Sexual Ethics Training for all Pastors

Who needs to attend?

All those who are serving under episcopal appointment within the Texas Annual Conference must attend one of the upcoming Sexual Ethics Trainings in early 2020 to remain in good standing. This includes all clergy serving in extension ministries, retired clergy serving under appointment, all deacons, elders, licensed local pastors (part time and full time), interim ministers, diaconal ministers, CLMs and lay supply who are assigned to lead a church. Those on leave or unappointed also need to attend to stay in good standing with the conference. This training is required even if you have recently attended an abbreviated version at Residency Retreats or Licensing Schools since the last quadrennial training in 2015-2016.


What to Expect

The first two trainings will have outside speakers facilitating the sessions. The remaining three trainings will be facilitated by our own TAC clergy.

Presentations will cover the following and more:

  • Promoting healthy boundaries in ministerial leadership
  • Raising awareness
  • Preventing sexual misconduct in our churches
  • Proper Social Media responsibilities

Printed certificates showing CEU credits will be provided upon request. The date of attendance will be recorded on your permanent record.

Speaker: Joy Melton

Speaker: Tom Camp


When and Where

Memorial Drive UMC, Houston on Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Marvin UMC, Tyler on Wednesday, January 29, 2020

St. Paul’s UMC, Houston on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Longview First UMC, Longview on Saturday, February 15, 2020

Conroe First UMC, Conroe on Saturday, February 29, 2020


Time and Cost

Each training will take place from 9 am to 2:30 pm. Lunch is included in your registration fee of $30. If you need to change dates once you have registered, please email Click to email to adjust to another training.

Register Online


We appreciate your commitment to this important work.

Together, let us commit to set Healthy Boundaries in our churches.

Bishop Scott Jones
Office of the Bishop

Rev. Morris Matthis
Director of Clergy Excellence

Rev. Deanna Young
Chair Sexual Ethics Committee