|PASTORAL CANDIDATES YOU MAY WANT TO LOOK INTO
This is not always literal, but it concludes accurately for today's world! Pastoral Candidates The following is a confidential report on several candidates being considered for a pastorate.
Adam: Good man but problems with his wife. Also one reference told of how his wife and he enjoy walking naked in the woods. When once confronted with his sins, he tried to pass all the blame onto his wife. Noah: Former pastorate of 120 years with not even one convert. Prone to unrealistic building projects. After being delivered from danger by God, this man went on a roaring drunk.
Abraham: Though the references reported wife-swapping, the facts seem to show he never slept with another man's wife, but did offer to share his own wife with another man. Came only seconds from intentionally killing his son on one occasion. When given an opportunity to live in a gracious community, he lost this chance to better himself by letting a backslidden nephew take the opportunity. We fear he could fall into poverty and be a burden on our church family.
Joseph: A big thinker, but a braggart, believes in dream-interpreting, and has a prison record. It seems he has spent most of his life in abject slavery, and this makes us wonder if he is prepared to deal with highly placed businessmen and community leaders. Once he even set up a man on a charge of theft and had him sent to prison.
Moses: A modest and meek man, but poor communicator, even stuttering at times. This casts doubt on his alleged origins as a foster child of the Pharaohs in Egypt. Such a background would certainly produce a great orator. Sometimes blows his stack and acts rashly. Some say he left an earlier church over a murder charge. Also, we feel his inter-racial marriage would cause tension in our assembly
David: The most promising leader of all until we discovered the affair he had with his neighbor's wife. He also seems to need to kill his enemies rather than form ecumenical associations. Solomon: Great preacher but our parsonage would never hold all those wives.
Elijah: Prone to depression. Collapses under pressure. Mocks at ecumenical gatherings as other ministers worship, on one occasion even inspiring them to hack themselves up with knives. Was last seen chasing cars on foot!
Elisha: Reported to have lived with a single widow while at his former church.
Hosea: A tender and loving pastor but our people could never handle his wife's occupation.
Jeremiah: Emotionally unstable, alarmist, negative, always lamenting things, reported to have taken a long trip to bury his underwear on the bank of a foreign river. Those who have read his writings have destroyed them at once due to his offensive language. For example, his last book was tossed in the Euphrates River.
Isaiah: On the fringe? Claims to have seen angels in church. Has trouble with his language. Openly admits his lips are unclean.
Jonah: Refused God's call into ministry until he was forced to obey by getting swallowed up by a great fish. He told us the fish later spit him out on the shore near here. Also, he has a very bad attitude toward those to whom he preaches. We hung up.
Amos: Too backward and unpolished. His chief experience is in herding cattle and gathering figs. With some seminary training he might have promise, but has a hang-up against wealthy people--might fit in better in a poor congregation.
Melchizedek: Great credentials at current work place, but where does this guy come from? No information on his resume about former work records. Every line about parents was left blank and he refused to supply a birth date.
John: Says he is a Baptist, but definitely doesn't dress like one. Has slept in the outdoors for months on end, has a weird diet, and provokes denominational leaders. Has very poor tact when in the company of royalty.
Peter: Too blue collar. Is said to return to fishing at the most improper times. Has a bad temper-even has been known to curse. Had a big run-in with Paul in Antioch. Aggressive, but a loose cannon.
Paul: Powerful CEO type leader and fascinating preacher. However, short on tact, unforgiving with younger ministers, harsh and has been known to preach all night. Also, Paul has a physical problem which would make him hard to look at as he preaches. Once started a civil uproar, and then fled by going over the wall in a basket. Has been seen visiting with Arabs on a ship from Adramitum (south Arabia). Once spent the winter with Publius, a notorious pagan on a primitive island. At that place he started a church be initiating a snake handling ministry.
James & John: Package deal preacher & associate seemed good at first, but found out they have an ego problem regarding other fellow workers and seating positions. Threatened an entire town after an insult. Also known to try to discourage workers who didn't follow along with them. Reference: Diotrophese, a fine leader in a church under John's care, reports that he was summarily dumped out of the church after John wrote a letter instructing the church leaders to do so. Seems very high handed.
Timothy: Too young! He has a mixed heritage, being fathered by a Greek, and we KNOW what that means. Also, wine was found in his refrigerator by a deacon in his church.
Methuselah: Too old . . . WAY too old!
Balaam: Has had an anointed prophetic ministry. Is in very close contact with royalty, who pay him well for his services. He is famous for his politically correct ability to communicate with the animal kingdom. Also, he is well versed in alternate ethical choices and solutions. Should be exceptional in a marriage counseling ministry. If Judas does not work out, this candidate should be strongly considered.
Jesus: Has had popular times, but once his church grew to 5000 he managed to offend them all, and his church then dwindled down to twelve people. Seldom stays in one place very long. Owns nearly nothing and would be a very needy man if we called him, for he borrows virtually everything he needs, or his friends have to support him. He has been seen on many occasions having very cordial visits with sinners and tax collectors. He absolutely refuses to teach his followers how to avoid paying taxes as a form of good stewardship. On one occasion, when confronted with a whore, who was caught red handed in sin and worthy of stoning, Jesus just let her go and told her to stop sinning. He seems inordinately preoccupied with demons, casting them out of people everywhere he goes. He compliments those who give very little in the offering and mocks at those who give heavily. He allows some people to worship him, while others he rebukes for merely calling him "good". He has drawn many death threats due to his open rejection of the great religious Ecumenical leaders. On one occasion, he walked boldly into the biggest church in the area and made havoc of their fund raising program and whipped many of the leaders and helpers with a whip. It seems it would be very dangerous to be too close to Jesus. He even warns his followers that they will suffer if they follow him. And, of course, he's single. Much of his teaching sounds suicidal, pointing to some day of death and doom for himself. This would be a very negative ministry, and we are seeking power in positive thinking in our next pastor.
Judas: His references are solid. A steady plodder. Conservative. Is very zealous to gather funds to feed the poor. Good connections. Has been the trusted treasurer during the ministry of Jesus. Was once seen embracing Jesus Christ, which is a very encouraging proof of his loyalty to Jesus. We're inviting him to preach this Sunday. Possibilities here. Rumors have it that he took his life yesterday, but this seems highly unlikely with his great history and future potential.