This blog post is adapted from Male & Female: Embracing Your Role in God’s Design.
The order of creation and the unique relationship between head and helper in marriage intersects significantly with the theology of the pastoral office. If the pastoral office is a gift given by Christ to His Bride, the Church, how do we know from Scripture that it should be filled only by men and not by women as well? This goes back to Genesis and the institution of marriage, and it also draws on Ephesians 5 and the way in which marriage is a picture of Christ and the Church.
Call Day is one of the high holidays in the life of many LCMS pastors and their families. The months leading up to Call Day are some of the most stressful and exciting and infuriating one can imagine. The game of trying to guess where one might be called is entirely futile, and yet, it can’t be avoided. Soon-to-be pastors and their families are just so excited for the next chapter of their lives to be revealed that it is all they can talk about for months. The time leading up to Call Day is a time of preparation and hope amid chaos. It’s almost as though the season before Call Day is Advent, and Call Day itself is Christmas.
With all the press that comes with being a pastor, it can be hard to focus on your ultimate calling: proclaiming the Word of God. That’s why Martin Luther’s “Sacristy Prayer” has been encouraging your brothers in the ministry for generations—both as you prepare to write sermons and as you stand to deliver those sermons.