5 Questions

I have been interviewed! Eric has interviewed me! This is part of a meme that has been on a few blogs I look at daily. I have worked on them the last few days and here’s what I got. If you want to be a part of this, look at the rules at the end of this post. Enjoy!

(1) What one class does the seminary not offer that they should?

I think it would be great for the seminary to offer a class about all the “specalized” ministries out there. Maybe that is impratical but there is really nothing (at least at LTSP) about outdoor ministry, prison ministry, campus ministry, hospice ministry, or one of the many that I am not including. I have found that while I have been doing this work on my independent study on prison ministry there seems to be a large interest within the student body to learn about it and experience it.
If this would not be a class then at least an opportunity about for us to explore what they are without the feeling that I am doing something wrong or getting looked down upon for being interested in something other than parish ministry. Because this is the feeling that I get when I explore the idea that I might want to do something else than parish ministry down the road. I feel that I should only be thinking parish minsitry when there is a world of ministry that needs leaders and it is okay for us to explore that.

(2) When did you first know that you were called to ordained ministry? Who did God sound/look like (i.e. In my call story God sounded and looked like my dad)?

I have been told since I was in Junior High school that I was going to be a pastor when I grew up. I was always active in the church and I started preching in church when I was 16 years old (I would love to find and post that sermon) However I did not want to go down that road when I was in high school or even college.
I realize now that I was lost when I was in college. I did not know what I wanted to do or which direction I wanted to go. I left college after my junior year and I started working at Camp Calumet in New Hampshire. After spending a few months at Calumet I started feeling the call to ministry stronger then ever. I was only going to be at Calumet one year but one year turned to three years. At that point I knew that I was feeling called to do ministry for the rest of my life, now I am diserning where that is going to be.

(3) You have a list of 100 things to do before I die. Which ones are the most important ones for you to accomplish?

14 – Participate in a Triathlon. – This is important to me because if I do this then I know that I will be on my way to a heathly body.

27. Learn not to say yes when you really mean no. — This will be important in my ministry and my life in general

66 Make Master Coordinator with Shaklee– If I do this thenI know I will be set financially for the rest of my life. I also know most of the other things on my list will be easily accomplished because I will have the time and money to do them.

86 Go to a Patriots Game- becuase they are awesome. I also have never been to a NFL game before

(4) What is the great piece of advise you have received? How has that help shape who you are? How you approach ministry?

This is one of the harder questions for me. I don’t know if there has been one piece of advice that I have carried with me. For me I think the one thing that has helped shape who I am today is the supportfulness of all the people around me. From my parents growing up, to my friends throughout the years. Even until now I feel the love and support from the people I go to seminary with and even my experience blogging.

I guess if I had to pick advice it would have to be to make sure whatever I do, keep my family happy. I do not want to be (but I am afraid I will become) a pastor who “loves” his church more than his family. I don’t want to miss out on my families lives. I want to be there for my kids and for my wife. I have seen the opposite too many times.

(5) And finally…a “fun” question: What cartoon character do you relate to the most and why?

I have always related to Shrek — i feel like Shrek; I am on a journey and that I have many layers – – Like Onions!!

And…to continue Diane’s addition to this meme: What is one question you would like someone to ask you?

If you did not go to seminary where would you be right now?

I think if I did not go to seminary I would of been more lost than I was, but I would of found my way into music recording or culinary. Cooking has been a natural thing for me (as it is for all McGarry men) and I would of liked to pursued that. I still dream about haveing a cooking ministry tied to a church that I am a leader of. It would be a “normal” resturant but daily it would provide food to the homeless.
I also love music, I play seven different instruments and when i first went to college I majored in music education. I was not in a good place when I started college and I could not make myself commit to the time and effort of being a music major at Luther College. And even now in my music, I mainly play the guitar and want to learn more about that – where when I was a music major at Luther my main insturment was the tuba.
Just before I started seminary (3 years ago) I was really into writing music and recording (that’s why I got into Macs) and I found that I really liked recording music and wanted to learn more about it.

Finally, here are the rules of the Meme, which you must post with your answers:

1. If you are interested in being interviewed, leave me a comment saying “interview me.”
2. I will respond by posting 5 questions for you. I get to post the questions.
3. You will update your blog with a post containing your answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment, asking to be interviewed, you will ask them 5 questions.

Thank you Eric for those questions. It was really fun to do. I hope I did these questions the justice they deserved.

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2 thoughts on “5 Questions

  1. LTSS offers a course on camping ministries from time to time. It is taught by the directors of Lutheridge, the Lutheran camp near Asheville.

    I also enjoyed reading your responses. Thanks for the insight.

  2. Great job…I really enjoyed reading your responses. (3) I sure can relate to your goal of participating in a triathalon. I want to run a marathon someday. Like you, accomplishing this goal will mean that I am becoming healthier. (4) ABSOLUTELY…keep your family happy. A colleague of mine told me when I first arrived that if the church made him choose between the church and his family, his family would win every time. Nurture your family or your ministry will suffer.

    Thanks again for your participation in this meme. It is a lot of fun getting to know people like this.

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