2024 Events

Boundary Trainings Hosted by the Presbytery of Carlisle

Register below by Friday, March 1!
Check out our Boundary Training flyer here.

For Active Ruling Elders and Church Staff (If you’re clergy, keep scrolling!)
Wednesday, March 6
6:30 – 9 p.m. | In-Person or Online | In-Person cost is $10; Zoom is free
Silver Spring Presbyterian Church | 444 Silver Spring Road, Mechanicsburg
This training will be recorded and made available for church use after March 6.

Although active Ruling Elders need Boundary Training, not ALL active Ruling Elders are expected to attend THIS boundary training. Other options are being cultivated and will be communicated soon.

After you register for the in-person training using the form above, please pay online here or plan to bring cash or check to the event. 


For Clergy-types including ministers, active retired ministers, CREs, CCEs, and those under care of CPM
Thursday, March 7
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | In-Person Only | Cost is $20
Silver Spring Presbyterian Church | 444 Silver Spring Road, Mechanicsburg

After you register using the form above, please pay online here or plan to bring cash or check to the event. 

Cost covers refreshments for in-person attendees. Please pay online when you register for the in-person trainings, or at the door by cash or by check, payable to The Presbytery of Carlisle. If the cost is prohibitive, please be in touch with Kristal Smith or Lucy Bowerman.

The Commission on Ministry is pleased to announce Dr. David Olsen will facilitate both trainings, which will include the topic of sexual misconduct per requirements in the Book of Order. In addition, the workshops will explore boundaries in a broader sense because boundary-setting plays into all aspects of ministry and church life. Good leadership requires understanding the complexities of setting boundaries while knowing when to loosen them. Good leadership also teaches good boundaries by example. Topics covered will include:

  • WHAT effective boundaries are in the changing context of congregational life
  • WHY boundaries are so hard to maintain
  • HOW we can focus on prevention and build strategies for holding boundaries aimed at allowing for growth

We’ve asked Dr. Olsen to give focused attention to helping us explore the dynamic interplay of issues within ourselves and issues in the systems we serve, especially as chronic anxiety has increased in congregations during and after COVID. 

Dr. David Olsen is Executive Director of The Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center in Albany NY, and co-author of the book, Saying No To Say Yes.  As an adjunct professor of family therapy, an ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches, coach and consultant to clergy and congregations, Dr. Olsen brings a depth of wisdom, experience, and stories that make the training impactful!

If you are a Clergy-type and have attended Boundary Training elsewhere in the past three years, it probably counts!  Please be in touch with Kristal Smith to provide documentation.