|Publication Type||Web Article|
|Year of Publication||Submitted|
|Access Date||Jan 14, 2012|
DEGREES OF FRIENDSHIP
The type of relationship you can have with an individual depends upon the degree of friendship which has been established between you. Bill Gothard, in his Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts, has identified four "Levels of Friendship". They are (1) acquaintance, (2) casual friend, (3) close friend, and (4) intimate friend. Each level has its distinguishing characteristics. Each level has its accompanying responsibilities for the believer. At each level there are appropriate questions and conversational topics which can be followed. These will help you get to the point of having some kind of spiritual witness without being pushy or offensive or invading someone's privacy.
Although this article includes "witnessing", I refer to this article mainly as an example of different types of friendships.