For Junior and Senior theology majors there is one event that is probably one of the most stressful of their entire academic career:
Anywhere from 6-12 conferences send administrative representatives to the university to interview the undergraduates to see which ones they would like to hire. Most people don’t get hired their junior year, but it is still good to interview and get to know the administration.
My senior year, I interviewed with 5-8 conferences. I don’t remember the exact number, because it all blurs together. I do remember being turned down in two of the interviews because I wasn’t what they were looking for. I remember seeing my friends get one, two, three, and even four calls.
I didn’t want more than one. Having to interview was stressful enough, let alone having to pick which one I wanted to go to in less than 24 hours (most conferences give you about one day to think it over. This isn’t to be difficult–there is a lot of competition for the jobs.). So I prayed. I asked God to give me one call. Just one–to the conference that He wanted me to be in.
And He did. The evening after the bulk of my interviews (I think I scheduled 3 of them on the same day), I got a call from Carolina Conference asking me if I would consider a call to their conference.
After thanking God, I waited a day and said yes.
I haven’t regretted it for a moment. I honestly appreciate the administration in the Carolina Conference. They have given me an opportunity that some people who study theology for years and are far more qualified than me never get.
And for that, I am grateful.