Many conference sexual ethics policies are simply silent about clergy dating. district superintendents, GCSRW learned that 29% believe “it is morally OK for a single pastor to date one of his/her parishioners.” It is clear that the persons receiving, investigating and, in many cases, resolving sexual misconduct complaints are not of one mind on this issue.Clearly, a zero-tolerance policy does not reflect current attitudes of clergy and Cabinet members. The United Methodist Church must engage in a frank discussion about the morality of clergy dating within the parish. Since 1996, the denomination’s has identified the situation of a pastor engaging “in sexual contact or sexualized behavior with a congregant” as sexual abuse (“Sexual Misconduct within Ministerial Relationships,” The Book of Resolutions 2008, pp. Our understanding of appropriate boundaries in ministry has changed dramatically in the past 25 years. United Methodist clergy believe “it is morally OK for a single pastor to date one of his/her parishioners,” according to a survey of more than 1,200 clergy conducted by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women during the past two years.
She’s a gift and I very much look forward to working with her."“I’m still getting to know them and they’re still getting to know me but I sense that there’s a lot of life here in this church and I’m excited to see where we’ll go together in the years to come,” O’Hern said.
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“I thought I was going to be a teacher, so I studied childhood and special education in undergrad," she said, "but when I finished my undergraduate degree I ended up applying for a youth ministry job at a church and not getting (it).
Both collections of Missouri information (at Central Methodist University Library and the historical MO East collection at the State Historical Society in Columbia, Missouri) were inventoried.
That information is searchable via the web at the General Commission Website.