I was speaking with one of my friends from Seminary today. He has been asked to voluntarily delay his commissioning for another year because they don't have enough slots for probationary elders in this conference. Ten slots and 38 people up for commissioning. This is making me very, very nervous.
The conference keeps talking about a huge hit coming when lots and lots of elders are retiring.
Hold on they say.
The Board of Ordained Ministry is running way behind and have just finished with the Full Elder group. This is unpleasant.