75 Days of Preparation for Ordination

After submitting our work for ordination in mid-January, I wrote 150 Days of Preparation for Ordination in which I listed some things I’d like to do in the months leading up to ordination in June.

I put the list together because I want to make the most of this time in our lives. The list was fairly intensive but I also stated that I didn’t want to overdo it because I knew I needed rest, too.

Well, with interviews behind us and now that we’ve reach the mid-point, I want to revise the list. It doesn’t look like I’m going to get to Wesley’s Sermons (I wanted to read them before interviews) or Wesley’s Journal before June. But here’s the revised list for the next 75 days …

Pray “Wesley’s Covenant Prayer” (most days)

Read John Wesley: A Preaching Life by Michael Pasquarello (in progress)

Read Reading Scripture as Wesleyans by Joel B. Green (in progress)

Read Why Jesus? by William Willimon

Review Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry by William Willimon (read it at Asbury; just noticed there’s also Pastor: A Reader for Ordained Ministry).

Well, I still have to guard against overdoing it because I am in a year-long mentoring group that’s reading a book a month. And I’m also working on a plan to develop the preaching gift (post forthcoming), which will include some reading. But these are some things I want to read in preparation for ordination.

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