Religion: Etiquette

Should I offer a prayer during a pastoral call? May I advertise my sermons? Should I visit female parishioners alone? How should I dress for a church picnic?

For 22 years many a Protestant pastor has kept himself Emily-posted on such clerical fine points through the pages of the Rev. Nolan B. Harmon's Ministerial Ethics and Etiquette. This week Methodist Harmon brought out his book in a new, revised edition (Abingdon-Cokesbury; $2.50). Some highlights:

On Getting a New Parish. "Ministers shrink from being drawn into a contest with each other for a vacant place, and preserve self-respect better by refusing to strive with...

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