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Prayers: Ordination Interviews

You may remember this fall that I posted responses to disciplinary questions for ordination. Well, the big day has arrived: tomorrow I meet with the Board of Ordained Ministry for my interviews.

I will hopefully write about the experience more tomorrow night, but today I'll share with you a bit about the structure. We have 4 segments of interviews in my conference: Theology, Sacraments, Call to Ministry, and Practice of Ministry. We spend 45 minutes in each section, with 15 minutes between. There are two sets of interview teams, Group A and B, and six candidates for ordination, so each team will meet with three of the six candidates. We find out the recommendation of the board later in the evening - when I was up for commissioning it was a 6-hour wait. But I've since learned that some conferences have candidates wait a week or more for responses, so I guess I can't complain!

I ask for your prayers tomorrow, for me and for all the candidates. I feel more prepared and relaxed than I did three years ago, when I had no idea what to expect, but I still have that "butterflies in the stomach" sensation anyway...


Greg Hazelrig said…
May the Holy Spirit guide you today.

My time with the BOM is March 16-17. We will spend an evening in worship and then the next day will be the "Inqusition". We meet only with two groups. (1) Theology & (2) Practical Ministry -- Or at least that's what I've been told.
Anonymous said…
Beth, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I take great delight in reading your postings and sermons. Your writing indicates to me that you are blessed by the call of the Holy Spirit and the church. May God be with you. Chris
Andy B. said…
Hooray! I'm right there next year at this time. I'm a little late, but I'm praying for you nonetheless! God is with you.
- Andy B.
Unknown said…
I would be one of the ones who had to wait! I found out this last Tuesday that they have recommended me for ordination too! Congratulations!

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