Got a rejection letter from the Foundation Beyond Belief job. It hurts a bit but I’m grateful they at least told me where I stand. Other jobs just don’t bother ever contacting me.


In other news:
We are out of alcohol in our house and I don’t get paid till the 15th. Should I start a GoFundMe?


16 thoughts on “Rejection

  1. I’ve been enjoying your blog and know that as one grieves the loss of a church family, there can be many temptations, so here is a verse for you: Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary, the bitch who shall not be named, walketh about as a roaring lion, seeking whom she may devour. I think Peter said that.

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  2. I wish I had the money to send you, so that you could get your drink on. check the couch cushions and coat pockets, hopefully you’ll find some thing in one of those


  3. So if you are getting rejection letters, and other jobs don’t even reply, must tell you something…..Are you applying for jobs that suit your quals?…For example, the job you referenced in NY having something to do with advertising and marketing appeared to me to be way beyond typical Education and experience realities of Pastors…I don’t know your background. Keep in minds, Job adverts, are carefully constructed – they are expensive – and every sentence means something. To gloss over them and think one qualify’s generally speaking, sets one up for disappointment. In that job referenced, each sentence called for significant expertise by professionals with a specialized background….I know…My strength is my writing, and I have been encouraged to write a book….But one time I worked for a boss who had been in Public affairs and newspaper business…..He humbled me in a hurry, when some of my memo’s came back unapproved….So much for my renowned writing abilities….Anyway, to reiterate ” .Are you applying for jobs that suit your quals?. Look at all job adverts, and be realistic to a fault.


  4. Further to my previous Post…Once you spot a job like, that fits you after doing a realistic, critical assessment of yourself,…Don’t immediately ship off a generic Resume. Research that position, talk to previous incumbents, the supvsr. of that function if possible, study company annual reports, business plans and objectives etc, Than carefully customize your resume highlighting stuff about yourself that would make you a unique fit to that information…Not fluff, but hard data. Keep in mind, you may be the only one doing that…Good for you!
    Forgive me if this is all well known to you and I am telling you stuff that is self-evident……I’ve spent many years on the other side of the table assessing applicants..

    I have had several pastor friends, and I want you guys to do well when you move on. I admire their ability to do the pastoring thing.

    Some elements of the Human Resource Management field I think matches Pastoring skills. But that is another topic.


  5. And finally…Phew…Don’t think a covering letter carefully written, customizes your resume…..It should be no more than, “Please accept my enclosed resume for the position of …………….” I look forward to exploring the opportunity you offer..Sincerely……………Or something along that line.


  6. Got a rejection letter from the Foundation Beyond Belief job.

    Did you research that job as discussed above, and customized your resume…..If in fact you applied that way…….Or did you research the thing every which way, before applying in person….Were you able to present yourself as closely matching the profile of the kind of person they wanted…Did you have a clear idea of what that profile consisted of, beyond how they described the job in the advert?

    Awright, enuf already…Mercifully I’m outta here.


  7. A well worded, “I need money for one bottle of beer” might bring in $20k. How much did the potato salad dude bring in?

    I’d gladly buy you a beer.


  8. Pastor,

    Your story so far has been unreal. You’ve done a fantastic job of describing both the inner turmoil and the social minefield often associated with loss of religious faith. One aspect of this experience I’m still curious about: How in the world do you still manage to write and deliver coherent sermons? I grew up in a Lutheran (ELCA) church and always imagined that after a few years pastors could lead the liturgy with no mental effort – automatically, robotically. The only aspect of any (non-holiday) service that varied substantially was the sermon. How are you managing this? Until recently, I had a job that frequently required me to communicate and sell an idea I knew was overwhelmingly a cynical, deliberate distraction from a much larger and more intransigent problem. Doing so – feigning enthusiasm, scripting arguments entirely reliant on logical fallacies, associating my public identity with an obvious lie – predictably made me lose my mind.

    I guess what I’m asking is this: How have you continued to publicly communicate a set of ideas you’ve largely discarded, to the same standard you did when you believed? How do you write your sermons now? Have you had to change your processes to account for your non-belief? Does it feel like telling a lie, or more just like writing fiction? How would you describe the experience of physically standing in the pulpit, looking at your congregation, and preaching ideas you know to be false and harmful?

    As always, I do hope you’re doing well and managing to keep your bearings. Take care and do know the story you’re telling is as helpful as it is brave.

    – @HumanistFury

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    • You know the bible does have a lot of great concepts and ideas (mixed in with the terrible ones). I believe Humanism had it’s start, or at least a strong showing, in pre-reformation Christianity. Erasmus of Rotterdam being the obvious example. So I try to take the best parts of Jesus and the Bible and present religious-humanism sermons. I do have elements of spirituality which I must include in my sermons that I believe are completely fictitious. It’s very difficult to preach those so I almost always couch them in such away so that people who doubt God can still feel encouraged that there is someone looking out for them in the heavens. The hardest part about preaching spiritual concepts is that I wish it was true. Sunday’s are difficult for me because it feels like I still live with a now divorced partner. You still remember what it’s like to be friends and in love, but you aren’t anymore. It’s painful.

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