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Healthy Ministry Relationships
“Clergy who are near the breaking point often lack compassionate, supportive resources in the
broader church community. Burnout results when clergy and their ministry partners ignore the
warning signs; devastating boundary violations often follow, harming parishioners and derailing
ministries. Effective training for clergy and lay leaders provides a tool for burnout intervention
so that healthy ministry relationships may be restored,” says UCC pastor and former criminal
court judge Rev. Dr. Tracey Dawson, author of “Whose Problem is Clergy Burnout?”
Rev. Dr. Dawson has, over the past 18 months, led a task force of the Rocky Mountain
Conference of the UCC in reimagining and redesigning traditional clergy “boundaries training,”
expanding their scope and making them more engaging and participatory. Retitled as “Healthy
Ministry Relationships” (HMR ) training, workshops and consultations are currently offered
online or in-person for active and retired ministers, church and denominational lay leaders,
church boards, committees on ministry, seminaries, and persons in discernment of ordained
call. They are available to and applicable for all mainline denominations.
For information about training or consultations in ministry relationship issues, contact: Rev. Dr.
Tracey Dawson or visit this website: yourhealthyministry.com.