Pastors Who Didn’t Make the Cut

Having recently gone through the search team process of a church, I found this post by my friend William Vanderbloemen especially funny. And, true. William didn’t write this, it has been around a while, but I’m glad he shared it again. (By the way, if you are looking for staff for your church, William can help.)

Pastors, just so you are reminded, most (actually all…but for my self-righteous friends I’ll say most) of us wouldn’t qualify for any position in the church if it weren’t for grace!

Enjoy:

Search Committee Report:

The following is a confidential report on several candidates being considered for our new Pastor.

Adam: Good man but problems with his wife. Also one reference told of how his wife and he enjoy walking nude in the woods.

Noah: Former pastorate of 120 years with not even one convert. Prone to unrealistic building projects.

Abraham: Though the references reported wife-swapping, the facts seem to show he never slept with another man’s wife, but did offer to share his own wife with another man.

Joseph: A big thinker, but a braggart, believes in dream-interpreting, and has a prison record.

Moses: A modest and meek man, but poor communicator, even stuttering at times. Sometimes blows his stack and acts rashly. Some say he left an earlier church over a murder charge.

David: The most promising leader of all until we discovered the affair he had with his neighbor’s wife.

Solomon: Great preacher but our relocation costs for all his wives are out of our budget.

Elijah: Prone to depression. Collapses under pressure.

Elisha: Reported to have lived with a single widow while at his former church.

Hosea: A tender and loving pastor but our people could never handle his wife’s occupation.

Deborah: Strong leader and seems to be anointed, but she is female.

Jeremiah: Emotionally unstable, alarmist, negative, always lamenting things, reported to have taken a long trip to bury his underwear on the bank of a foreign river.

Isaiah: On the fringe? Claims to have seen angels in church. Has trouble with his language.

Jonah: Refused God’s call into ministry until he was forced to obey by getting swallowed up by a great fish. He told us the fish later spit him out on the shore near here. We hung up.

Amos: Too backward and unpolished. With some seminary training he might have promise, but has a hang-up against wealthy people–might fit in better in a poor congregation.

Melchizedek: Great credentials at current work place, but where does this guy come from? No information on his resume about former work records. Every line about parents was left blank and he refused to supply a birth date.

John: Says he is a Baptist, but definitely doesn’t dress like one. Has slept in the outdoors for months on end, has a weird diet, and provokes denominational leaders.

Peter: Too blue collar. Has a bad temper-even has been known to curse. Had a big run-in with Paul in Antioch. Aggressive, but a loose cannon.

Paul: Powerful CEO type leader and fascinating preacher. However, short on tact, unforgiving with younger ministers, harsh and has been known to preach all night.

James & John: Package deal preacher & associate seemed good at first, but found out they have an ego problem regarding other fellow workers and seating positions. Threatened an entire town after an insult. Also known to try to discourage workers who didn’t follow along with them.

Timothy: Too young!

Methuselah: Too old . . . WAY too old!

Jesus: Has had popular times, but once his church grew to 5000 he managed to offend them all, and then this church dwindled down to twelve people. Seldom stays in one place very long. And, of course, he’s single.

Judas: His references are solid. A steady plodder. Conservative. Good connections. Knows how to handle money. We’re inviting him to preach this Sunday. Possibilities here.

I decided to add a few of my own favorites:

Gideon: Seems to struggle with self confidence. Afraid to take a risk. Can’t seem to make a decision quickly.

Thomas: Wouldn’t interview over the phone. Said he wouldn’t believe it was a us unless he saw us in person. Weird.

Barnabas: Too positive. Couldn’t find anything bad to say about anyone. Seemed suspicious for anyone working in the church.

Matthew: Shady business background. Sources say he was a crook.

Judas (The other Judas): Claims to have walked with Jesus. Found him on an old list, but could find no record of his actual service.

Samuel: Seems to have a hard time listening. We said his name three times. He just looked at the ceiling and said, “What? You talking to me?”

Daniel: Nice young man, but seems to defy authority.

Could you add more?

Are you thankful for grace?

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25 thoughts on “Pastors Who Didn’t Make the Cut

  1. Stephen – Really handsome face, but he's long-winded, tries to summarize the whole Bible in every sermon. Then his application points are always very angry and accusatory. Also, he's divisive – after just one sermon, he split the whole church in multiple locations! Alas he seems to have gone quiet and we can't get hold of him for an interview.

  2. Eutychus- This young man means well, but he cannot tolerate heat, which makes him very tired and accident-prone

    Luke- Solid on organizational skills, but has the tendency to change point-of-view in mid-sentence.

    Titus- Refuses to contextualize to the surrounding culture.

    The author of Hebrews- Who is this guy? Obviously, he doesn't care to draw attention to himself! Also, his sermons are a bit long for today's average listener (45 minutes!) This is possible another reason we don't like Paul.

    Lazarus- Fumbled on the biggest book opportunity ever (another case against Paul). Allows his friends to spin him around.

    Matthias- Only experience to tell of is substitute preaching. We also hear he's tied to gambling of some sort.

    Zacchaeus- A wee little man, and a wee little man is he! His tree-climbing abilities would make him a great youth pastor. Unfortunately, his bad reputation with his previous church and with the government make him a no-go.

    James- Writes strawy epistles and believes we are justified by works.

    John of Patmos- Doesn't appear to have any math or chronology skills. Too controversial.

    Nicodemus- Always asks the hard questions in the middle of the night.

    Job- seems to think he's righteous, even when his friends disagree.

    Samson- suicidal and tells others how they can kill him. And yet, according to some, he is a faithful man (another reason we don't like the author of Hebrews)

  3. There's another list going aruond with descriptions like these about people in the Bible who were used by God. It's so funny but it's encouraging too. If God can use unadjusted and weird people like that there's hope for us ;)

  4. Shows me even more how unworthy I am of His marvelous, wonderful matchless Grace and unmerited favor. I certainly can understand God’s wrath but never His amazing love…so blessed and thankful…..