Monday, July 25, 2005

Is there a Pastor in the House?

Last week's Harry Potter extravaganza in the blogging world made me wonder: Is there a particular Hogwarts house that would produce the best pastors? Here's what I'm thinking.

Ravenclaw: You delight in the intellectual aspects of ministry: the study of theology, the crafting of sermons, the assimilation of vast knowledge regarding church history, polity and tradition. Your study is your sanctuary--it is here that you feel the presence of God. Your keen mind penetrates to the heart of ethical and ecclessial dilemmas. However, the relational aspects of ministry can be hard for you. You have to drag yourself out of your study to connect to people on an emotional rather than intellectual level. You have a limited amount of social energy, so you have to focus it carefully and pace yourself. Alternate careers: Professor, author, librarian.

Hufflepuff: Hufflepuffs loooved their Practical Theology classes at seminary. Your greatest delight in ministry is the actual tasks of ministry: pastoral care, visitation, organizing programs, recruiting volunteers, managing the organization. You know where the church furnace is located and could fix it in a pinch. You are generally quite popular with your congregation for your hard work and availability. However, your focus on the practicalities of ministry sometimes keeps your from seeing a grander vision, a bigger picture. Your congregations will be solid and healthy, but will seldom make the news for taking daring stands or developing cutting edge ministries. Some folks will exploit your willingness to work hard, so you have to guard against early burnout. Alternate careers: Director of community center, chef.

Gryffindor: You are attracted to the ministry because it offers a context for your need to be involved in a heroic quest: Defending the Truth, Working for Justice, Spreading the Gospel; Building God's Kingdom. You are willing to take a stand, be part of an embattled minority, sacrifice everything for The Cause. Your ministry is inspiring. As a charismatic leader you can motivate your people to great undertakings. However, you are easily dillusioned with the petty realities that inevitably crop up in congregational and denominational life. The day-to-day routine of running a church can make you tired and frustrated. You have absolutely no patience with church politics or polity and can become enraged when you run smack into it while on your quest for Truth and Justice. Alternate careers: missionary, non-profit founder, social work

Sytherin: You have incredible entrepenuerial skills. You look at a swath of farmland on the edge of the suburbs and get that Megachurch gleam in your eye. You can size up a congregation or community and immediately identify who has resources and connections that can be tapped for the success of your latest project. You may scorn denominational structures and rules, but you know how to use them to promote your mission---or to take down your enemies. Members of your church are grateful for the growth and money you bring to your congregations, but deep down they may feel that you don't care about them personally. They may hesitate to approach you with problems, feeling that you only want to hear "success stories". Alternate careers: business owner, Archbishop.

11 comments:

Kathryn said...

That's utterly brilliant :-)
What's more, having been sorted into Gryffindor by the hat last week, I can actually (and worryingly) see elements of Gryffindorness in my approach to ministry. Mind you, there's definitely a bit of Hufflepuff too (though not as far as the practicalities go...); suspect I'm really Gryfflepuff or Huffendor.

Friday Mom said...

Hey, I've confessed my ignorance of Harry Potter trivia at my place, but I have to agree with Kathryn that is brilliant. I can see now why I was sorted Gryffindor. I'm kind of big on the justice stuff.

Songbird said...

I kind of feel like Hufflepuff is what I've *been* doing, but Gryffindor is what I "ought" to be doing. Clearly, I'm torn.

Quotidian Grace said...

Brilliant, indeed! Now that you have explained it to me I understand better how I sorted into Ravensclaw. Wasn't quite sure before...

reverendmother said...

This was excellent--you should send this to the Outlook, or Presbyterians Today. Maybe they'd publish?

I'm with Grace. You nailed the Ravenclaw thing for me. I'd like to think/hope I have secondary affinities with Griffindor though.

Susan Rose, CSJP said...

The sorting hat put me in gryffindor. And your analysis is spot on.

I concur with the label of brilliant for this post.

Canticles said...

That's awesome. Good observations!

Jen said...

I was sorted a while back into Hufflepuff - and I think by this analysis I'm still a Hufflepuff.

This is very cool. Thanks!

St. Casserole said...

Love this! I finished HP and 1/2 Blood Prince on Monday! I'm not sure where I fall in with the houses. I may want to do a chaplaincy post at St. Mungo's instead.

LutheranChik said...

If a layperson can play too;-)...major in Ravenclaw, minor in Gryffindor. This semester, anyway.

Bag Lady said...

I love it!

I'm a lay-body, and furthermore, I have no clue in which House I'd belong. Well, just not Slytherin. Other than that, I'm kind of multiple personality, having worn all the other hats in lay roles at my church.