Ordination: The Meaning of Ordination

The Meaning of Ordination

I see ordination as a representation of God’s leading in my life and a clear call that I think has been there all along, that just took me a long time and a lot of winding roads to discover and finally respond to.

I think it will enhance my pastoral ministry by continuing to boost my confidence in the affirmation of ministry gifts, and a sweet resolution to a long journey.

I would say the same thing to someone who might have doubts about or question my ordination as a woman.

I recognize that traditions are a part of who we are and change is hard. What I find truly amazing about the God who calls each of us to partner in different ways in God’s work in the works is this:

a person who does not support the ordination of women to ministry -especially pulpit ministry- and I can agree to disagree and still be brothers and sisters bonded by a love that would not exist without God’s grace.

We can differ in values and be equally welcome at the table of The Lord, we can each hold to our traditions, pray for each other and partner with Hod in different ways.

Thanks be to God for that, and may it be so in the ways we treat each other while the dialogue is still going on.

I see my upcoming ordination as representative of a call I have felt and responded to, and it’s a way for me to recognize for myself and proclaim to others that my life isn’t my own, and that I have chosen to dedicate myself to God’s service through ministry.

My ordination journey has become something that I treasure and hold very dear – though at times it has been excruciatingly frustrating, painful and emotionally exhausting.

There’s an extensive emotional toll that entering into 3 ordination processes in about as many years takes on a person – and the circumstances surrounding that, especially Gwen’s death has made it all the more difficult.

But, also treasured because though Gwen is not here to share this with me, her influence is all around me, when I get to preach, when I meet with Pam for coffee, when I sing a favorite hymn in church.

She was the first one to recognize pastoral gifts beyond chaplaincy in me, and I think it’s fitting to kind of solidify my first pastoral placement in this way.

I grew up in a tradition that does not technically ordain anyone – male or female, though my dad is an ordained minister and many mainline Churches of Christ ordain their ministers in a less formal process.

I was very close with my grandfather and he will not be able to be there on Sunday, obviously, and my gran doesn’t really travel well.

To have the opportunity to be ordained to ministry by a congregation of what I consider surrogate grandparents to some extent means so much to me.

It’s a great gift to be preparing for ordination with a congregation full of people I went to seminary to learn how to serve- having at just about every turn been served by them instead.


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