Committee on Ethics
Chair: Anna Kendig
Email: COE@ptcaweb.org

This committee meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, MN

Vision Statement
God has called us to be advocates for integrity in ministry.

Mission Statement
COE provides resources to congregations and clergy for education and training in promoting respectful and ethical relationships, boundary observance, privacy maintenance, and misconduct prevention.

Responsibilities

Level 1 Training: Prevention of Sexual Misconduct in Ministerial Relationships
This training is required of all teaching elders, active or honorably retired, who engage in any form of ministry, including such things as pulpit supply, teaching or leading Bible studies, pastoral care, counseling, etc. Incoming pastors have one year from the time of reception by presbytery to fulfill the requirement.

The training is recommended for ruling elders and deacons, and lay leaders of every sort including youth leaders, church school teachers, music personnel, secretaries, administrators.

The training is offered one a year by the Presbytery, in November.  Other opportunities are available at the United Church of Christ (http://uccmn.org/events/conference-events/) and the United Methodist Church MN Annual Conference (http://www.minnesotaumc.org/).  The presbytery will recognize these Level 1 Boundary training events as fulfilling the presbytery requirements.  Attendance records are kept.  See the COE Policy for additional information.

Level 2 Training: Discussions of Broader Ethical Concerns.
The events have included discussions such as gift receiving, the impact of electronic communications and appropriate boundaries of compassion.

Clergy are strongly recommended to attend one of these events at least every three years.

These trainings are also recommended for ruling elders and deacons, and lay leaders of every sort including youth leaders, church school teachers, music personnel, secretaries, administrators.

Level 2 training is offered twice a year as a pre-presbytery event, in spring and in the fall. Attendance records are kept.

Investigative Committee Training
COE may be called upon by the Stated Clerk for assistance in the training of an Investigative Committee, and to be a further resource in its work.

Resource to Congregations
COE is available to congregations for training of session, deacons, staff, or lay leadership in such arenas as power and boundaries, the implementation of a Misconduct Prevention Policy, or other ethical concerns that may arise unique to a particular church and its ministry.

Meeting Style and Schedule
This committee meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, MN

We tend to work as a committee of the whole. However, each year time is taken to discover individual interests so that members are pursuing arenas that more deeply interest them.

Level 1 Boundary Training

 [IMAGE] Level 1 Boundary Training is presented once a year, in November by the Committee on Ethics.  The training usually runs from 8:30a.m.-3:00p.m. with lunch included. A fee of $45 covers the cost of materials and lunch. This training is required for all Teaching Elders in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area and is also appropriate for youth directors, Christian education staff, music staff, ministry volunteers, and people serving on church personnel committees.  The training provides basic foundations and frameworks for healthy and safe Christian communities in terms of ministry relationships, finance, social media and confidentiality.

Our next Level 1 Healthy Boundaries Training will be in November, 2017 venue to be determind.

Please contact the COE committee chair for alternatives to this training which include United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church classes.

If you have any questions, please contact Anna Kendig, chair of the Committee on Ethics at COE@ptcaweb.org.



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