The Christian Noob (n00b)

born & raised Catholic, now going to a Presbyterian church & still learning

two years later: such a charlatan that I am or have simply become

Just for kicks, I got ordained as a Universal Life Church minister on-line in under a minute. Nonetheless my views on what it takes to become a pastor remain the same. A person must study the Bible in Greek and Hebrew at least, theology, how to pray and deliver a good sermon, how to be an ambassador of God on earth and so on.

Said the latter, I might never be a pastor. Most importantly, I don’t see myself using a title like “pastor” to get a tax break or other benefits. After all, I know that I might not be a shepherd (definition of the word “pastor”) of any flock after all (other than my boys). Further more, I don’t see myself pure enough to officiate a wedding or other “divine” functions.

In the end, getting ordained on-line under the jurisdiction of the ULC might be a blessing after all. I could use it to learn more about religion as a whole and perhaps be a better Christian.

“Ordination is the personal calling of an individual, by God, to enter into the ministry, usually in a church leadership role capacity. Because they say that God, and not any man or organization, directs people to go into ministry.”
http://www.themonastery.org/jcontent/training/5-ordination-training/255-legality-of-online-ordinations?template=themonastery

Ironically this ordination took place on the eve of me coming church — FAPC to be precise — for 104 weeks straight (two years). I know and understand that I might be an ordained minister (pastor) on paper as per the ULC, but I truly wish at times that I was a “real” pastor at a church like FAPC (a place I’ve learned to consider my spiritual home for the past two years).

In all, I’m still confused (my cheap excuse) and a total charlatan (the truth). Now I must do the best of this situation and the opportunity to serve God and be a better person too.

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