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Safe Sanctuaries for Ministers

Safe Sanctuaries for Ministers

Best Practices and Ethical Decisions  

by Joy Thornburg Melton
Clergy & Laity

As an attorney, Joy Thornburg Melton understands the need to educate clergy concerning basics of ethical practice within their particular leadership role in the church. She also wants to help clergy become aware of the potential traps they face: isolation, improper self-care, and lack of accountability.

Safe Sanctuaries for Ministers explores three large areas of special concern to clergy:

  • Counseling and the potential improprieties within the counseling relationship
  • Finances and the potential improprieties related to church finance
  • Sexuality and potential for sexual misconduct

Melton writes not only for clergy but also for those who work with pastors, such as Staff-Parish Relations Committees or Church Relations Committees.

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-88177-560-0
Publisher: The Upper Room
Imprint: Discipleship Resources
Publication Date: 05/01/2009
Pages: 112
Dimensions: 9.2500 x 7.2500

Rev. Joy Thornburg Melton, J.D., is the chief resource officer of The United Methodist Property and Casualty Trust. She is the author of the ""Safe Sanctuaries"" series of books and resources published by Discipleship Resources. Rev. Melton is a recognized national leader in the area of development of ministry protection and abuse prevention policies. A graduate of Pfeiffer University, Scarritt College, and Emory University School of Law, she is uniquely qualified to understand both the legal and ecclesial issues involved with cases of abuse within the church.

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