Here I Stand, Day 1
Figuring out exactly where to start a story can be hard.
My story doesn’t entirely have a clear starting point to begin with, so deciding where to start is even harder.
To paraphrase Martin Luther, here is where I stand, right now:
- For the past five summers, I worked at Lutherlyn, an ELCA Lutheran church camp North of Pittsburgh, PA. Being on camp staff helped me to become more comfortable sharing my faith, and made me understand the gifts I have that pertain to ministry.
- On February 11-13, 2011, I went to Project Connect’s Gathering for Pre-Seminary Young Adults at the suggestion of my campus Pastor, Chaplain Matthew Riegel. I’ll go into a bit more detail about this in a later post, but essentially, he suggested it as “How would you like an all expenses paid trip to Gettysburg?” without really elaborating on what it was. I knew it had to be something from Project Connect, but I figured it had something to do with campus ministry, rather than the seminary itself.
- This summer, thanks to a grant from Project Connect and some additional generous support from the congregation, I am doing what is called an immersion internship at Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. Project Connect gives approximately a dozen of these internship grants per year to allow students to follow a Pastor around for a summer or school year and learn about what Pastoral ministry actually involves. You’ll get to hear a lot more about this over the next few months as I work with Pastor Bennett at Saint Paul.
- I’ve somewhat officially began the ELCA candidacy process which is the process by which the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America “approves” candidates for ministry. I met with Reverend Sandy Kessinger, who is the assistant to the Bishop for Southwestern Pennsylvania synod. She explained the entire process to me, and helped me to get the ball rolling on the steps I need to take this summer.
- If all goes according to plan, and I do end up going to seminary, I will most likely enroll in Fall of 2012, either at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in Gettysburg, PA or the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC.