created to help facilitate this conversation between leaders and laity. The Taking It Back curriculum is designed as a first step to foster conversations about healthy boundaries with the members of a local spiritual community or congregation.

"Taking it Back" fills an important gap for clergy and spiritual leaders, providing an opportunity to discuss roles, expectations, and the importance of healthy boundaries to create a safe and dynamic faith community. This facilitator’s guide is written for a local religious leader to talk with and educate their congregation about healthy boundaries as a faith community value. The local pastor/faith leader may receive their boundaries training as a part of their affiliated regional training or certification and then take this educational material back to their individual congregation/faith community.

This supplemental module includes a Facilitator's Guide and 2-page participant handout. The handout can be copied for your training purposes. We are also including a PDF document of example slides that can be used to foster this conversation.

We believe strongly that conversations about healthy boundaries with laity support the efforts of a pastor/spiritual teacher to maintain a healthy ministry. Open dialogue about the roles and responsibilities of the faith leader, as well as the expectations of the local congregation/members for their pastor/leader, is a proactive way to minimize potential boundary violations. Faith communities can help ministers/leaders as they strive for a balanced life, avoiding burnout caused by the lack of self-care that is so prevalent amongst spiritual leaders. Understanding healthy boundaries is a cornerstone for a healthy spiritual community.

This is a digital download: After your order is placed, you will receive an email with a link to download the PDF of this module, so you can access it immediately.

PLEASE NOTE: In purchasing and downloading the Taking It Back guide and the accompanying sample slides PDF file you are the designated licensee. As the licensee you may use the guide and PDF content only for educational setting and purposes. (i.e. for non-commercial audiences) and only during either in-person or closed (i.e. not available to the general public) online education programs. The files may not be transferred, rented, loaned, or loaned for a fee, leased or sub-leased to others. They are for your use only as a/the trainer. All copyrights are owned and maintained by FaithTrust Institute. You may adapt the example slide files for your use, but if you alter them, we ask that you site the source material as from FaithTrust Institute.