Well, I had my first interview with the District Committee on Ordained Ministry in the Mark Twain District of the Missouri United Methodist Conference (now THAT’S a mouthful to say, isn’t it?) this afternoon; it was basically a 45 minute question-and-answer session where the committee drilled me with questions like “Explain your call into the ministry” and “Where do you see yourself in the ministry in 5 years?” and “How does your family feel about your entering the ministry?”
After that session, I felt spiritually drained and very tired. But I prayed that the Holy Spirit would go before me and give me the words to say to these people…words that would allow them to see that I want to live my life for Christ and Him alone, and that Jesus is the focus of everything that I do in the ministry.
Afterwards, my pastor, Rev. Mike White (who also sits on the dCOM) and our DS, Rev. Bill Koch, said I did fine, and that I am being recommended for Local Licensing School as a certified candidate for ministry. Just another hoop I have to jump through in the ministerial process. 😦
All in all, it was a good day. Long, perhaps…but worth the time spent.