My brother-in-law (the second guy in line) is supposed to find out shortly whether or not he will be getting placed at the Call service April 23 at CTS. This is because there are approximately 40 students (so I have heard) that are not getting Calls this Spring. Apparently there are more candidates than there are congregations to place them in. WHAT??? I thought we were in the midst of a huge pastor shortage–Hence the need for the SMPP (Specific Minister Pastor Program) passed this summer. See Priestmanship’s take on this.
So, here my dear bro-in-law has slaved away for four years, as have many others, with a wife and four children, and it may very well be that he could be without a Call next week. Ain’t that nice? Frustrating is the fact that one of the reasons for this is that many congregations, because they lack faith in the Holy Spirit and do not believe that the Word of God is the main thing in the Church, refuse to call a sem grad because they are unwilling to “risk” putting such an inexperienced person into a church position that requires a “much more experienced” person. Can you say: “Crock”? So, you have all these congregations that need pastors, but can’t bear the thought of having to give a pastor some growing room, and cannot bear to grow with him.