In my quest for ordination, I have answered a whole lot of questions that were given to me by the Board of Ordained Ministry, some of which I have posted here. I still have a bunch to do, although it seems like I've been working on them forever.
The questions have covered all the doctrines of the church pretty much, but I have sometimes wondered, "Now why in the world are they asking me that?" as I have answered a question here and there. And on the flipside, I find myself formulating questions that they SHOULD be asking candidates for ordination, in my humble opinion.
Here are some that would be fun to answer for the board:
- What is the best way to be in ministry with a person for whom Christian Orthodoxy is a stumbling block in their relationship wth Christ?
- What's more important, making sure someone accepts Jesus as Lord or making sure someone has food in their belly and a warm place to sleep?
- List the top seventeen reasons to affirm the separation of church and state.
- Construct a theologically grounded argument to counter the assertion, "But we have never done it that way before."
- Pick a controversial social issue and write an essay arguing for the opposite of your own perspective on the issue.
- What will the Church look like fifty years from now?
At the very least, they would generate some productive conversations at the interview sessions.
How about you? Anyone reading this have any ideas for a question that everyone being ordained a pastor in the United Methodist Church ought to be asked? I know there are some Missouri BOOM members who check my blog out every now and then - what do you REALLY want to ask us? ; )