Friday, November 26, 2004

A little more on issues...

Working through this recent question about "hot topic" theological issues has made me aware of the level of discernment required for candidacy, and I must say I am surprised at this.

Since my denomination-- the Presbyterian Church in America-- holds to a fairly high confessional standard, I never would have guessed that theological discernment would be a major concern in the candidacy process. I always knew there would be issues of practical/logistical matters which would require careful discernment, such as ministry emphasis, worship style, approaches to evangelism, etc. (Please don't misread this sentence as a suggestion that I don't view the more abstract theological issues as practical-- I do.) But I didn't think I would be faced with a need for caution in the theological realm.

I guess I was wrong on that one...

2 comments:

Chris said...

Ed,

Off topic comment...

I've finished the Pastoral Candidacy Survey and want to know who I should e-mail it to. I didn't see an e-mail address here on your blog, so I'll need your address if you want me to zip it off to you. Otherwise I can send it to Dr. Douglass if you'd like.

Please e-mail a response to me, as I might forget to check back here for a few days.

Chris Smith
ctsmith53@sbcglobal.net

Ed said...

Hi Chris-- Thanks for your message. I have received your survey, and I appreciate your participation.