Post # 1
I have no idea who to ask advice from on this question, but I figure if anyone could help me, it would be you Bees! 🙂
Today I found a job posting that I am interested in applying for. It sounds perfect because it is related to my recently completed Masters degree, I wouldn’t be taking a pay cut, AND it would shorten my commute from 30 minutes to about 15 minutes. I am currently employed but have been looking for a change for some time now and can’t help but think this potential job is calling to me!
The position is at a local Christian college, and part of the application asks for a “Personal Statement – Faith.” I searched the application portal high and low and couldn’t find any directions or more specific instructions on what they’re actually looking for me to write about. Has anyone else had to do this for an application before? What did you write, or what do you think I should write? Should I just describe my religious background and explain what my faith means to me? Something like that? Help?
I suppose I should try contacting HR and see if they can clarify, but before I do that, I want to see if anyone has any insight that could help me. Thanks!
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
If it is a personal statement and the topic is your faith, then yes I would write about your background and what your faith means to you/what you believe. Kind of like sharing a testimony.
A few friends of mine work for a Christian Non-Profit and they had to sign I statement of faith saying they are in agreement with it. Their Statement of Faith was more like a list of things.
I’m sure they really just want to make sure you’re basically on the same page faith-wise.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@MsLesPaul: Provide your concept of what faith means to you. They are most likely just making sure you believe in the Christian idea of God and that you’re okay with working for a Christian organization.
Post # 5
Thank you both! 🙂 That’s what I was thinking as far as why they’d require it, which I understand and have no problem with. I will plan to essentially outline my Christian beliefs in essay form. I’m probably overthinking this, which I have a tendency to do. LOL.
Post # 7
@MsLesPaul: If you’re a Christian yourself, a good place to start might be the Nicene Creed? It’s pretty standard among all Christians (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox), and is a nice & neat summary. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicene_Creed If I were asked to write a Statement of Faith, I’d likely just say that I couldn’t find a better statement than the Creed, then copy/paste 😛
Post # 8
@MrsTywinLannister: I don’t think it’s illegal if it’s a private non-government organization. It’s essentially like working at a church.
@MsLesPaul: I am currently job-hunting too and applying at Christian schools where they ask for a SOF. They just want you to keep it brief – a couple paragraphs. Also, some places may verify you with your church (see if you are the religion you say you are, etc.0 so just keep an eye out for that.
Post # 9
@cutiebomb7789: The Nicene Creed could be a good place for some inspiration. I am Catholic, so I’m definitely familiar with it. Thanks for th suggestion!
@MrsNewDay: Thank you! Your feedback was very helpful and good to know. I will aim to keep it on the shorter side and not write a novel! LOL. I’ve applied for teaching positions at Catholic schools before and been asked to verify that I agree with Church teachings and that I do in fact belong to a church, so that wouldn’t surprise me. Good to be prepared! Good luck with your job search! 🙂
@MrsTywinLannister: Since this college is a private, Christian college, I believe it’s okay. Now if this were a public school or university, THEN I’d be concerned! 🙂
Post # 10
@MsLesPaul: I haven’t applied anywhere like this but I do know that some institutions, depending on denomination, require things such as: abstaining from public consumption of alcohol, not having an “immoral” living situation, proclaiming in writing your stance on issues such as predestination… the trinity… whether or not you believe the Bible to be the literal Word of God and infallible. Then they have you sign contacts binding you to your statement of faith. This isn’t to scare you but help set that expectation that it COULD be more involved than it initially seems.
Post # 11
A statement of faith is a personal thing and, personally, if I were reading a statement of faith that was purely a well known creed or something, then I would question it – ok, it may be what you believe…but, I think, if you have genuine faith lIke that, then it should be something written by you.
I have had to write personal faith statements before for Christian volunteering. The things I spoke about were: my faith growing up, important steps in my faith (baptism etc.) times that were difficult faith wise, where I am now and my involvement within the church.
It being a Christian college I can understand why they ask these questions. I work in a Christian school and, whilst you don’t have to be a Christian to work there, you do have to be empathetic towards the faith and, willing to teach in a school that has a Christian ethos.
I hope it goes well.