The larger-than-life perception of pastors often belies their deeply human need for community, transparency and intimacy. Vital to the health of any pastor, minister, elder or priest are the abundance and vitality of their relational resources. Do they have close friends? Who leads their church alongside them—and is it working?
Managing Dating Teens in Youth Ministry
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When you work with teenagers, dating within the group is almost an inevitability. With a David Crowder slow jam worship song and the gentle hum of florescent lights, romance is in the air. In addition to the freely flowing hormones, ministries explore emotions and growing together, relationship development and personal sharing. Relationships within the ministry can feel like a distraction, a hindrance, even an insurmountable problem at times, but there are a few things we can do to safeguard the ministry from a negative fallout from teen dating and the teen breakups that follow. Pay attention. Josh and Kayley seem to be sitting next to each other more often, and are really enjoying the holding hands part of the squeeze prayer. They wear matching t-shirts and are planning matching tattoos.
Dating Within the Church
It may be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Indeed, it may be an impossible job to do in our own strength. I know. Before I was LifeWay's president or a seminary dean, I served as pastor of four churches. I have heard from countless pastors in countless churches.
Relationship Blog Views. Pastors are revered and expected to exhibit high moral values and virtues. But, what we forget is that aside from being pastors they are human beings just like anyone of us. Before getting married, pastors also enter into relationships, and the results can be good, bad, or ugly like any normal relationship. The only difference is that unlike any normal relationship, pastors keep their dating life secret until it finally ends in a marriage.