Riding a bus full of rowdy, screaming teenagers can be hazardous and should be attempted only by trained professionals. Since I am a youth pastor, I am often blessed with this ministry opportunity, which usually involves walking through the bus to keep the conversation to a dull roar. But although accompanying the 50 eighth-graders in our confirmation program can be challenging, I usually learn something about my students in the process. Sometimes I discover how much they donâ€™t know.
I was a little surprised when on one of these trips a student stopped me (a male Presbyterian) in the aisle and asked, â€śWhy did you decide to become a priestess?â€ť When all I could manage was a blank look, my young friend tried again: â€śWhen did you ask God into your heart or graduate from pastorâ€™s school or whatever?â€ť
â€śAre those supposed to be the same question?â€ť I finally replied.