Dear Church Members:
I understand that your pulpit is vacant and I am writing to apply for
the position as your pastor. Although I was not raised as a Christian,
and in fact actively opposed Christians for many years, I am now devoted to my
I have never received any training, and in fact don’t have any degrees
on my wall, or really any walls to call my own. My preaching
generally receives positive results, although a youth once fell asleep during a
sermon and then fell out the window where he was sitting to his death. A
little timid in person, I am a prolific writer and have been said to be very
bold in my pronouncements.
Although I have had health issues, I am
praying to God for help, and these have not stopped me from accomplishing a great
deal. Most of the churches I have served have been very small by contemporary
standards, and I have never stayed in any one place for longer than three
years. In addition, I haven’t really gotten along well with other
religious leaders in those communities. In fact some have threatened me,
and even attacked me physically, and sometimes I have been forced to flee after
my work has caused riots and other disturbances.
Although I am well regarded as an organizer, I am not a good record
keeper and have even been known to forget who I have baptized. Most of
the churches I have been involved with think well of me, and have been willing
to support me during my several imprisonments. And, I must also admit,
that I am responsible for the violent death of at least one
But I have had several people convert to Christianity during my
ministry, and am also responsible for a few healings as well. In
addition, when the church has been unable to pay my salary I have been able to
support myself, and my travels, through a trade.
I thank you for considering my application, and if you can use me I
promise to do my best for you.
Yours in Christ,
Paul of Tarsus