How much truth in Christian job applications? 

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. 



  1. If a church or organisation seeking to employee a Youth Worker is honest or 100% forthcoming about what is required then they only hurt themselves and the employee. It’s vital to lay everything on the table so that you get the right person for the job. I know from experience that this doesn’t occur and yet why are we surprised that the Youth Worker doesn’t hang around as long as expected? It is also on the prospective Youth Worker to do as much digging, questioning, and talking with the right people. i.e. previous YW’s, people who may know the church, other ‘higher-ups’ in the denomination or sector. I find that YW’s go in blind quite often thinking they will find everything out when in reality there are always parts to a new job that are unexpected.

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