The posts and comments raise again – for me at least – questions about our theology of calling.
Of course, I am a bad commentator on these questions. I am a licensed local pastor. I am bi-vocational. I pastor a church with fewer members than a high school algebra class. What standing do I have to speak of ordination and the tussles over the ministry of the elder?
All can I offer are my observations.
We seem to struggle quite a bit in balancing our theology of calling between the sense of “my” – emphasis on the personal aspects of that – calling and the church’s role. Careerism seems to creep into the process from the first step and bureaucracy and institutional preservation looms over it as well.
Do we have a theology of calling?