Standing In The Way Of Someone's Ordination
I have longed to have someone in my congregation become a minister. I've encouraged, but never pushed, a parishioner to consider ministry.
It is a great life and I love it, and I occasionally meet others who seem so well suited for the ministry.
I asked Andy, when he became unemployed for the second time in a year, "Have you wondered if God is calling you to something new and different -- such as the ministry?"
"I'd be destitute," he said.
I asked Brenda, who seemed to love the church and her work on the Session.
"I don't think so," she said in a way that made me wonder if she would burst into laughter as soon as I left the room.
Charlie came to me and told me he wanted to become a minister. He went to our Session and the elders approved him to be sponsored before the Presbytery. He went to the Committee on the Preparation for Ministry of our Presbytery, and he was received as an Inquirer. He entered seminary and is on his way toward ordination.
One thing stands in his way.
I never would have imagined.
I'm not that confrontational. I like to be the good guy in life. I hate the thought of standing in the way of someone's dream.
But the more I get to know Charlie, the more I wonder if he is mentally stable. His wife is a bitter and angry woman. They seem to cause conflict wherever they go. I've caught Charlie in several small lies.
Already elders are asking if we should resind our support.
One elder who supports Charlie has said, "We have his life in our hands."
I agree -- this is serious.
Whatever we do, we have his life in our hands.
But this man shows signs of being mentally unbalanced. His wife is bitterly angry about everything in his life.