There was only one thing he expected in return for all of this service—he wanted to be my friend.
When the time came for me to leave the church, Jack was devastated.
All personal and professional conduct is bounded by law and legal sanction.
Caring for one another is the responsibility of the whole Church and is an extension of the justice and love of the Incarnate God disclosed in Jesus Christ. The clergy should enable other members of the worshipping community to share in this pastoral care, ensuring that they are recruited safely, and have the appropriate training and supervision for the tasks involved, including current training in safeguarding in accordance with the guidance issued by the House of Bishops.
(See also 2.9) Clergy should seek to ensure that churchwardens, PCCs and the wider congregation understand their responsibilities and roles in making every church a safe place for all.
In the UK, the church landscape is largely characterised by small churches that have little regular contact with other Christian communities, so people just aren’t getting the opportunities to meet potential partners.
Added to that, many single Christians have given up on church altogether as they feel alienated from it.
Is it acceptable for a Christian to search for a partner online? Much as we’d like to imagine people are able to meet their future spouses in church, for most people today, that just isn’t happening.
Statistics are hard to come by in the UK, but in the US, the percentage of people who met their husband or wife in church has dropped from 15% in 1940 to less than 2% today.Thus nothing in these Guidelines should be read as suggesting that clergy stand outside the rule of criminal or civil law.Indeed, any concern about possible criminal behaviour, and in particular any information about abuse or risk of abuse will be reported by the Church authorities to the police."The Church is the Body of Christ, the people of God and the dwelling-place of the Holy Spirit.In baptism the whole Church is summoned to witness to God's love and to work for the coming of his kingdom.""Priests are ordained to lead God's people in the offering of praise and the proclamation of the gospel.The professional literature supports this call to maintain a distinction between relationships of mutuality and those of service as a pastor. But there’s a math problem—there isn’t enough time left over after serving the church to have healthy friendships. I suppose I could have pulled back from the church and tried to meet more people through the PTA, the Little League, a political party or the volunteer fire department.