This video on the United Methodist Ordination Process was yanked from the internets a while back due to the author’s feeling it was cynical. The author then found out that clergy and the bureaucracy had used the video in conversation…and the author reposted it (h/t UM Preacher’s Network)! Here it is in all its glory.
I’ll admit it is a bit cynical but it helps people to become aware that the issue isn’t the young person’s passion but rather the onerous process of ordination. If you are not aware of the process, it can be informative. If you are aware, it has its moments of humor.
- I did my candidacy in undergrad and it did shave off two years off the process.
- “If you want to be first, you have to start out last.” Ha!
- The slap at the District Superintendents at the end is not always true, but sending retiring DSes to retirement churches (not necessarily dying churches) has been common.