This is one of those posts that I might live to regret the next time my dCom meeting comes around.
Here is the truth, though. I’ve been preaching in a United Methodist Church since April 2007. This year, 2014, for the very first time, I had someone in supervision of my ministry ask me to articulate my understanding of Wesleyan theology.
My answer that day was a brief walk through of the four alls of Methodism:
- All need to be saved.
- All can be saved by the grace of Jesus Christ.
- All can know they are saved.
- All can be saved to the uttermost.
I made sure to work in specific reference to Jesus Christ, as I’ve heard rumors of candidates for ordination not bringing up his name during interviews. Those rumors were confirmed a few minutes later.
One of the people interviewing me told me later — in response to a question of mine about how to prepare for the Board of Ordained Ministry in coming years — that one problem the Board encounters from time to time is candidates who cannot articulate a clear sense of who Jesus is and why he matters.
This still surprises me even as I type the words. Candidates for ministry who cannot talk about Jesus?
So, as a service to both our Boards of Ordained Ministry and future candidates for ordination, I’d be interested in hearing stories like these. Where to candidates struggle? What questions did you as a candidate never get that you expected to have to answer?