USA’s former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is reportedly considering going into ministry and becoming a pastor.
This may come as a surprise to many since, as Relevant Magazine notes, Clinton is widely perceived as not being religious.
The subject of Clinton’s interest in becoming a minister has been disclosed by her longtime pastor, Bill Shillady who is set to release a new book about the daily devotionals he sent her during her 2016 presidential bid. The book is titled “Strong for a Moment Like This”.
Apparently, ministry has been a long-time passion for Clinton, who has considered becoming an ordained minister in the Methodist church for more than 20 years, Fox News has reported.
A recent article in The Atlantic revealed that, although Clinton may have attempted to obscure her faith ties during her political career, in this new phase of life after her tough defeat in the 2016 presidential race, faith may play a central role.
Pastor Shillady told reporters, “The general public didn’t necessarily want to accept the fact that she’s a Christian because there’s so many critics out there about the Clintons.”
“She’d make a great pastor,” he told them, adding that, he however, thinks it’s unlikely she’ll want an official church title and position.
He said, according to Relevant Magazine, that it will probably involve guest preaching.
“Strong for a Moment Like This” emerges from a project Shillady started shortly after Clinton said she was running for president in 2015. Every morning, he would get up at 4 a.m. to pick out a bit of Scripture and write a quick devotional for Clinton to use in the day ahead. Sometimes, he asked fellow pastors to contribute a devotional to the project, including the more than 100 women clergy who formed a group called “We Pray with Her.”
The book offers a rare window into the way Scripture appears to have shaped Clinton on the campaign trail—as it has throughout her life, The Atlantic reveals.