Job app requires "statement of faith" – What should I write?

posted 3 years ago in Christian
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • 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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • 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 # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Isn’t that illegal? 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

@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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@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 # 10
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Bee Keeper

@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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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. 

@MsLesPaul:  

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