If someone would have told me that relationships would become a lot more complicated when I started pastoring I would have shrugged them off as being cynical. Now I can see that they would have been right. Most pastors feel like it is a lose/lose situation. If they take on every new relationship they overextend themselves and their families and if they don’t they are labeled as being uncaring or unfriendly.
Pastor Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv has shared some insights for church members to consider when wanting to minister to or befriend their pastor. It’s good advice…even if your pastor isn’t me. You can read them here and here.