Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Letting it all hang out

Self-disclosure and Christian ministry

I have been thinking a lot about self-disclosure lately. On Blogs, in sermons, in person, in groups or in one-to-one situations.

How much do you think is appropriate to expose/tell/disclose to other people about your life?

Preachers sometimes tell incredibly personal stories about their mistakes or experiences, including their sexual purity, how much money they earn or the issues they struggle with.

Additionally, some people tell very personal and intimate details of their lives to people they mentor.

As a person who has been burnt quite badly by some instances of self-disclosure ( both in the blogging world and in mentoring relationships) I’m a bit once-bitten twice shy.

What does everyone else think?