What would you need to hear if you had not received a call to be a pastor?
Last week something very sad happened on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana and the campus of Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis, Missouri. Over thirty men who had gladly responded to the Lord’s call, “Who shall go for us?” saying, “Here am I, send me!” did not receive calls into the office of the holy ministry. Thirty men. Thirty men who had heard how much our Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod needs pastors. Thirty men who have been told how many are the vacant congregations in our Synod. Thirty men who heard how great and urgent is the immediate need of the church for laborers for the Lord’s harvest. Thirty men who spent many years being prepared to be the best possible pastors they could possibly be, receiving the finest training they could possibly receive. Thirty men who went through multiple moves, to seminary, out to vicarage, back to seminary, and they are ready to move again. They have known financial want. They have known difficulties and hardships, sacrificing much for the sake of the Ministry, and when the time came, there was not a single call to serve as a pastor, for them.
How would you feel? What would you want to hear? What would you need to hear? You would need to hear this: