“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a workman who has no need to be ashamed,
rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
The verse above comes in Paul’s letter to Timothy talking about God’s call to ministry. I’ve always enjoyed the words that were shared by Paul as mentor to the young man, Timothy. There are instructions and suggestions that he shares. And Paul is very honest that he hasn’t been perfect in his own life and ministry, but that he strives to do his best.
So, I’ve been thinking about my own call to ministry this year. We celebrated the 30th anniversary of my Ordination last June. And I thank you for the love that you shared with me. Now, we have the opportunity to share in the process of examination and ordination with our own Mark Dibelka.
One of the things I appreciate about the United Church of Christ is that we honor ministry of all believers. But in setting some persons apart for particular ministries, we all have the chance to “vote.”
On April 12, at 3:00 in our chapel, we will meet with other brothers and sisters from our Association to examine Mark and help decide on his fitness for Ordination. Mark will present some of his theology and his understanding of pastoral ministry. Then there will be the chance for those of us who gather to ask questions concerning his understanding of Sacramental life of the church.
We get to have a say! You are welcome to attend this Ecclesiastical Council. Your thoughts about this are important. And, as our own church Moderator has said, “If you don’t vote, don’t complain.” Come to support Mark and hear his views on ministry. Come, be the church!