The Presbytery of Chicago is dedicated to helping congregations and pastors set their sights on healthy pastor-parishioner relationships, establish safe boundaries, and find their way to trust, truth, honesty, and love as Christ’s church.
 
The Presbytery of Chicago requires all ministers, ministerial candidates and inquirers, Honorably Retired clergy, Certified Christian Educators, members of the Presbytery Coordinating Commission, moderators of any of the presbytery’s entities, and all Presbytery of Chicago employees and volunteers to attend, annually, an in-person or online class on healthy boundaries. This annual requirement supersedes all previous boundary training requirements from previous years in the Presbytery of Chicago.
 
   2021 Boundary Training
 
Options to Complete the Annual Requirement
 
Please register for one of the two offered presbytery boundary trainings (Option 1) or inform the office (ministry@chicagopresbytery.org) that the alternative certification will be completed (Option 2 and 3). 
 
Option 1
The Presbytery of Chicago will be offering 2 boundary trainings in 2021. Both trainings will be via Zoom, will last 90 minutes, and will require pre-registration.  Registration is now open for both.
 
Please register at bit.ly/BTMay2021 for May 27, 2021, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
 
Please register at bit.ly/BTOct2021 for October 14, 2021, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
 
 
Option 2

In lieu of the POC boundary training, this option will be accepted: 

All employers in the State of Illinois (including churches) are now required to provide Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for all employees every year. This includes how to report any misconduct of which they are the survivor. For more information about the law, which took effect in 2020, go to the FAQ prepared by the State of Illinois. On that page, you will also find a link to a Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training program prepared by the State of Illinois that can be downloaded.
 
Minister Members serving congregations can have their Clerk of Session (or HR office if they serve another institution) certify to the presbytery no later than November 1 that they have completed this mandatory State of Illinois training. This certification can be sent to ministry@chicagopresbytery.org.
 
 
Option 3 – Specialized Ministers
Ministers in specialized ministries may have your employer submit a certificate of completion of your organization’s Boundary Training. Please have this certification sent no later than November 1. This certification can be sent to ministry@chicagopresbytery.org.
 

Additional Notes

There will be no “on-line at-your-own-pace” boundary training in 2021. It is important to take a moment now and plan how the annual requirement will be fulfilled.  All Clerks of Session in the Presbytery have received this information, along with a notice whether their pastor is current in boundary training.
 

Please refer to the Life Together/Safe Boundaries policy for more information on the Presbytery of Chicago boundary training requirements for all who serve in the presbytery.