Today this book will be my best friend. That’s because today I am appearing before the North Texas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry to be interviewed for commissioning as a Provisional Elder. I am in the midst of my ordination journey, and one of the biggest steps is becoming commissioned. To be commissioned there are many steps including writing about 50 pages worth of theological, ministerial and biographical paperwork as well as a two-hour oral examination. I submitted all of my paperwork two months ago, and today at 1:30pm I will begin the oral interview. I have spent months preparing for this interview, so I’m not too worried, but I will certainly appreciate your prayers today!
The process to become an ordained clergyperson in full connection is a fairly difficult thing to do in The United Methodist Church. While I will be thankful when this interview is over, I’m glad that this is difficult. Anything worth doing is usually difficult. I am so thankful that Christ has called me to this ministry and I am honored to have the opportunity to be in ministry with all of you fine people. I couldn’t have asked for a better first appointment.
Since we are in ministry together, I’d love for you to get a glimpse of the sorts of things I will be discussing today. So here are some of the questions for you to ponder on this lovely Tuesday:
- Describe your personal experience of God and the understanding of God you derive from biblical, theological and historical sources.
- What is your understanding of evil as it exists in the world?
- What is your understanding of humanity, and the human need for divine grace?
- How do you interpret the statement Jesus Christ is Lord?
- What is your conception of the activity of the Holy Spirit in personal faith, in the community of believers, and in responsible living in the world?
- What is your understanding of the kingdom of God; the Resurrection; eternal life?
- Describe your understanding of an inclusive church and ministry.
- What is the United Methodist understanding of the Wesleyan process of salvation?
These are just some of the many questions that I’ll be dealing with today, but I believe that these questions are not only for clergy to discuss. I believe we are all called to answer these questions together as a family of faith. So I urge you to read over these questions and ask yourself, what do I believe?
Please keep me in your prayers today and have a wonderful week my friends,