Registration is due Friday, March 4, for the first session of the introductory “Not Your-Average Boundaries Training” being offered to Presbytery of Lake Michigan members during 2022.

The  class – scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday and Tuesday, March 14 and 15, via Zoom – is open to both teaching and ruling elders but participants must attend both sessions to receive credit for completing the program. The program cost is fully covered through a partnership between the Synod of the Covenant and its member presbyteries.

Completing this introductory course sessions fulfills the Presbytery of Lake Michigan Sexual Misconduct Policy mandate that all teaching elders active in ministry within the bound of the Presbytery complete boundaries and ethics training. The mandate applies to all teaching elders who are actively serving in congregations or in validated ministry, including members-at-large, Honorably Retired members, Commissioned Ruling Elders (CREs), and Christian educators (CCEs.) Participants must submit a copy of their course completion certificate to for the Presbytery files.

A second session of the introductory boundary training course will be offered Wednesday and Thursday, November 16 and 17 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is due by Monday, November 7.

One session of an advanced boundaries training will be offered during 2022:

  • Wednesday and Thursday, May 11 and 12, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Registration is due by Monday, May 2.

The class is open to both teaching and ruling elders who have taken the introductory boundaries training through LeaderWise in the past year. Participants will reflect on experiences since the first training and delve deeper into topics like triangulation, bender, leader/ retiring well, and other topics.

One session of the congregation-centered Healthy Church Boundaries training will be offered during 2022:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, October 4 and 5, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Registration is due by Friday, September 23.

This class is open to teaching and ruling elders PLUS lay leaders and key members of congregations to help them understand healthy boundaries in the system of the church.

Click here to find more details about each boundaries training class and other educational opportunities being offered by the Synod and its partner presbyteries.