Sex chat 2013 - Candidating for methodist ministers
Introduction Candidating at a church for a pastoral position is like going on a first date and then getting married. In a matter of weeks a candidate goes through the interview process and ends up as the pastor of a church. Virkler observes: “Probably a single sermon, or even a single day, is too short a time for a pastor or a congregation to interact enough to know whether their expectations of each other are compatible.” But, for most churches, this is the process — the only process.The key for seminarians and pastors in search of God’s call in a church is to be sensitive to the dynamics involved and to trust the Lord though it.Contact: Chair of the District A Connexion-wide ministerial review scheme operates for ordained and lay contributors.
The candidating process can be a significant spiritually maturing experience.
For the seminarian, there may be a “great gulf fixed” between the academy and the church.
Expectations exist on both sides, some of which are real, while others are imagined.
The sooner the seminarian comes to grips with the differences between people and books, the better.
Outlined below are some of the opportunities available to help presbyters and deacons to develop in their role as well as feel supported in their work.