Okay, so I took some liberty with the title. There is actually nothing about sex in this post, unless you want to compare the support of the Synod and both seminaries of SMPP to a fake orgasm. I’ll leave that up to the reader.
Here is a comment that I snagged from Esgetology concerning the so-called “desperate” need for the SMPP by a guy who serves on one of the district committees that interviews candidates for seminaries and also alternate routes to ordination. Read it and weep:
I serve on a district committee that interviews candidates for the respective seminaries, as well as the various alternative routes to ordination. Between the Ethnic Immigrant Institute, Hispanic Institute, DELTO, and Alternate Route, there are scores of future and current pastors who pursued ordination through the already existing channels and most, though not all, were from those types of rural or ethnic congregations which could not support a pastor. To date, however, every one of the SMP candidates we have interviewed are economically viable, middle class Caucasians from metropolitan areas who worship at large church growth congregations. They have been advised by their pastors to forgo the traditional route and come on staff with their churches as ordained pastors in one fashion or another. Pastoral shortage, I agree, is a chimera. SMP is an attempt to circumvent theological formation by those for whom theological reflection has no place in pastoral care, public worship, or private devotion.