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Sun, Jun. 18th, 2006, 08:29 am
changinglight: support in a period of discernment

My partner is in a period of discernment around her call to ministry, and I'm wondering how best to be supportive?  Any information that y'all could give me about the discernment process would be helpful, as well as how support worked in your particular call.  I know that the obvious thing is to have a conversation with her about it, but I'd also like to know what your experiences are. 

Thanks,
Christina

Sun, Jun. 18th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
mkille

I don't know much about the discernment process, because I've just started it myself, and I'm not sure it will be within the UCC. But the two most supportive things *my* partner can do for me is to remind me frequently that God will use me in ministry wherever/whatever I end up, and to reassure me that if I do end up ordained, it will be okay that we will have a more in-the-public-eye and not-nine-to-five life.

Mon, Jun. 19th, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
changinglight

thanks. that's very helpful.

Thu, Feb. 22nd, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)
wiboi

one of the most useful things my partner did was to remind me to connect to things outside of school/church life. I know this sounds odd but it was super-helpful. She also has also done a really good job of keeping me grounded and connected to the friends and community we have.