For clergy and lay assigned leaders: Wondering about ethics requirements for 2023?


There are changes afoot! If you remember the ethics policy changes from the 2022 Annual Conference, you’ll know that you will have three requirements, which are just a bit different from the past:

  • Disclosure Form
  • Background check
    • This will happen biennially, in May.
  • Take a Healthy Boundaries Workshop, approved by the Board of Ordained Ministry
    • The workshop for the 2021-2024 quadrennium can be fulfilled anytime online through The Lewis Center:
    • This is a quadrennial requirement; you have until Dec. 31, 2024, to complete it.
    • Contact your district administrator if you’re not sure whether you’ve already fulfilled the Healthy Boundaries requirement for this quadrennium.
    • You can apply for MEF monies to cover the cost of the course.
The first two ethics requirements will be done during the month of May. Before then, you’ll be receiving detailed information about completing the disclosure form and background check requirements on our new MinistrySafe platform. One of the benefits of this platform is that Oregon-Idaho’s Safe Sanctuaries local church requirements will also shift over to MinistrySafe later this year, which we hope will eliminate duplication and confusion for those who need to complete both sets of requirements.
Stay tuned for more details! And in the meantime, blessings on your Lenten journey.