Lifelong Learning

Boundary Training: Healthy Relationships in Ministry

Brite Divinity School will offer Boundary Training: Healthy Relationships in Ministry on August 28 from 9:00 to 4:00. The workshop will be held in the Bass Conference Center at Brite Divinity School. This training will cover such things as: discerning the importance of healthy boundaries for building community; identifying behavior in self and others that can potentially compromise healthy relationships; developing professional ethics that sustain ministry; examining the dynamics in communities where clergy misconduct has occurred; and creating strategies for maintaining healthy relationships with self, others, and God. This workshop is intended to meet boundary training criteria for ministerial standing; however, it is the participant’s responsibility to verify with their judicatory whether or not this workshop satisfies professional standing requirements.

A certificate will be given at the end of the workshop for six contact hours of continuing education in boundary training.

Marshall_MarchThe workshop will be led by Rev. Dr. Joretta Marshall who is trained in boundary work and has offered similar workshops in various contexts. Dr. Joretta Marshall is the author of articles related to boundaries and power dynamics in ministry, as well as other issues in pastoral care and counseling. She is the Executive Vice President and Dean of Brite Divinity School and Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling. She is a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Registration is $20 for the day and does not include lunch. Brite students can attend for free but need to register. Register online at: For more information call 817.257.7582 or email
Brite Divinity School’s mission to educate women and men to lead in the ministry of Christ’s church, the academy, and public life as witnesses to God’s reconciling and transforming love and justice is understood to be a life-long effort involving clergy, laity, and seekers. Brite offers a diverse and vibrant lifelong learning program in the North Texas area – on campus and in local churches.

For leaders of all faith communities we offer educational opportunities to maintain a high level of effectiveness in their ministry through exposure to scholarly advances, information and skills related to the practice of ministry, engagement with contemporary issues of faith and society, and time for worship, renewal, and relaxation.

The centerpiece of the continuing education program for clergy is Ministers Week which brings pastors to campus for three days of inspiring worship, thought-provoking lectures, enriching workshops and a world-class organ recital. This event is not only an opportunity for personal learning and renewal, but also an occasion to connect with colleagues from across the Southwest and beyond.

Specifically designed for lay education but of value to clergy as well, the Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity offers a series of independent, short term learning experiences lead by top scholars from Brite and around the country. These programs are held in local churches, predominately in Dallas where the School originated as part of the ministry of East Dallas Christian Church. SSTL provides adult lay persons a foundation to strengthen the basis of their commitment to Jesus Christ and the church, to learn how to better understand the intersections of life and faith, and how to prepare more effectively for work in service to God and humanity. 


Eilene Theilig | 817.257.7582
Director of Lay and Continuing Education