(This is part of the What We Wish We Knew Before Our First Ordained Call series.)
My colleagues in blogdom are writing about things they wish they knew in their first calls. Having not experienced a first pastoral call, I chose another topic: seminary and the ordination process (dramatic music here).
1. I wish I knew that there was a fair amount of paperwork for each step of the process. Sometimes tracking everything down and getting it into the right hands feels like herding cats.
2. I wish I knew that seminary study and ordination steps are two completely different processes, and that I would need to stay on top of both in order to seek a call upon graduation. This isn’t the case in all denominations, and I think the PC(USA) would benefit from an evaluation of that relationship.