The Rev. Bronwyn Corlett, Program Coordinator for Ministry Recruitment, shares her reflections on those in ministry.
I have met serious ministers and funny ministers; ministers who arrive early and overprepared for every meeting; ministers who arrive late with a disorganized bundle of papers. I have seen ministers preach with a seeming relaxed ease and ministers who have fumbled anxiously through their notes, both actively sharing the Word of God. I have seen ministers put their own problems and pains on hold so they might hold someone else’s problems and pains for a little while.
My favourite question to ask a minister is “How did you get into ministry?” Nine times out of ten they will reply, “Well, I didn’t go into ministry in the usual way. I avoided my call until I couldn’t avoid it any longer.” Nine times out of ten, they will tell you they do it for the love of God and the love of people.
Thank you to our ministers. Thank you for the sermons, the prayers, and the visits. Thank you for the laughter and the tears and the times you leave your own families to sit with someone else’s. Thank you for your leadership and your late nights and your theological reflection. Thank you for answering God’s call. Thank you for living out that call in The United Church of Canada.
We give thanks for Mission & Service, which helps support theological schools and education centres that provide training and continuing education for our ministers. Mission & Service also provides support through discernment and settlement processes through Conference leadership.
Please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith.