No not the call to have honest job adverts, you know the ones I mean; ‘church requires dynamic disciple making pioneering person’ , just to help a church make different tray bakes at the coffee morning. So whilst the over egging the pudding in terms of job advert is to be challenged, in order that it is more realistic. This isn’t about this.
As might be a much more important thing; being honest and truthful about the job to the new applicant.
In both my last two jobs there have been large enough skeletons in the closet that possibly should have been disclosed to a new worker heading into a new situation.
Is there a responsibility, especially in what might be said to be faith based organisation/churches to inform new applicants the truth about a new job situation before they arrive, especially if it’s the kind of thing they’re not going to ask in an interview. And if they don’t ask should people be actively told?
As a result new employees at least know what they are heading into as a challenge, rather than find out 1-3-6-12 months later when in post.
Maybe there are safeguards in churches due to denominational affiliation, but that’s not always the same in lay ministry settings like youthwork, and whilst we might give away information would we be truthful to the point where it might scare people off.?
It’s about now that post are being filled for youthwork roles starting in September, and so if you’re about to employ a youthworker in whatever role might you as a Christian not withhold what might be true about a role and trust that the person might take it anyway?
Maybe in an era of post-truth that in our employment processes christians and churches are to deal more with truth and reality than selling and persuading when it comes to employing new people.
After all there’s nothing worse that a) feeling lied to, or b) finding it all out anyway and having to deal in and with the mess.