Clergy as friends? An ongoing debate about friendships within a church

Several months ago, an article by M. Craig Barnes in The Christian Century caused a stir when he asserted that it is impossible for pastors to befriend parishioners.  Letters to the editor followed and gave Barnes mixed reviews. In the article, Barnes argued that pastors, set apart in ministry and called to lead the church, cannotContinue reading “Clergy as friends? An ongoing debate about friendships within a church”