Monday, August 29, 2011
Monday Extra -- Dating in the Parish
But as we began to tell the truth about clergy sexual misconduct and hold pastors accountable for their actions in the congregation, the "rules" for social contact with parishioners tightened, at least in theory. We can probably all agree that the pastor who introduced a new love to the congregation while the pastor's current spouse was sitting there, too, crossed a line.
Yet many of us know pastors, and we have ring members, who came single to a church and met a future spouse in the congregation. And where else do unmarried pastors, whether male or female, have the opportunity to meet people?
What does your denomination expect? Do new pastors receive clear guidance regarding social boundaries? And what did you learn in seminary? Please share your thoughts in the comments, and if you decide to write your own blog post, be sure to link to it.