Early on, I was someone you might have pegged as headed for “ministry work”. (It was once my tentative goal to be a translator for Wycliffe, for example.) Today I am grateful that I never got to the point of making my paycheck conditional on my beliefs.
@joeld That is a deeply awkward situation for a lot of clergy: they have to hide a crisis of faith or risk losing their livelihood. Lot of quietly-agnostic preachers out there.
@joeld Absolutely. In my youth I pursued ministry because I thought it would lead to significance and spiritual growth; today I'm much better off for it not having materialized.
@joeld uhh, same
@joeld Same. I thankfully and painfully deconstructed before graduating with my bachelor's in Southern Baptist Theology. I did get the degree though, I just wasn't a Southern Baptist.
@joeld AMEN, for the longest time I wanted to teach at an SBC sponsored missionary school in Chile and I'm so grateful I decided to gradually let go of my dangerous idea that something like that would validate that I was a "good Christian girl" that I thought I had to be because dang that was toxic
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