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Monday, February 8, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 a.m. – noon. (4 CEUs)

Bishop Jeffrey Clements invites all rostered ministers, synodically authorized ministers, vicars, interns, candidates for rostered ministry and congregational leaders (volunteers or employees) to the 2021 Boundaries Workshop, “Healthy Boundaries: The Basics.”

As people who work with people, we know the importance of relationships. We also know that healthy relationships depend upon clear and respectful boundaries. Rostered ministers and those who serve as leaders in congregations especially need thoughtful and consistent training around boundaries because of the variety of their relationships.

This workshop is intended to equip all leaders to understand healthy boundaries in ministry relationships. Healthy and vital ministries rely on trust and mutual support to create spaces of welcome and safety for all. All those given the privilege of leading God’s people must understand the role of power, authority and vulnerability to build and maintain healthy boundaries and to choose healthy self-care strategies.

The Northern Illinois Synod Council has adopted an expectation that all rostered ministers of the Northern Illinois Synod attend a Boundaries Workshop at least once every five years. The Synod will offer this workshop, via Zoom, Monday, February 8, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 a.m. – noon.

The deadline to register for this event is Thursday, February 4 at 11:59 p.m.



Why Boundaries?

Power and Vulnerability

Pulpit/Worship, and Relational Boundaries (Friendships/Gifts, Dual Relationships/Transference Touch/Hug, Dating, Sexual Misconduct).


Barbara SolsaaThis workshop will be led by Barbara Solsaa, a former therapist turned clergy life coach. She has a B.A. (Luther College), M.S.W. (University of IL) and holds the International Coach Federation certification of P.C.C. for coaching. Barbara is trained in Bridgebuilders, Healthy Congregations and Healthy Start. She is a mother, spouse, coach, consultant, and writer and is passionate about creating resources to support sustainability and longevity in ministry for pastors and deacons. Find out more about Barbara and other resources at

The cost will be $50 plus a processing fee of $1.75, for a total of $51.75. If the amount of this fee prevents someone from attending, please contact Deacon Cheryl Erdmann at Scholarship assistance is available.