Military to Ministry
Last year while out to dinner, I had a chance to speak with a young Airman who was training to be a Pararescue Jumper (PJ). As we spoke, the conversation turned to my taking classes for a bachelor’s degree in Theology and plans to attend Seminary, as well as my many years of service in ministry at multiple churches. The Airman was curious to learn more about my having been a Marine and my transition into ministry. He later emailed me for further details.
His main question was about being trained to be aggressive and demonstrate power, and that he thought that would be incompatible with being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Here is what I told him, based on my personal experience: