As each took their turn I noticed the pastors that Chris knew personally and have helped shape his sense of ministry for the church and the world. There were some that he knew through his family as he grew up in the church. And then there were the ones who Chris does not know yet but will be great models of humble service and joyful leadership. I can't wait for him to get to know each of them better - and for them to know Chris!
Each called and ordained minister brought these experiences with them when they prayed for Chris. I imagine, as they put their hands on his head and leaned in close, they prayed for strength and wisdom, peace and understanding, energy and calm, and that Chris would always be listening for the loving and challenging voice of God in his ministry and his life.
At least....that is what I pray for Chris.