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PASTORS AND FRIENDS


Years back, a minister friend of mine made this comment in a Preacher’s Meeting. He said, "I’m sure you all know by now that none of us can afford the luxury of having friends in the churches we serve. We must remain aloof in order to protect ourselves from all kinds of entanglements and dangers."


I can understand the problems he was talking about. There’s always the danger of forming exclusive cliques. (But that’s a danger we all need to be careful about --- not just the minister.) Sometimes in a church people can resent their Pastor having an especially close relationship with certain people. Maybe they feel like he’s "playing favorites."


But I don’t share that view. In fact, I think there’s a much greater danger when a Minister doesn’t have meaningful relationships in the church. Your ministers need friends in the congregation as much as anyone else … maybe more!

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