Are We Too Harsh In Church Recruiting?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to receive a cover letter and application from a heroic and prominent leader of the Bible? The normal resume flow consists of applicants professing their accomplishments and experience. But what if your HR team received an application from someone like Peter, an original disciple who is known for his denial of Christ.
Businesses and organizations realize that they have to hire people based on the applicant mentality of "putting your best foot forward." Like you, we get it. It's easier to mask our mistakes and flaunt our accomplishments in order to show that we are the best candidate for the job. On the other hand we also understand the possible frustration that comes with having to accept that mentality. Pastors looking for jobs are afraid that if they share their faults, and their failures that they won't be accepted by the Church. Church jobs are held in such esteem, but they are staffed with people who are sinners like the rest of us.
Is it easier to fall victim to this process and turn a blind eye to the potential risks of hiring your "everyday" applicant or would you rather hear it all and have the added weight of their struggles and past failings to manage and assess the risk yourself? Is there a third option?
Take a look at this cover letter from Peter.
Would your church hire him?
Dear member of Christ,
I am extremely interested in the pastoral position that your church is looking to fill and I believe that I would make a valuable addition to your team.
I left my profession as a fisherman to follow Jesus Christ, one of the the greatest known Rabbis in all of history. As one of his 12 disciples, I gained leadership and teaching skills that align me with your beliefs and with the qualifications you are seeking.
I have a vast amount of experience when it comes to preaching the Gospel and have been personally trained and commissioned by Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations.
I had a major role in the revival at Jerusalem where I was the keynote speaker. Three thousand were baptized and added to the community of believers that day. I also partnered with Christ to heal a man over 40 who was crippled from birth, ministered healing to the sick as my shadow fell upon them and was called a pillar of the church by Paul of Taurus.
Though I am known for these miraculous signs and wonders I am also well known for my public denial of Jesus. I have struggled with insecurity, fear and shame because of what I did but it has taught me the grace of God and the depths of His unconditional love.
I think I would be a great asset to your already blessed and established church community and hope to help you maintain your outstanding reputation and join you in reaching the world with the love of Jesus.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
Pretty impressive, right? Does his honesty about his public denial of Christ cause you to doubt or question his character? Or are you appreciative that he included that information?
Say you decide to take the next step in the application process and set up a phone interview. During the phone interview, you hear more of his heart. He tells you about his insecure and impetuous past and his impulsive tendencies. You then find out that he has a criminal past and was arrested for proclaiming the Gospel...but this led to the conversion of 5,000 people.
What do you think?
Would you hire Peter to be your pastor?
What if there were a third party in this process...
A service that could give you a chance to hear from Peter, to hear his passion and hear his heart changing story.
Wouldn't that be nice?