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Back in the saddle…

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…well, not quite.

Monday I interview for a part-time Director of Middle School and Young Adults Ministry position at Catalina UMC. I really haven’t done any ministry since I was let go from my position in April of last year (holy cow – that’s almost a year ago now). I’m not sure what kept me from pursuing ministry. Initially I was really excited to do volunteer ministry, but it never really happened. The opportunities never quite presented themselves.  Honestly, I didn’t really pursue them either. Maybe I wasn’t ready. Maybe I needed a hiatus. Maybe I was being lazy.

What’s really important is that I’m excited about ministry again, and this position sounds really cool to me. First of all, it’s part time, which means I can still keep my current job, and give my weekends and evenings to ministry (I’ve been pretty bored lately anyway). Second, though it is a staff position, it won’t carry the title “pastor.” Those crazy Methodists are pretty strict about who gets ordained. In some ways, this is sad, because it sort of feels like a step down. On the other hand, I think I like it better. At Hope Chapel, I feel I was thrown into the deep end kind of quick (the whole, “Hey, you’re the new Associate Pastor!” after a year of being the part-time youth pastor). Then, after being thrown into the deep end, I was sort of just thrown away (or so it felt). It made me question what exactly was meant by the term “pastor” at Hope Chapel. Didn’t feel like it holds a lot of weight. I digress…

So I feel that the absence of the “pastor” title is actually a bit refreshing on some level. Lastly, I attended one of their services last Sunday, and was surprised by how much I enjoyed the more liturgical parts of the service. Normally I’m not crazy about liturgy because it feels fake, insincere. But they somehow managed to use the liturgy to aid in worship, rather than doing the liturgy for its own sake. They were sincere in their liturgizing. I really enjoyed it. We’ll see what happens. Pray for me!


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February 20, 2009 at 3:20 am

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Movie Reviews

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ember1City of Ember: Fantastic movie! Of course, my penchant for sci-fi helps in my rating, but I think it’s an all around great story, written well, good suspense and mystery (not to mention the movie snagged two big names: Bill Murray and Tim Robbins). It’s ultimately a kid’s movie – same target audience as ‘Holes’ – but also much like ‘Holes,’ it is completely enjoyable for adults.

Highly Recommended

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February 10, 2009 at 3:34 pm

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