(Closed) Question for Christian church-goers (and anyone else who may know)

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1249 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

When I applied for a secretarial position at a church, they were pretty insistant that I go to their church.  Any church I’ve ever been at, all the staff – even the janitorial workers – went to the church.

The worst they can do is say no, right?

Post # 5
2544 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

It depends on the church. I have personally attended churches where the janitorial staff were not members of the church, though over time they became quite close with the church community. (Though they still elected not to attend the church.)

ETA: It’s a bit different than a secretarial position, where administrators are expected to work closely with the pastoral staff and with assisting the congregation. I don’t think our church would allow a non-member to be secretarial staff either.

Post # 6
13905 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@DrTeeth:  I would be careful with terminology if they ask him – nonreligious and atheist have very different connotations, first of all.  Nonreligious means not tied to any particular religion, while atheist means a belief that there is no god (at least that’s how I see it).  But, to answer your question, all staff members at my church were always members.  Sorry!

Post # 7
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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@rachelmichelle:  This has been my experience as well.  The secretarial staff and those who were being asked questions by visitors typically were church members, but not all.  The question may come up, but depending on denomination and the culture of the church, it may or may not matter.

Post # 8
1551 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’d agree that it really depends on the church.  I’d guess more conservative churches might at least prefer that you be a member or share the same/similar faith, but I am guessing other churches might just want the best person for the job.

FWIW, in my experience, most churches advertise positions like that inside the church first — they give their own members first dibs.   The fact that they are engaging in outside advertising probably means there are no suitable internal candidates.

Post # 10
5217 posts
Bee Keeper

I think it varies from church to church, but I would definitely be prepared for that question. Our church had an outside cleaning service  that would keep up the buildings, so no ” church affiliation” there but the actual grounds overseer, who was a full time staff member and was also a pastor was, of course, required to go to church. 

I don’t think they would expect a church goer to equal a hard worker. However; they may consider that a church goer or Christian would ” represent” them better, especially if there is a chance he would be around the public or other members. 

Post # 12
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

It depends on the church, but I know my church wouldn’t care at all the religious values of the janitor.

If they ask about his religious views and reject him because of his answer, well, that’s that. Worst they can do is say no. He’d just have to find a job somewhere else.

Post # 13
74 posts
Worker bee

More than likely that subject matter will come up, if it does, perhaps your fiance could tell them exactly what you said explaining that although he has different beliefs or none at all he’s still morally sound with a good work ethic? 

Good luck!

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