"Shiny and gold": OTM Profiles in Three Words or Less
"Have you done your OTM profile yet?" A dreaded question for graduating seminarians. The Episcopal Church's Office of Transition Ministry helps priests find placements in churches across the States. Part of the massive online profile required is called the "Narrative" and includes open-ended questions that must be answered in 1,200 words or less.
In our new series, clergy-people answer the questions in three words, max. This series was inspired by "Lady Priests" Advisory Board member Nathan Bourne.
Emily's OTM Profile in Three Words or Less
[N.B. These are not our real answers.]
1. Describe a moment in your recent ministry that you recognize as one of success and fulfillment.
Didn't drop baby.
2. Describe your liturgical style and practice.
Shiny and gold.
3. How do you practice incorporating others in ministry?
Crayons, read-alouds, sing-alongs.
4. How do you care for your spiritual, emotional and physical well-being?
Start with single-malt.
5. Describe your involvement in either the wider Church or geographical community.
Wishin', hopin', plannin'.
6. How do you engage in pastoral care for others?
It involves listening.
7. Tell about a ministry project that exists because of your leadership. What was your role in its creation? Who can be contacted about this project?
Praying; leading; nobody.
8. How are you preparing yourself for the Church of the future?
Practicing: post-apocalyptic sacrament-smuggler.
9. What is your personal practice of stewardship and how do you utilize it to influence your ministry in your worshipping community?
Trying really hard.
10. What is your experience of conflict involving the church? And what is your experience in addressing it?
Some; attack head-on.
11. What is your experience leading/addressing change in the church? When has it gone well? When has it gone poorly? And what did you learn?
Tried; try again.
And also: Give four keywords that describe your gifts and skills.
Words, food, loud, quiet.