A Continuum of Care
The continuum provides a means to assess the caring capacity of people in relation to a particular circumstance or issue. It is intended to foster evaluation and conversation by inviting one to place oneself somewhere along the continuum.
A more detailed explanation of the process can be found at Brownspath.com »
End of Ministry Process
What are the keys to leaving a ministry position so that the relationships between the minister and the community she is leaving remain strong and healthy?
A more detailed explanation can be found at Enrichment Journal online »
Grief Response Resource Sheet
Grief is our response to loss. It is often thought that people progress through grief in similar ways, but this isn’t the case. Everyone experiences grief differently because our reaction depends on a range of individual factors, such as our personality and age, our relationship with the deceased, cultural practices, the level of social support and our spiritual beliefs. This resource helps the minister identify how someone is grieving.
For more information see the Australian Better Health website »
Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries
Because of the respect and even reverence with which many people seek help from the Church’s ministers, there is an imbalance of power and hence a vulnerability inherent in the ministerial relationship. In these circumstances there is an absence of meaningful consent to any sexual activity, even if the person is an adult. This imbalance of power makes it never okay. It is the responsibility of the Church leader to maintain appropriate emotional and sexual boundaries with those with whom they work or serve.
Read more about it on The Tidings website »
Ministerial Guidelines on the Web
Each denomination has its own set of ethical or professional behavioral guidelines. For example, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has a Ministerial Code of Ethics that can be seen online. Check other denominational websites for their specific codes.
Ministry Skills and Awareness Evaluation
A program that can be completed by a church’s lay committee or a student’s field supervisor.