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  • The Rev. Timothy Cargal, Ph.D., serves as the Interim Associate for Preparation for Ministry/Exams in the PC(USA)’s Office of Vocation.

    “... the Land that I Will Show You” is the blog of the of the Office of Preparation for Ministry/Examinations of the Presbyterian Church (USA). This blog is designed to serve as a resource for those discerning and preparing for a call to the ministry of Word and Sacrament as ordained teaching elders of the church. It will also provide a place for reflecting on and dialoging about the changing context of pastoral ministry in the early 21st century.

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Samson Tso

It does make us look bad, or there's something wrong with us, that we cannot find a call, or churches that are willing to take a chance with us....for whatever reasons.

I think the problems rest not on the candidates but on the state of the church (at large and particular). Many candidates have great ideas and vision to help rebuild, revitalize, transform the church, but are the churches (or the existing organization structure) ready for them and willing to take a chance with them?

I think many churches are in such dire and dysfunctional state (financially as well as spiritually) that they need a "Savior" type pastor who can fix ALL the problems that have developed over the years. Someone who can be a jack-of-all-trades. Reading some the CIF's is like a "wish-list" of what an "ideal" pastor that they're looking for. If they're looking for their "perfect" pastor, they will never find one. Just as no church is perfect, no pastor is perfect either. Churches don't need an "ideal" Savior-type pastor, they need to seek the true Savior who can transform them, challenge them, and take them into the promised land.

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