Congrats are in order for my lovely wife, who was approved on Monday for full ordination as an elder in the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. After a very long, strenuous and complicated 8 years, she has reached the final step in this process.
For those who don't know much about the UMC or ordination, one can sort of compare it to becoming a tenured professor or finishing your medical residency. Since June 2008, she has been a provisional elder (like a residency program), and in June of this year, at Annual Conference, she will be ordained.
It's a very long, tedious process full of paper writing, meetings, psychological evaluations, discernment, hard work and so much more. And now she's just about completed that process. I'm proud of her, and seeing her work through this process has been a great benefit to me as well as I continue to debate whether or not the UMC ordination process is where I'm headed.
In conclusion, i would like to repeat that my wife is awesome. Very proud of you, dear.