And so it begins!
After studying, thinking and praying, I decided that I would pursue ordination through the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In this blog, I will reflect on my journey.
The In-Care committee at Hope Church, and, the regional board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will support me in this journey. Together, we have set up some goals for my ordination path. As I write this blog, I will offer updates on my goals and my progress. I will reflect on my discernment and future hopes for my ministry.
Here are the goals I will work towards throughout my ordination:
*Submit learning objectives and goals for ordination journey to the In Care Committee at Hope Church
*Read all required books:
–A Manual for Today’s Disciples (Cummins)
–The Faith We Affirm (Osborne)
–Joined in Discipleship (Toulouse)
– Baptism: Embodiment of the Gospel (Williamson)
– Yearbook for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
– The Design for the Christian Church (Chalice Press, in Yearbook)
– Annual Planning Guide and Calendar of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
– Annual Mission Prayer Calendar
* Complete a psychological evaluation to meet ordination requirements and submit the results of this evaluation to the regional committee
*Become a strong participant or leader in the WAAM Group at Hope
*Become a strong participant or leader in the Welcome Wagon at Hope
*Attend the Tennessee DoC Regional Assembly in the fall of 2010
*Attend the Northeast DoC Regional Assembly in the fall of 2010
*Complete at least 3 Spiritual Direction sessions, perhaps one with Andrew
*Maintain ordination updates on this blog for In Care Committee at Hope
*Build a relationship with my assigned mentor through the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
*Co-lead and co-facilitate a service with Andrew at Hope Church regarding sustainability
*Keep up with monthly meetings for the In-Care student support group
*Meet with the Hope Church In Care Committee quarterly
My tasks are manageable and exciting. The path to my ordination has been rich and challenging already. I look forward to the next year!