Having said what I did in the post below, I am still concerned about becoming a candidate for the Sydney Diocese. A few of those reasons are;
1) Spending 4 years full time at college.
This seems a long time, and I fear that I will become too comfortable in Christian community and care more about reading books than interacting with people, especially non-Christians. I will care more about talking the doctrine rather than living and promoting the glorious doctrines of the Christian faith. I can actually see it happening already. I know I need to be patient, but I'm not sure if I see the 4 years as incredibly necessary
2) 3 years as an assistant
It's not that I don't want to be an assistant. I think I am actually more of a no. 2 guy. My gift is not as 'king' as Driscoll put it (I'm not an organiser or planner, basically). My fear is that I will be 2ic to someone I don't respect and will not learn anything positive from, only how not to do things. I want to sit under someone who I know I truly respect and can be committed to their leadership, who is innovative and actively seeking to grow the church and get into the community.
3) I will become lazy
Man, the coin for a Sydney candidate is sweet. It's like an 80, 000 a year package . I don't want to become the minister who only preaches on Sundays, does weddings and funerals, and makes sure everyone in his congregation is happy and enjoys a comfy lifestyle with no sense of urgency or hardship for the gospel.
I know all these things don't happen because you join an institution. I'm sure wherever you are you could have a bad attitude, or not have a good leader. It will most often come down to your character. But it seems to me you will not always be challenged, and the temptation will be great.
These are just some fears I have, they are not set in concrete conclusions.
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