Relationships: Clergy and Congregation

by Tim Shapiro.

This article briefly highlights the signs of a healthy and productive relationship between clergy and congregants.


Assists to define "affection" in the church; Advocates for connection and caring relationships between clergy and congregation; denotes positive dynamics between clergy and congregation, including mutual respect, trust, and appreciation.

Best For

Any congregation



Suggested Uses

  • Use as a conversation starter for a personnel committee.
  • Assist church boards with evaluating the relationship between pastor and congregation, which is different than assessment of performance.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim is president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – of which the CRG is a program. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation Learns.

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