So in our church, people are given “callings” because everything is volunteer-based. Typically, the protocol is that the leader will pray about who should be given a certain calling, ask the person if they will accept, and then “sustain” the person in front of the congregation at church. Back in the 1800’s, people would be given a calling from the pulpit without previous knowledge. In modern times, people are told beforehand and given a choice to accept or not.
On Sunday when we went to church, someone got up to do the usual sustainings. All of a sudden, the guy said, “Kenneth Alford. It is proposed that Kenneth Alford be sustained as the Assistant Executive Secretary.” Without missing a beat, Kenneth was up. When he sat down, I smacked his arm and said, “Why didn’t you tell me?!” And he looked at me, smiled, and said, “I didn’t know.”
I think that if that would’ve been me, I probably would not have stood up, or at least waited a long time before doing so. Kenneth said that it took him a second to realize that his dad or grandfather was not in the congregation, and that it was indeed him they were referencing. Come to find out later, that there was just some miscommunication, and the person who announced it thought that Kenneth was told already. :)