May 11th, 2022 - May 12th, 2022Healthy Boundaries in the Context of Ministry Full Workshop

Facilitator: Marg Van Herk-Paradis

Date: May 11 and 12, 2022 / May 18 and 19, 2022

Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Workshop via Zoom

Cost: $50 MCEC Participant

Ministry is about coming alongside those to whom we minister in the messiness of life - messiness that takes us to deep and profound places. In this context, it can be challenging to define and set boundaries; yet, to do so is critical for healthy relationships.

This two full-day workshop divided into four mornings will support leaders who wish to establish healthy boundaries and safe and respectful congregational culture in the context of ministry, as they work to:

- Create a healthier church culture

- Increase awareness regarding harassment and boundary crossing

- Understand power dynamics and learn to set and maintain boundaries

- Define expectations regarding a respectful and healthy congregation relating to the anti-harassment bill, Bill 168

- Teach practical skills that empower both church leaders and congregants

Once completed, participants will have a greater understanding of the dynamics associated with healthy boundaries and will gain practical tools for creating a respectful and safe church setting.

Article in the Christian Courier posted September 2018 by Marg Van Herk-Paradis, about Crossing the Line: Boundaries protect both church leaders and parishioners.

Marg is Vice President of Services and a Senior Conflict Management Consultant, with Credence and Company. Marg is a graduate of the Conflict Management Certificate Program offered at Grebel. Previously Marg spent many years as the Executive Director of a L'Arche Community in Stratford, an organization she has been a member of for 25 years.   

Marg's work with clients is informed by respect, the appreciation of difference and the value of every individual. Listening beyond the words to the whole person is a cornerstone of Marg's practice:  she believes that listening well and helping people know that they are valued can be transforming.