First off, we want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's. Abbie dressed up for the day in all red. She wears red a lot better than I do. I can't stand wearing red. When I was in Little League, we had red uniforms that I dreaded wearing. Just a random thought.
I met this afternoon with our District Committee on Ministry (DCOM). This once a year meeting is part of the Candidacy Process to become ordained in the Methodist Church. The meeting went really well. They liked my written work and the sermon I turned in. This committe generally is very affirming as candidates pursue their calling to ministry. Once I am done with seminary, I will appear several times before the Board of Ordained Ministries (BOOM). They tend to be a little more critical and really turn the screws on theological and social issues. The make-up of that committee will largely determine how hard they are on candidates.
At this point in my candidacy process, I know I am called to ministry. I know I am supposed to be in seminary. What I don't know is if I am to focus on youth/young adult ministry or go into the 'whole church' ministry of being a senior pastor/ordained elder. Honestly, I like the idea of becoming fully ordained as an elder. What scares me is being put in a small country church where I am unable to fully spread my wings and develop ministries that I am passionate about. That may be my biggest hang-up about this whole process (that and the fact that it will take me close to 7 years to become ordained.)
Overall, it was a good meeting. Now I have to get through the Comedy Club event and youth rally that I am running this weekend. Once I get through that, I will be able to focus more fully on family and school.