After several forays into the Lubbock Texas church market, I am pursuing other options, mostly at the esteemed Texas Tech University. I really do enjoy working with college students and helping them explore and develop during some very important years, so Tech seemed like as good a place as any to continue my job search. So far… I am striking out. Even though I have 5 years of experience in education, four of which were at a liberal arts college in Colorado, I can’t seem to make much of a splash in the hiring/ gene-pool. The problem is that my Master’s Degree is relatively worthless. Don’t get me wrong, the breadth and depth of my MDiv program from George Fox Seminary was great and certainly applicable to a wide variety of situations. The problem is that outside the church, the Master’s of Divinity is a non-issue because nobody knows what it is. In fact, the moment they catch the whiff of churchy-ness, the degree seems to become even more suspect. The fact of the matter is that the quality and qualifications of a person holding an MDiv are somewhat irrelevant because it appears to be such a specialized degree and is perceived to be nothing more than a vestigial novelty to those outside the Christian universe. This is particularly annoying to me because I worked my tail off and got a 4.0. Yes, there are many specialized degrees out there, but the MDiv is not like a JD or RN degree; it’s far worse, for even in those contexts a person with said degree can get hired at any firm or healthcare network regardless of what they believe or what their denominational background is. Not so in the church world. I have learned the hard way that most churches and campus ministries only list the MDiv requirement as a formality. They don’t really care about your degree or your GPA, extracurricular activities etc. All they really want is someone who grew up and is dyed in the wool from the same denomination, who will tote the party line, never challenge them and who thinks exactly like they do. Frankly, I am sick of the little church-world. Apparently I am not worthy to work in it, and the MDiv does not compute anywhere else. At least I have my student loans to keep me company. Thanks, seminary.