To Be or Not To Be
It would seem I have two options for becoming a pastor:
- The Traditional Route: Go to school at St. Catherine’s and finish in 6 more years. It involves taking classes at my current pace. That means a 3-6 hours/week for driving, 6 for class and about 10 for homework. That’s 19-22 hours/week, roughly 35 weeks/year.
- Specific Ministry Plan: I join a startup program that looks to ordain pastors for specific ministries. It’s not the same as a full ordination, but leads to full with additional time on the end. There would be 5 classes/year for 4 years taken online with more flexible hours, plus 4 classes at the St. Louis Seminary in a one-week, intense fashion. Homework and class time should be about the same, but there’s essentially no driving. After those first 4 years, I could continue towards full ordination, which would take another 2 years with a similar schedule. At least, that’s what they are saying now. It could be that by the time I finish the program, its up to 3 years to finish the M.Div. We have no way of knowing for certain now what that time commitment will be or what it will look like.
I was hoping there was still something in the 3-4 year range for full ordination, but I guess not. Now I need to decide if it’s something I want to (and can) pursue and if the church wants to go for it as well.