Seventeen years later he applies for a job as a minister. He has waited a long time for this moment, and is intensely nervous at the risk he is taking.
Much to his surprise, things go very well at every stage…writing the application, being selected for interview, coming out of the interview as the best candidate and being recommended for the post by the church leadership. He meets the church and things are still going well.
When the church votes on his appointment, a small but significant number vote against. It is enough to deny him the return to ministry.