5 responses to The Amish Minister’s Burden
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    Comment on The Amish Minister’s Burden (October 22nd, 2008 at 13:55)

    Nice blog entry, Erik, with very good insights. My grandfather really did not want to be a minister and moved to a church district that had two young ministers so he thought he would be safe. Within several years there were circumstances, the details of which I don’t recall, in which they had to ordain another minister. He was in the lot and was selected. When his name was announced, he was asked to stand up to signify his acceptance of the call. He just sat there. He was asked again and he just sat there. Finally, his father, who was sitting across the room said (in Pennsylvania Dutch) “Obie, stand up,” so he finally stood up. He served for more than 50 years, eventually becoming a bishop. And your point about bishops not having absolute power is very valid. My uncle, who was a bishop was “sat down” for a while by his congregation because he had become too high handed in dealing with certain people.

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    Comment on The Amish Minister’s Burden (October 22nd, 2008 at 16:05)

    That was very interesting. And I agree that it would be a big burden to carry.

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    Comment on Discipline against Amish bishops (October 23rd, 2008 at 01:11)

    Discipline against Amish bishops

    Crockhead, that’s a fascinating story. And the bit about being ‘sat down’ is interesting as well, I recall reading of similar instances. But I do wonder if there is a particular protocol for doing that, ie a vote? Or mutiny on the Bounty? A couple of years ago I recall hearing of a young bishop that had perhaps let power go to his head a bit. Other bishops from the settlement were in the process of trying to ‘straighten him out’, though I don’t know exactly what was involved in that particular situation.

    Michelle, thanks much. I think it’s something that definitely weighs on the minds of Amish married men when an ordination nears. Another friend in Ohio had one coming up and I know he was dealing with it mentally. I haven’t talked to him since it happened so perhaps he’s a new minister now.

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    Comment on The Amish Minister’s Burden (October 23rd, 2008 at 12:28)

    Erik, when a bishop is “sat down” I’m sure it’s by a vote of the congregation. I don’t know who raises the issue. Typically, if a district is having “church trouble” one or more respected bishops from outside are called to come in and help. They try to mediate any disputes. I would guess the suggestion that the bishop be “sat down” for a while would come from them and then the congregation would vote on it, but I don’t know that for a fact.

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    Comment on The Amish Minister’s Burden (October 24th, 2008 at 02:09)

    Crockhead, right that’s kind of what I was wondering about. Who would initiate it.

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