Regardless of how it happens, relationship-building needs to lead to friendship. In his book The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis wrote, “To the ancients, friendship seemed the happiest and most fully human of all loves; the crown of life and the school of virtue. The modern world, in comparison, ignores it.”
The two articles here are companion pieces to “Raising the pastor-church relationship bar” and “Tell the truth while the pulpit is empty,” both from CC’s November 24, 2014 issue. They are part of our ongoing discussion on church health, particularly between pastors and congregations.
One reader described the first articles as “extremely helpful” in “rapidly changing times.” He photocopied them for 50 members of his church, which anyone is welcome to do with CC material as long as attribution is given. Many of our articles are also available to share at christiancourier.ca.
– Angela Reitsma Bick, Editor
In my youth, pastors moved every five to six years. Their job descriptions were to preach, teach catechism and make pastoral visits. Today, pastors often stay in one church longer and their job descriptions include managing staff, casting vision and attending meetings. The Christian Reformed Church (CRC) of today is hardly recognizable from 50 years ago.
With these changing times come new blessings and new hazards.