Dating a preacher
There is a very legitimate fear that the relationship could go wrong and cause irreparable damage to the minister's "follow-ability." To some it could seem that the minister is putting their own desires before their responsibility for the good of the congregation.
Yes, it is a very sensitive issue that will demand much from the minister, but here is another perspective.
" "Look other places for a suitable mate, for the sake of the church don't date someone in the congregation." or at least if you are about to start dating someone in the church encourage them to change churches so the possible damage or gossip will be lessened. There are many risks to dating someone in your congregation.
It could cause problems for those who can't handle the fact that the pastor has a personal life and has feelings for someone of the opposite gender.
The minister gradually becomes more and more interested in this person.
Imagine this: The minister has been in the congregation for a while.
During these months or years the minister has become aware of another single adult, of the opposite gender, in the congregation.
The minister's reputation would be damaged and would become a stumbling block to the congregation.
What about the gossip and if the relationship gets messy?!