Appointed Church Professionals (see definition) serving in the Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church are required to attend official Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church trainings on 1) Healthy Boundaries/Sexual Ethics and 2) Safe Sanctuaries each quadrennium. All transfers and candidates for ministry are required to complete these courses prior to commissioning or appointment, whichever comes first. Compliance with these training requirements and a completed criminal background check are conditions of employment or ministerial appointment. A church professional failing to comply with these conditions of appointment may be cited with an administrative charge by the Bishop in accordance with The 2016 Book of Discipline ¶362.
It is strongly suggested that Other Church Professionals(see definition) attend official Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church trainings on 1) Healthy Boundaries/Sexual Ethics and 2) Safe Sanctuaries each quadrennium.
1. Appointed Church Professionals
Appointed church professionals shall include full, associate and provisional ministerial members of the Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church, as well as ordained deacons (full and provisional) and elders, diaconal ministers and local pastors, in both the effective and retired relationships, supply pastors, and other persons serving the Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church or any local church under appointment of the Bishop or under the supervision of a District Superintendent, including persons keeping their membership in another annual conference or in another denomination and persons holding orders issued by these conferences while on honorable or administrative location.
Additionally, this includes lay and clergy persons employed directly by Conference agencies including but not limited to the Conference Council on Connectional Ministries.
2. Other Church Professionals
Other church professionals shall include anyone in a position of power, authority or leadership employed by or serving as a volunteer in a ministry in the Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church.
3. Required Training for First-Time Appointees.
All persons both lay and clergy who are serving under appointment for the first time are required to take the following full-day courses:
- Healthy Boundaries and Sexual Ethics (BaSE)
- Safe Sanctuary Policy and Procedure Development
Both of these courses are offered at the end of April and the end of October annually.
(SPECIAL COVID-19 Announcement – Both of these courses will be offered in an amended online format. Persons needing these required courses will be notified when the courses are available.)
4. Quadrennial Refresher for those who have completed the full-day courses.
- Safe Spaces Refresher – This training is a combination of the best practices for both Safe Sanctuaries as well as Boundaries and Sexual Ethics. This course fulfills that quadrennial requirement.
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