A Rich Compliment

Recently I applied to work as the executive director for an organization that does work with the church overseas. I was really hopeful in getting the position because it would have allowed me to teach and instruct those in the ministry, even though this was a non-ordained position.

But I was rejected. The reason? I will let you read the response:

Dear Timothy

Thank you for your interest in the position of Executive Director of (overseas ministry) and your resume.

It is clear that you have acquired considerable skills and experience in your career to date and have much to offer. But the search committee was concerned after reading several of your blogs that your (very) conservative doctrinal views were not a good fit with the values and progressive direction of our ministry.

Thank you again for your application.

In Him,

I took the name out because I don’t wish to degrade the organization in any way. I really feel that they are of great service to the body of Christ and I was hoping, even with my “conservative doctrinal views” that I would still get the position and help them with their ministry.

The point is: while some may see my “conservative doctrinal views” as a bad thing, I feel like this organization paid me one of the highest compliments they could have. To me, to be conservative biblically is to be true to what the Bible says about God, man, and the salvation God provides. The more we move toward what scripture says, the more honoring we are to God.

This compliment is very similar to what a lady back in Roswell said about me before I left.  She complained to one of the elders that I never said anything new, and that she had heard everything I had preached upon before. She meant it as an insult. I took it as a compliment.

I don’t want to be new, original, flashy, or creative. I want to preach and teach God’s word as it has been given. Hopefully, someday, the door will open back up and there will be some conservatively-minded church looking for me to proclaim God’s wonderful, and unchanging, word to them for their spiritual edification.

As for my conservative positions, I have also been told that I should soften what I say on this blog, because it might eventually lead to the reality of me not getting hired. To those who have warned me, you may think this is your moment. It is not. I would rather people hire me for who I am, than who they think I am. While the former leads to quicker employment, it only ends in strife. I would rather be where God has called me to be, in a position where I can be true to my convictions, than be in a ministry that requires me to punt my convictions.

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6 thoughts on “A Rich Compliment

  1. As soon as I saw the words ‘progressive direction of our ministry’, I knew there would be ‘trouble’. It is sad, that an organization you wanted to help turned you down like this.

    But you are blessed, according to what Jesus says in the Beatitudes, regarding being ‘reviled’ for His sake. And as the above poster says: ‘Congrats on your recent rejection!’

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  2. But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: ¶ Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. (1 Peter 3:14-16)

    And today we see these word fulfilled again.

    Nicely done, Timothy!

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