I know she’s just being helpful, but…
My mother keeps sending me e-mails about church jobs in their area… It gets harder and harder to act interested. It helps a bit that they are all SBC churches that she hears about, since my father is the pastor of an SBC church, and before I had come to accept my atheism I was defiantly not looking for employment by another SBC church. My family probably assumes I’m mostly interested in PCA churches, one of the two more conservative of the Presbyterian denominations active around here, but really I was looking more to PCUSA and possibly UMC or CBF churches, some of the more liberal denominations, or especially Episcopal churches. As much because these churches tend to do more classical styles of music than the SBC as because they tend to have a more liberal theology.
Of course, now that I am being honest with myself I can’t imagine applying for a job at a church. But my family doesn’t know that, of course, so they keep telling me about jobs that I couldn’t apply to. And each time it is harder to not just say, “I’m not interested in working for the church anymore because I no longer believe in God.” One day maybe I’ll be in a spot where I can tell her the truth, I’m not there yet.
Edit: I should probably call the CBF, UMC, and maybe the Episcopal church moderate, but for the purposes here I’m comparing the other denominations to the SBC and PCA, in which case the other denominations I mentioned are, indeed, more liberal (moderate is more liberal than conservative). I just wanted to make sure that I didn’t irritate some of my readers who may be a part of those denominations while considering them not to be liberal. I tend to think of them as liberal since the time I have spent in church was in the SBC and PCA churches.