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Pastoral Boundaries and Ethics

Offered by the Institute for Pastoral Leadership

February 28 - March 2, 2011
School of Christian Vocation and Mission
Princeton Theological Seminary


Issues related to ethics and boundaries arise frequently in ministry. Many governing bodies have adopted policies on professional and personal ethics. Issues regarding personal boundaries, i.e. what a person will accept or not accept in one's own or other peoples' behavior, are less frequently aired. This event will focus on recognizing such issues before and when they arise and how to respond to them in an ethical and professional way. It will also focus on integrating these practices with one's own spiritual, physical, and mental health.


David Prince has served churches in Texas and New Jersey for many years, including a twenty-seven year pastorate at Ewing Presbyterian Church, an eight-hundred member congregation. During his tenure in Ewing, Reverend Prince also served as stated clerk of the New Brunswick Presbytery. He has been a commissioner to General Assembly three times and a member and clerk of the Permanent Judicial Commission of the Synod of the Northeast. He was a visiting lecturer in Presbyterian Church Polity at Princeton Theological Seminary for seven years. Since his retirement in 1999, Mr. Prince has served as an interim pastor at several congregations and as interim executive presbyter of Hudson River Presbytery.

Tentative Schedule

The institute will start on Monday, February 28 at 9 a.m. and will conclude by 12 noon on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Participants are welcome to extend their stay for the entire week by registering for one of the other three institutes offered by the Institute for Pastoral Leadership from March 3-4, 2011.


The registration fee is $200 (discounted to $160 until January 5), which includes tuition, refreshments, and meals. Affordable on-campus lodging (as low as $55 per night) is available to those who need it. Please read the registration and cancellation policy here and then click here to register online.

If you have further questions, please call 609-497-7990 or e-mail [email protected].