“What is the most important quality for a minister to have?”
“That’s easy,” said the candidate for ordination, “bravery.”
The chair of the interviewing committee was taken aback. “Bravery?” she asked. “Why is bravery important? What about faith? What about hope? What about love?”
“Well,” said the candidate, “I think faith is a kind of bravery. I think hope is a kind of courage. And, I think love – real love – requires an incredible amount of fortitude.
“I see,” said the chair of the interview committee icily.
There was an awkward pause. The candidate faltered, and then found the nerve to blurt out, “For example, it requires a lot of bravery for me to even be here.”
The committee chair was not convinced. “Perhaps,” she sniffed disdainfully, “but at your next interview you are going to have to come up with something better than bravery.”
Years later, I still remember that interview. Years later, I wonder if the candidate was correct. I wonder if we underestimate the importance of bravery in our church. Certainly over the past two years, the brave front that we have had to present to our family and friends in the face of uncertainty has required an incredible amount of courage.
It has been a while since Horseshoe Falls Regional Council has met. As your President, I look forward to the upcoming meeting of Horseshoe Falls Regional Council. We are going to boldly and bravely talk about the Christian virtue of fortitude and its place in the life of the church. Please join us the evening of October 14th, the morning of October 16th on Zoom, and Sunday 17 October at 3pm for a long-overdue celebration of new ministry for our sister-in-Christ Janice Pow.
Be Bold. Be Brave. Register!
~ Pastor Robert Lawson
President, Horseshoe Falls Regional Council