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Former pastor too close?

'His presence is hurting our church'

Our pastor of three years is excellent. The former pastor, who was here 15 years, is kind, gentle, good-natured and well-liked. We were sad to see him go. But he went only 50 miles away and frequently socializes with our members. His presence is strong and hurts our church. Other pastors have mentioned this to him, but he claims it's the new pastor's problem. What is proper contact?

Were the Jesus' disciples baptized? What biblical reference is there?


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