This is the time of year when we invite people to live into their gifts of ministry as we prepare to launch our fall programs. Truth be told, it can be daunting to match people's specific talents with the specific needs of the church, however we do this because it gives people a chance to embrace their call to discipleship. With that call comes mystery, wonder and the realization that God calls and prepares imperfect people to live and share the good news of the gospel with the world. It is through prayer and trust that we train, equip and prepare people to teach, lead and serve.
This wonderful letter in Greg Ogden's book Transforming Discipleship helps put things in perspective.
Thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you have picked for management for your new organization. All of them have now taken our battery of tests; we have not only run the results through our computer but also arranged personal interviews for each of them with our psychologist and vocational aptitude consultant.
It is the staff opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. They do not have the team concept. We would recommend that you continue your search for persons of experience in managerial ability and proven capability.
Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper. Andrew has absolutely no qualities of leadership. The two brothers, James and John, sons of Zebedee, place personal interest above company loyalty. Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would tend to undermine morale.
We feel it is our duty to tell you that Matthew has been blacklisted by the the greater Jerusalem better business bureau. James, the son of Alphaeus and Thaddeus define fly have radical leanings, and both registered a high score on the manic depressive scale.
One of the candidates, however shows great potential, he is a man of ability and resourcefulness, meets people well, has a keen business mind and has contacts in high places, he is highly motivated, ambitious and responsible. We recommend Judas Iscariot as your controller, and right hand man. All of the other profiles are self explanatory.
We wish you every success in your new venture.
Jordan Management Consultants
Rev. Kirsty DePree is an associate minister at Marble Collegiate Church (RCA) in New York, New York.