I had the privilege of doing one of the best confirmations yesterday.
I am developing a theme for ministry in the days ahead...that of commissioning. All members of the United Methodist Church ought to consider being commissioned to ministry, in whatever form best fits their local ministry.
Yesterday, I had a young man of 13 in my congregation as I preached from 2 Timothy 1:3-14 (more on that later this week). During the course of the sermon I had the chance to lay hands on him and confirm his call to ministry, allowing him the opportunity to share a little of his call with the congregation.
That, my friends, is what a Confirmation ought to be. It is the beginning of ministry for an individual. We will work on the Confirmation of all of our members in the weeks ahead.
I am excited for his future in ministry, and hope to pave a way that sets the tone for the church he will have a chance to lead.