“Pastors should never be friends with members of their own congregation.” More than one of my professors in both my undergrad theology classes and my mDiv graduate classes offered this advice. As a young person I didn’t understand where they were coming from. I’ve always been a take me as I am kind of person. I have never liked being fake or inauthentic.
I feel the weight of responsibility on my shoulders as a pastor. I have never had a single day where I had no task or no pressing matter to attend to. The list of tasks I should be doing are very long. The list of expectations from members are too numerous to mention. The hours in the day too short.