Dating your preacher

However, it involves ending the ministerial relationship with integrity and beginning again on an equal footing as friends or even sexual partners.

Some couples and parishes have addressed some of the problems intuitively in the past.

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We regularly evaluate what I’m doing in the church to ensure that it’s best for our family.

I let my spiritual gifting direct many of my choices.

Congregations should ensure that their minister has a fair workload and time for social contacts and personal relationships outside the work place.

"As a male pastor I now realise how important it is for me to get my personal needs met outside my work.

"When John and I decided to marry 15 years ago my father was aware that I was at a disadvantage when John our minister proposed to me.

We both thought it was a bit of a giggle when dad said he wanted to counsel us about a 'new basis of relationship'. The following letter is from my current pastor’s wife, Holly. I hope it will help you as you seek to support, love, and respect your pastor and his wife as they shoulder the responsibilities and burdens of shepherding the church daily. But, I did have fun asking several current and former pastors’ wives to share their words of wisdom with me—just in case God has this in store for me.I have sometimes found myself side-tracked with worries that I wasn’t meeting people’s expectations. I find much peace in going back to Scripture and reminding myself that my real acceptance and security rest in Christ’s grace, not my performance.When we were interviewed before coming to our current church, we clarified what my role and level of involvement within the church would look like.It turned out to be very helpful and I actually asked for more time to consider John's proposal.

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