Becoming Some Things to Some People: An Interdisciplinary Appeal for “Boundaries” in Ministry
A Biblical and Theological Studies (BTS) Symposium
Location: Howison Room, Reimer Student Life Centre, Providence Campus | Online via Zoom
Presenter: Dr. Laura Van der Velden, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology
Respondent: Dr. Joshua Coutts, Associate Professor of New Testament
Brief Description: This paper explores the importance of “boundaries” in ministry and the challenges involved in sustaining balance as finite and fallen people. Deriving from the inherent relationality of the Triune God, we as human creatures always exist in relationship. The Gospel’s call to reconcile the world includes relationships of all kinds and thus calls for the restoration of what we might call “healthy inter-personal boundaries.” Drawing on both theological and psycho-social disciplines, this paper aims to facilitate fruitful conversation around our theological convictions, personal vulnerabilities, and mutual commitment to loving and serving one another well.
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