I really enjoyed this piece. I have a friend and former co-worker that went into ministry years after we first met. One of the things he appreciated the most is that I never treated him differently. We go out for drinks (discreetly of course), we talk about problems, we help each other…. ..just like we did his pre-clergy days. It’s been difficult for him after some of his friends abandoned him. Genuine, normal friendships are important and invaluable for clergy.

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