The Things They Don’t Tell You In Seminary, But They Should
An old pastor once said ‘have as many friends as you like, outside your congregation. Never make friends with congregants. Why? Because all friends have fights but when you’re a pastor and it’s a church friend the thing that always happens is the angry friend either leaves the church or forces you to. Love them all and be friendly to all but call them friends at your own peril.’
Over the years he’s been proven right more times than I can count.