Last week I was front and center for Irene Cho's interview with Tony Campolo. I tweeted that he said more in 15 minutes than I might have done the past 15 years. I don't think I was exaggerating much!
I especially loved the response to being asked what he's doing with the rest of his life. He said he didn't have that much time left, so he was focusing on the Camplolo Center. Think that's a little ego centric? Not at all.
Here is where they encourage people like you and me to seek out the brightest and best in our youth groups. Those who we know would make wonderful pastors. He talked about the problem of people "feeling the call", but said in the early church, that it was the church that did the calling. Too many young people are being encouraged to sign up for seminary, the debt that comes along with that, and all without really possessing real genuine leadership Or having a questionable call at best. The result he told us, was that too many churches had terrible pastors!
So he wants all of us to be on the look out for those who could lead and serve the church well. And then, as a church call them! For if they demonstrate the qualities and given talents, they must never be able to say - "I was not called".
There was more of course - but this was a powerful take-away for me.