On Saturday May 14 I had the privilege of having the oral portion of my ordination. My Sending Church, Placerita Bible Church, elders questioned my knowledge of the Bible, Systematic Theology, and Practical Theology for an hour and a half. One of my seminary professors, Dr. Barrick was responsible for testing my knowledge of the Bible, understanding and articulation of biblical facts regarding the content found in the 66 books of the bible. Our senior pastor, Dr. Tyson was responsible for testing my knowledge of Systematic Theology, what the whole bible teach about a given topic. Pastor Severance was responsible for testing my knowledge of Practical Theology, the application of biblical truths to someones life. I appreciate all of these men and their impact on my life.
Dr. Barrick, Me, Dr. Tyson, Pastor Severence
Not only were these three elders present to grill me with questions but there were others present to watch me sweat and answer. Many of these men have knowingly or unknowingly helped me study for this ordination over the years through talking with me over various biblical/theological ideas or questions. Thank you for everyone who attended my ordination.
All in Attendance
It was not a surprise that I didn’t know every answer. I was actually encouraged that I understood and was able to answer the majority of the questions. But I had expected to not be able to answer some of the questions and actually practiced saying “I don’t know.” While I did pass my ordination my elders wanted to encourage me to continue to study and know the scriptures and their practical application better. Part of their encouragement was to give me “homework”specifically regarding some of the questions that I did not know well enough. Looking forward to having a better answer to these questions in the future.