I then was surprised to discover that even though the majority of adult Americans are single (52 percent), that only 2 percent of senior pastors in my denomination are single! Why were so many churches "requiring" a pastor to be married? Unfortunately, it can be even more challenging when you’re in vocational ministry.As professional clergy, navigating the space between public and private isn’t always easy.Often times, parishioners feel they have a right to access you at any time.It would be foolish, however, to preserve the dating practices of an earlier era, even as an attempt to avoid these dangers. Like work, house construction, and child-rearing, dating is a cultural practice that humans reinvent and adapt to different ...For instance, I'd never recommend that a modern woman do as I did.
I'm ordained, 37, single (never married), with experience pastoring in large churches.
You might be there for five to eight years before you really know the local language well enough to really converse and build a meaningful community.
For a lot of missionaries it's difficult, in general, to have close connections. Claire."They don't have a spouse and they don't have hope of finding one overseas, so they return," he commented. Claire added that his team developed the site because no other dating website caters to missionaries."If they use E-Harmony, or one of those sites, probably 95 percent of the people that they get matched with will have no interest in relocating to a foreign country," he explained.
John Piper is founder and teacher of desiring and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.
For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.