Healthy Boundaries 101

Healthy boundaries are a gift. They are helpful guidelines that give shape to our relationships. God set boundaries in the creation of the world, not to limit creation, but to protect it and let it flourish. Boundaries create safe spaces and help to build trust. However, in our society sometimes we hear the word boundaries as a negative one.

In this training you will be introduced to the nature of boundaries and the issues of power and vulnerability. The course provides an ethical and theological understanding of healthy boundaries, as well as practical acknowledgement of the arenas that are often challenging for those in ministry. Specifically exploring deeply the complex roles and situation of ministry in a thoughtful and reflective way. You will have the opportunity to share experiences, and respond to situations through interactive discussions, as well as receive resources and have time for individual reflection.

Course materials and lunch is provided by Franconia Conference. Donations on the day of the training are welcome.

This training is open to anyone who wishes to attend. All those in leadership roles are encouraged to participate. This training is essential for all Franconia Conference credentialed leaders renewal process.  Trainings will be held:

  • Saturday, September 15, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Centro de Alabanza (map)
    • Spanish and Indonesian translation available upon request
  • Sunday, September Zoom  – Sunday Nights, 8 pm – 10 pm, September 9, 16, 23, & 30 (Must attend all 4 sessions for credit)
  • Wednesday, October Zoom – Wednesday Mornings, 8:30 am – 10:30 am, October 3, 17, 31, and Nov 7 (Must attend all 4 sessions for credit)
  • Saturday, September 29, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Albany, NY. Specific location TBD. This training is being offered in collaboration with New York Conference
  • Friday, October 26, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Akron Mennonite Church (this training is offered by Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and will have different trainers).
    • Spanish translation available upon request

Your Trainers:
John Drescher-Lehman, Clinical Social Worker and Spiritual Director.  John has worked in the fields of mental health and spiritual direction for over 30 years. John provides therapy and spiritual direction for individuals, and works with couples and families to improve their ability to communicate and care for each other.  He also works with churches and other organizations to help them heal from old wounds and grow and transform into new places of God’s presence in the world.  John and wife Sandy also offer spiritual retreats for individuals and for groups at their retreat center in Green Lane, known as FernRock Retreat.

Barbie Fischer holds a BS in Cross Cultural Communication and an MA in Conflict Transformation with a focus in trauma and restorative justice, working in these fields for over 15 years. She is currently the Communication Manager for Franconia Conference and also the Executive Director of Restorative Encounters. Her work includes developing and implementing reentry programming for former child soldiers in Uganda, Africa and Sri Lanka; assisting in healing processes for crime victims, incarcerated people, and their families; working with veterans and family members on the transition to civilian life; and aiding faith communities through conflict and building their capacity to be places of healing.  She has guest lectured, and conducted countless trainings on restorative justice and trauma healing in universities and organizations across the United States. She is also a trained sexual abuse advocate focusing on restorative justice for all those involved in abuse situations. Restorative Justice is about interconnectedness, relationships, and Barbie has found that through boundaries people are able to have healthier relationships with family and friends, allowing God to flourish in their lives.