START HERE: Susan Nienaber, Big Waters District Superintendent, and Cindy Gregorson, Director of Connectional Ministries, introduce this podcast series on boundaries, professionalism, legal issues, and denominational policy.
Cindy Gregorson goes over the details of Minnesota laws and statutes as it pertains to clergy sexual misconduct.
Warning: This episode uses explicit language to explain the statutes.
Susan Nienaber talks about the laws and the responsibilities that clergy have to protect vulnerable people. Are clergy obligated to report child abuse or abuse of vulnerable adults? What does it mean to be a mandatory reporter, and what are the obligations that go with that? These and more questions are answered here.
Cindy Gregorson outlines the denominational policies and procedures for when there has been a misconduct. She discusses the covenant and trust clergy must uphold.
Cindy Gregorson discusses keeping kids and youth safe while in church and at church activities. Here are the practices advised for keeping kids safe.
Susan Nienaber and Cindy Gregorson talk about the complexities of ministry today, and about how there's no right or wrong when it comes to managing boundaries. It's all about the context.
Susan Nienaber talks about the difference between pastoral care and psychotherapy. This podcast episode offers advice and best practices.
Susan Nienaber and Cindy Gregorson talk about the complicated subject of friendships between a pastor and congregants. How do we manage friendships when we know we can't fully remove ourselves from our role as their pastor?
Susan Nienaber and Cindy Gregorson talk about the art of leaving a congregation well, and the pitfalls of not leaving in a healthy way.
Susan Nienaber and Cindy Gregorson talk about social media, digital communication, and how it has affected the role of clergy.
Susan Nienaber and Cindy Gregorson talk about managing conflict, best practices for dealing with differences, and the Rule of Christ training which is offered by the Annual Conference.
ELI Project Project Manager Joelle Anderson and United Methodist Church of Anoka Lead Pastor Bill Eaves, who hosted an intern in 2015, talk about what the internship experience is like for interns and host churches.
Ben Ingebretson talks about his church-planting experience, what makes church plants successful, and his vision for starting new churches in Minnesota.
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church