My good friend and esteemed youth pastor of our church, Brian Hough, passed his final ordination trials this past weekend. He will be ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America on January 6 despite the picture above which shows him after being slimed at this year's VBS (it's the only picture I have of Brian on my laptop).
Ordination as an elder in Christ's church ought to be a serious and solemn thing. I appreciate the process the PCA requires for men to be ordained. Brian has been preparing for this since he entered seminary over five years ago. Watching him finish the trials portion of his ordination brought back quite a few memories for me.
To be ordained in the PCA, the normal route includes an M.Div (over 100 graduate hours), one year ministerial internship, Greek and Hebrew, Licensure (which includes a written exam on English Bible, Westminster Confession/theology, and two oral exams on the same plus preaching a sermon to Presbytery), and ordination final exam (which includes a written exam on the Sacraments and Church History and two oral exams on the same). Most importantly, to be ordained you must have a call from a Church Session or congregation to be considered for ordination (that is, the people of God recognize a man as qualified to be an elder). All this to say, ordination is a serious endeavor that requires quite a few years of preparation and trial.
Brian did a great job. I forsee he will become a great Jedi...um...I mean...I can't wait to see how the Lord uses Brian for His Glory in His Church.