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 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.

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