Thinking Out Loud

January 6, 2011

Sending Your Pastor Back for a Road Test

This first appeared here in January, 2009.

driving-test-sample-questions-scenario1With my mind wandering during a post-supper phone call, I wondered what would happen if, just as some jurisdictions require you to do a fresh road test after 20 years in order to keep driving, your pastor had to appear before a doctrinal committee like the one that ordained him (or her) originally. Just to make sure all his (or her) doctrinal oars are still in the water.

But why target pastors? Board members and Sunday School teachers would be next, followed by you, the average Joe (or Joanne). After a couple of decades serving on committees or helping in the nursery or whatever it is you do; you’d be brought before a group of examiners to make sure that you still have a grasp on, and still hold to the basic tenets of, the core of what we call the Christian faith.

Would people be as nervous leading up this event as they would be if they had to do a fresh road test to keep their driver’s license? Do you think you could pass? Would you be praying they asked easy questions? Do you consider, “Why did Jesus have to die?” to be an easy question?


  1. I would hope that all pastors – and all Christians – would face and pass a “road test” much more easily after a number of years.

    GROWTH is a necessary mark of a Christian. While it is true that the more we learn, the more we realise we don’t know, it is just as true that our knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures and theology and of trust, responsibility and Christian living should increase.

    “Why did Jesus have to die?” SHOULD be one of the easiest questions for any Christian.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — January 6, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

    • Your answer introduces a dimension I had overlooked. Rather than having a panic attack over what they’ve forgotten (or wandered away from), a true Christ follower would find a current “road test” a breeze compared to when they were new in faith.


      Thanks for adding.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — January 6, 2011 @ 6:39 pm

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