Oratio – Tentatio – Meditatio – Missio

One of the pastors I interned with for four years wrote this in a card to me in honor of my ordination.

“Luther and others before him said that oratio – prayer; tentatio – testing; meditatio – studying the scriptures make a theologian. Good advice for our lives as pastors. We are blessed.

I’d add missio – mission. A pastor and congregation engaged in outreach – sharing the good news in word and action – will be a congregation and pastor that celebrate a life turned outward in love.”