Why would a young person be ordained?

I was asked on the radio last week to answer the question, “Why would a young person chose to be ordained in this day and age?”

The conversation was lengthy—I got almost 30 minutes of airtime—and pretty good. I felt like I managed to provide a pretty fair accounting of what vocation is all about and why the good news of Jesus Christ needs to be proclaimed as much in this generation as in any other.

The interview has now been posted online. You can listen to it here. It begins around 10:30.

How would you have answered? If you’re not ordained and not planning to be, what do you say when people ask you why you’re in the church?