Advocates for Integrity in Ministry Committee
Chairs: Sandra Stuart Gray and Peter Soulen
God has called us to be advocates for integrity in ministry
AIM provides resources to congregations and clergy for education and training in promoting respectful and ethical relationships, boundary observance, privacy maintenance, and misconduct prevention.
Level 1 Training: Prevention of Sexual Misconduct in Ministerial Relationships
This training is required of all clergy, 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 elders and deacons, and lay leaders of every sort including youth leaders, church school teachers, music personnel, secretaries, administrators.
The training is offered twice a year, in October and April. Attendance records are kept. Click here to register for an upcoming Level One Healthy Boundaries Training Event.
Level 2: 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 elders and deacons, and lay leaders of every sort including youth leaders, church school teachers, music personnel, secretaries, administrators.
Level 2’s evens are offered twice a year as a pre-presbytery event, in October and April. Attendance records are kept.
Investigative Committee Training
AIM 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
AIM 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
AIM meets on the 4th Tuesday of September and October, January thru May at Macalester Plymouth Church. Meetings are usually an hour or a little more.
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.