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On this episode of This vs. That, we dive into a fascinating conversation with Ryan Ross, the pastor at City Church in Melissa, Texas. In this episode, we explore the dynamic between a pastor as a friend versus a pastor as an authority. Ryan shares his insights and experiences in navigating these roles within his congregation. We discuss the importance of friendship in the church, the challenges of balancing authority and friendship, and the significance of maintaining healthy cross-gendered friendships within the body of Christ. Join us as we explore the complexities and joys of pastoral relationships.


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This vs. That is a podcast of Anchored Hope. Anchored Hope provides practical help to those hurting by anchoring their hope in Jesus and helping others gain a better understanding of his promises. We offer reputable, biblical counsel to those suffering or experiencing difficult seasons. Our counselors are highly trained and bring a vast experience in addressing the various issues of life. To meet with a counselor, visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and schedule an appointment today.

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