“My heart overflows with noble words;
to the king I must speak the song I have made!”
What an amazing, exciting, and wonderfully grace-filled few days it’s been! I just got back from a candidacy retreat at my favorite place in the world — Camp Carol Joy Holling — and I can feel myself just bursting at the seams with gratitude and joy.
I got to meet many more members of the candidacy committee — the folks who walk alongside those who are considering a call to ministry and make the decision on whether they are a good fit for the role. I also met several other candidates further along in the journey, most at various stages of seminary. We heard several presentations around the inspiring theme of being “grounded in Grace,” talking about self-care and setting boundaries and sinking our roots deep into love. And I found myself fascinated just listening to the conversations going on around the table! To hear the ways that people talk about church and about evangelism and mission and stewardship and all of these different things was just totally enthralling to me. Continue reading