Tuesday, September 22, 2009
A Window in the Minister’s Office Door?
Should the minister’s office door have a window or not?
Those in favor of windows claim that clergy are vulnerable to allegations of improper conduct behind closed doors, sometimes made by unstable parishioners. Once an accusation has been made, whether valid or not, it’s impossible to put that genie back in the bottle.
Those in favor of no windows suggest that parishioners in need of counseling desire privacy, and may not wish it known they are seeing the minister.
There’s no right or wrong answer to this question, but the subject does warrant discussion. Clergy and lay leaders will need to make their own judgment call on this one.