In Need Of A Pastor

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A church was in need of a pastor, and solicited applications. One of the deacons interested in knowing just what kind of a minister they desired, wrote a letter as if he had received it from an applicant, and read it before the Pulpit Committee:

"Understanding that your pulpit is vacant, I'd like to apply for the position. I have many qualifications I think you would appreciate. My religious and theological training was received from the best theologians. Academically, I've made my mark. I preach with power and have had some success as a writer. Some say that I'm a good organizer. I have been the leader in most places I've gone. I'm nearly 50 years of age. I've never preached in one place, however, for more than three years. In some places I've been driven out of town after my work caused riots and disturbances. I have to admit that I've been in jail three or four times, but not because of any real wrongdoing. The churches I have preached in have, for the most part, been small, though they're located in large cities. I have not gotten along too well with the religious leaders in town where I've preached. In fact, some have threatened me, and even attacked me physically. I'm not too good at keeping records. I've been known to forget whom I've baptized. However, if you can use me, I shall do my best for you, even if I have to work to help with my support."

After reading the letter, the deacon asked the Committee members if they were interested in the applicant. They replied emphatically that he would never do for their church. They were not interested in any contentious, trouble-making, absent-minded ex-jailbird. In fact, they felt insulted that his application had even been presented.

The Committee then asked the name of the applicant, whereupon the deacon answered, "The Apostle Paul."