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Friday the 13th of June, in the year of our Lord 2014, when the moon will be full, I will be entering a new decade. This realization has led me to introspection, a refreshing Old Fashion, and new dress shopping. On the more whimsical (and yet very honest) side of my reflection, I present to you 20 things I’ve learned about ministry in my 20s, Buzzfeed style.
- Sola gratia. I’m not playin’ ya’ll. It is all about the grace of Jesus.
- Friends who are also pastors, and are just as much into pop culture as you, are priceless.
- When it will be hard to sit still, you will find a source of strength in silent meditation.
- When you preach that big prophetic sermon, make sure you’re ready for the conversations afterward.
- Be you. Work hard to discover your voice in the pulpit and not a replica of someone else’s.
- Just dance. Especially to Lady Gaga whom you will remind everyone 20 times that she went to your church’s pre-school. #Shameless
- You have limitations.
- Sabbath. Not joking. Rest.
- Bon Jovi was right: you will be Livin’ on Prayer. That’s okay. This will get you out of your ego; God’s got you.
- A mentor, therapist, and spiritual director will be your bff.
- Love your congregation well. They will love you deeper into your call.
- I know this will be difficult, but you don’t have to say everything that comes in your head. Listen.
- The first time you preside at the Lord’s Table you will accidentally say “impotent” instead of “impenitent.” Think of this as a good story to blog about when you’re 30.
- You live between water and dirt, baptism and Ash Wednesday.
- People will start looking to you as the young, hip, progressive Reformed minister to speak for your tradition. Trust your training and keep studying. You love this stuff!
- Love. Including yourself when you make those mistakes.
- Ordination will be one of the most incredible days of your life.
- Your spouse and best friend will be the most amazing gift of solidarity and love.
- I can’t imagine doing anything else in the whole world. I love being a Minister of Word and Sacrament!
This is awesome! And so true.