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Hi all, I am a brand spanking new Pastor (just over a month now!) and I was just wondering how many Pastors are on here? I know boardgaming is big in Christian communities and I have seen various users with the "Christian" microbadge but I have always how many Pastors are among those. If your a Pastor I'd like to introduce myself!

My name is Carl Garber and I am an Associate Pastor in Vauxhall, AB. My denomination is Mennonite Brethren. I am 29 and just graduated from Bethany Bible College. I have been married for 4 years and love it! I'm looking forward to helping young marrieds and youth grow in their walk with Christ....and also maybe introduce them to a game or twoninja

Well, that is me. I'd love to get to know fellow boardgaming Pastors so feel free to respond to this thread or drop me a line!

God Bless!

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There are currently 18 owners of the "ordained" microbadge(s).

EDIT: now you can be one, too. Congratulations!
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CarlG wrote:
Hi all, I am a brand spanking new Pastor (just over a month now!) and I was just wondering how many Pastors are on here? I know boardgaming is big in Christian communities and I have seen various users with the "Christian" microbadge but I have always how many Pastors are among those. If your a Pastor I'd like to introduce myself!

My name is Carl Garber and I am an Associate Pastor in Vauxhall, AB. My denomination is Mennonite Brethren. I am 29 and just graduated from Bethany Bible College. I have been married for 4 years and love it! I'm looking forward to helping young marrieds and youth grow in their walk with Christ....and also maybe introduce them to a game or twoninja

Well, that is me. I'd love to get to know fellow boardgaming Pastors so feel free to respond to this thread or drop me a line!

God Bless!

Carl
Congrats.

How do you obtain employment out of this? Are you "posted" to a church? Do you have to establish your own branch?

Just curious.
 
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There are several Pastors on the Geek overall. Tom Vassel being one of the most prominent.

Latria one of my favorite RSP former posters is a pastor but he doesn't post much anymore.

If there are any other pastors in here they must be mainly lurkers or I somehow missed their profession. We had a seminarian or two in the past but I think their study load eventually cut down their active participation in BGG.

So just a question... we have enough Mennonites here in Easter Washington that I see them around. But I don't know much about your denomination. Visually in dress and lifestyle you are someplace between Amish and mainstream Protestant. So what would you say are the similarities and variations between your culture and rituals when compared to other facets of Christianity? What are the doctrinal tenets (if any) you think might make you distinct?

Welcome to RSP and God Bless you in your work.


Love in Christ,

Meerkat --- So definitely not a pastor



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malacandra is a Lutheran pastor. Apparently he doesn't have an ordained badge.
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I'm an atheist, but I have a pastor in my gaming group.

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Trying to remember where I've seen this before. Is it in the Principia Discordia?
 
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There is at least one LDS bishop active in RSP, which would be the equivalent of a pastor. Brother Jeff, of the cow avatar (jeff brown).
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Trying to remember where I've seen this before. Is it in the Principia Discordia?


Yep. (:

http://www.principiadiscordia.com/book/43.php

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I am a member of the Ordo Templi Orientis and a pastor. My congregation has been meeting in homes and shared spaces since 2005 but some time early next year will be moving into our own space, a previously vacant storefront on Main St in our city.
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I have been ordained by the Universal Life Church, as a Reverend.

Does that count?
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Trying to remember where I've seen this before. Is it in the Principia Discordia?


Yep. (:

http://www.principiadiscordia.com/book/43.php

-Your friendly neighborhood Discordian


Thought so. I wish I knew where my copy went. Maybe it's time to order another.
 
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EndersGame is a pastor. He mentioned it in his GW thread. I've never seen him post in RSP though.
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I have been ordained by the Universal Life Church, as a Reverend.

Does that count?


I thought that the ULC did have some states that had challenged them due to a case against the founder for tax evasion... but that was in the past, it appears... unless this wiki article is not correct.
 
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Can you be a Pastor without being ordained?
 
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Oh yes, the ULC ordination. I've got one of those. I think everyone in radio has one of those, at least the on air types.
 
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Oh yes, the ULC ordination. I've got one of those. I think everyone in radio has one of those, at least the on air types.



Interesting... why do radio types feel a need to have this? Just curious.
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Although not currently active as a Pastor,
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Wow! More responses to this thread then my actual game related posts......not sure how to take that...

Thanks for the warm welcomes everyone!

Thanks Kelsey for the microbade insight!

Blue Mountain -some denominations place you. Many don't. Pretty much you apply for a Pastoral job, and if you get hired your a Pastor! Most churches want you have at least a BA (like I do in Biblical and Theological Studies) and preferably an MA. If your doing youth work the standards usually drop. Now that I have the job here I am going through a credentialling process with the MB conference which will make me the equivalent of ordained (not sure if my denomination uses that term). The interview process differs church to church. You normally send in your application, do some interviews with the church board and then "candidate" -you go to the church and preach, meet people, and then the church meets and votes on you. A guy I know did the candidating process in one day and left after a pot luck lunch. Mine was 10 days. I met people for lunc and supper everyday for a week. Led a youth talk Saturday night, and then shared my testimony and preached Sunday morning. It was very exhausting! Me and my wife were with people pretty much from noon til midnight everyday visiting! ANd not one single boardgame to boot:shake The church then voted on me the following tuesday and need ay least a 90% acceptance for me to Pastor.

Meerkat -haha, I have to explain this all the time so I won't mind doing it once more! Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, the Aumish, Hutterites, and other denominations as well all come from a loose movement called Anabaptism. Pretty much anybody that wasen't Catholic or Protestant during the reformation was called an anabaptist which was a derogatory term. It means "re-baptiser" which was the common theme all these groups had in common.

A lot of what makes anabaptists unique are gone today. At the time of the reformation we beleived that church and state should be separate. Now that seems to be a given; then we got killed for it. connected to this is what we call beleivers baptism. This is the idea that only those that actually beleive in Jesus are Christians. Baptism is a decision to follow Jesus. This went against the thinknig of the time that you were saved when you were baptised as a child. Another thing we beleived in was that you shouldn't convert anyone by force. Connected to this was the beleif in pacifism. We don't beleive in fighting in war or doing violence to others. Today this is the main thing that distinguishes us from other denominations and causes tension in mainstream society. Almost forgot, Anabaptists are also big on "the priesthood of all beleivers" ie. everyone can read their Bible and discern together what it means; its not just a task for the priests.

Quick recap:

1) separation of church and state.
2) beleivers baptism
3) Converting by choice
4) Pacifism
5) priesthood of all beleivers.

As for the way we dress. It's all over the place! I have been told that there are 100s of sects of Mennos. The denomination I am a part of would be indistinguishable from any other evangelical church. We wear "normal" clothes and don't have any wierd restrictions. I hope this helps a bit. If you have more questions feel free to fire away!
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I was raised in the Mennonite church, in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, a small town called Elmira.

I left the church and christianity when I had my first child, a daughter. I could not in good conscience expose her to the misogyny of Christianity in general, and the Mennonite faith in particular.

Has this improved in the last 14 years?
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I was raised in the Mennonite church, in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, a small town called Elmira.

I left the church and christianity when I had my first child, a daughter. I could not in good conscience expose her to the misogyny of Christianity in general, and the Mennonite faith in particular.

Has this improved in the last 14 years?


Holy Loaded Question, Batman!!!



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I was raised in the Mennonite church, in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, a small town called Elmira.

I left the church and christianity when I had my first child, a daughter. I could not in good conscience expose her to the misogyny of Christianity in general, and the Mennonite faith in particular.

Has this improved in the last 14 years?


Holy Loaded Question, Batman!!!



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We Mennos like our questions loaded.

And our head cheese. And summer sausage. And apple pie with a slice of old cheese.
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Haha!! wow! Just throws out the loaded questions like it ain't no thang! Well, we would have to get into what exactly you felt was mysogynistic for me to answer your question. Christianity has always been about loving everybody, so I am not sure where there is room for a hatred of women in it! Are you an old colony Mennonite? Elmira you say? Is that near Listowel? because if it is you probably know some people I know! My cousin married a girl from Elmira (I think?). I'm also not that familar with Mennonite going ons, I am actually Mennonite Brethren.
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Haha, fairs enough Kenneth! I love talking Religion.....Not so much politics....however, I only like it if it is done in a respectful way with genuine interest in understanding. It seems like that might actually happen here

I think there is also a strong tie between boardgaming and religion. I mean, I think boardgaming is quite rare among the non-faith population. However, people of different faiths are not into the party scene and half the stuff on tv or in theatre's is gross. So for hanging out that leaves: Visiting (aka coffee), Sports (about 10% of the population only), Eating, and boardgaming! I assume it's similar in other faiths but I could be wrong. But in most of the Christian circles I roll in people game. Especially age 30 and down. Of course, this is mostly of the TTR, Carcasonne, Settlers variety. But I'll take what I can get and convert who I can to some slightly heavier stuffninja
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