Are YOU a pastor at risk? Do you know the warning signs?
Below are some thought-provoking questions for you to consider:
1. Do you, as a pastor, look forward to a session with
a particular counselee more than others? Why?
2. Do you fantasize about a given counselee asking “what
if” questions about her availability?
3. Do you meet with a certain counselee at other than
regularly scheduled times? In unusual places?
4. Do you end your sessions on time or do you give some
counselees more time? Or do you make your appointments “open-ended”? Beginning and
ending times, scrupulously adhered to, are highly recommended.
5. Do you share your counseling or visitation schedule
with your wife and/or secretary (of course not breaking appropriate confidences)? If others know
where you are and when, and why, they can more easily hold you accountable. Accountability is
ALWAYS a good thing.
God has called you to be a standard bearer to His people and now He is
calling you to give glory and honor to Him. If you have fallen, or if you
are tempeted to go astray, then ask God to give you His
grace to remain true to Him.