My Probationary Membership and Commissioning

This is part of a series of posts on my understanding of faith, ministry and the church. I would enjoy feedback and your response to my answers to these questions.

Question – How do you perceive yourself, your gifts, your motives, your role, and your commitment as a probationary member and commissioned in The United Methodist Church?

Response – My response begins:

I perceive myself as a probationary member and commissioned in The United Methodist Church as one who is optimistic about the ways that God is working in the world. I recognize that God is at work in The United Methodist Church in Kansas. As a probationary member, I perceive myself as becoming a part of and working toward the renewal of the Kansas Area of The United Methodist Church.

I perceive both gifts and areas of improvement for service as a probationary member and commissioned in The United Methodist Church. An area of improvement for me is experience in preaching at a weekly worship service. At my field setting in seminary I had the opportunity to preach every other month. I am comfortable with the responsibility of preaching and enjoy being in that role. I believe that there will be a natural growth in preaching ability when preaching on a weekly basis.

Discussion

  • How would you respond to this question?
  • Where do you agree with my response?
  • Where do you disagree with my response?