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The best general policy to protect all concerned is for ministers to avoid close friendships and intimate relationships in the parish.
This means clergy need to attend to their personal needs outside the congregation even when this requires considerable effort.
Unfortunately, it can be even more challenging when you’re in vocational ministry.
As professional clergy, navigating the space between public and private isn’t always easy.
Seemingly every minute of each day is accounted for and we haven’t even sat down to prepare for Sunday’s sermon.