Pastor Dan – Transcription:
“Thank you Jodi for that song about God’s grace. As we turn, and continue in the book of Acts, we are going to discover that for a church to function and stay together they’re going to need a little bit of grace.
You know, when I was age thirty, I thought that I had seen all that I really needed to see about the sort of the underbelly, or the inner workings of the church.
I was fortunate enough at age nineteen to get a job at a local church and so I had been serving the church for you know around eleven years by the time I turned thirty and I thought I had had seen all there really was to see about the church.
But then when I turned thirty, our denomination, our Presbytery came to me and they asked if I would be willing to serve as the chair of the Ministerial Committee in our Presbytery.
The ministerial committee’s primary task is to examine pastors, to screen them, to make sure that their theology and things were a good fit for the denomination, and you know to make sure that they really were supposed to be a pastor, etc.
Hopefully you guys can appreciate the fact that there’s a screening process, right?… and some of you thinking, “How did he get through all that?”…right?
But anyways I snuck through, and then eventually they let me be the chair of the committee that was examining other people.
And so, that was our primary task, but our secondary task was to handle any church conflict between the church and the pastor.
Now I bet you want to sort of imagine that that never happens, right? But it turns out it happened several times in our Presbytery while I was the chair of the Ministerial Committee.