This time I would like to ask you if you think it is all right when a pastor goes on a two-week trip around the country only with his girlfriend.
It takes so little to destroy a pastor’s reputation and his ability to minister the Word of God that taking a vacation with his girlfriend is virtually a death knell for his life as a pastor. The precautions I’ve suggested here are precarious at best and a lot has to do with the pastor’s relationship with the girlfriend when everyone can see them together. If they have a physical relationship, they should not go on the trip. If they like one another, but are obviously keeping their relationship in control and their reputation is stellar, then they might be able to go on the trip. I would generally say, don’t do it.