If you have read my early blogs or know me from other media or in person you may be aware that I am an odd bird in the ministerial world. I am a Director of Educational Ministries in the PC(USA), but I also have my Master of Divinity. This is not a "typical" combination in the PC(USA) and leaves me in an odd place as far as respect, power, and place within the denomination. I came out of a evangelical tradition mainly because it's where I went to seminary, never having been well taught that my beliefs did not line up with the Baptist beliefs or many other evangelical traditions. So in my Intro to New Testament class when I mentioned that I thought the idea that believers baptism and profession of faith were far less than essential.
Thus it is through the study of my theology I came to the PC(USA) where I theologically fit nearly perfectly, but am an outsider in most other forms. As I continue to listen to others discuss and make decisions about the future of the church, it seems that many seem to think both denominations and the position of educator has no place in the future. With that in mind I wonder if I made the right decision coming where I am, but I wonder more about how others deal with the diverse factors we have to balance in the changing context of Church.
So how would you rank the following in order of their importance to where you feel you are able to serve (and/or are serving currently):
Major Theological Issues (i.e. Sacraments, Meaning of Life, Understanding of Redemption)
Social Issues (i.e. Equality, Issues of Life and Death, Politics)
Denominational Respect (i.e. Ordination Policies, Openness to New Forms of Ministry)
Position Issues (i.e. Location, Specializations)
History (i.e. What You Grew Up As, Where You Know Others)
Other Issues (Specify)
For me obviously the major one was Theological, but Denominational Respect and Social Issues also play into things. But I would like to know more about how others think, so please comment here, or send me a tweet at @KeepSetting or as KeepSetting on Facebook. How we see and work through the differences we may have in many of these areas is something we need to consider as we look at the potential of a post-denominational church, and I would like to see what others are thinking today about where they are and could maybe go.