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Making Ministry with Friends

Recently, Craig Barnes wrote a provocative essay questioning whether a pastor should have friends in the church where she or he serves. I have a great deal of respect for Barnes, but disagree with him. Here is my rationale for both respecting boundaries with parishioners and cultivating a healthy sense of friendship. My thoughts can be found here at the blog for The Presbyterian Leader.


About Andrew Taylor-Troutman

I am a pastor and a preacher, a writer, a husband and a father. My professional and personal lives are deeply involved with story-telling: stories that are silly and poignant or profound and commonplace. Stories that are tear-jerkers and belly-shakers. Stories about my son, Sam, and the congregation I serve, New Dublin Presbyterian Church. Each in its own way, these personal narratives shed light on the great story that God is writing with humankind and all of creation.


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