This morning I'm sitting down to start answering the questions to become a commissioned member of the United Methodist Church. That means I can get an appointment in a church while I spend a couple years in probationary/residency status. Then I would be ordained a full elder in the United Methodist Church.
For those of you who've followed this blog since I began seminary, it's been a long journey! I'm sensing the importance of these questions as I discern what to write. I'm reminded of the seriousness and importance of helping people in their walk with God. I don't take this lightly and am honored to spend the next several months reflecting and writing on these issues...
My understanding of God
Humanity & grace
Kingdom of God, resurrection & eternal life
Nature & mission of the church
United Methodist polity
My gifts for ministry
Integrity & spiritual disciplines
Whew :) I'll be working on these until I go before the Pacific Northwest Conference in February in Seattle. Here goes...