Faith Shift Quiz – What’s Your Score?

Faith Shift Quiz

As you consider your faith journey at the moment, where you’ve been and where you find yourself now, which of these apply to you?

Keep your score—how many did you get out of 20? 

What would you add to this quiz? 

What describes you right now? 

  1. I used to love engaging with the Bible and now I have no idea quite what to do with it.
  2. I often have a strong allergic reaction to certain Christian words and phrases.
  3. I used to be able to gladly sign particular doctrinal statements and statements of faith and now reading certain ones make me break out in hives.
  4. Most Christian music makes my skin crawl.
  5. I recently cleaned out my bookshelves and felt bad about donating certain books to charity so I just threw them away.
  6. I’ve had moments where I sat in a church parking lot and never got out of my car because I just couldn’t go in.
  7. The church and ministry systems I participated in had even more dysfunction than my dysfunctional family.
  8. I’m worried about my kids; I don’t want all of my faith struggles to mess them up later.
  9. Some of my friends and family members are “praying for me” because they are worried I’m on a slippery slope.
  10. I feel worn out, used, abused, and exhausted by my former church experience.
  11. I’ve been finding life in certain books, articles, podcasts or groups, that before I would have considered heretical or dangerous.
  12. I’m often embarrassed to call myself a Christian anymore because I don’t want to be associated with how people perceive that word.
  13. My views on and personal experience with LGBQT+ equality are a big reason why I’ve found myself on the outside of systems I once lived and loved in.
  14. I’ve been fired from a church leadership position or asked to step out of a ministry position because of my changing beliefs.
  15. Some days I wake up and wonder if I’m an atheist, and then others I wake up and know I can’t shake Jesus.
  16. I am still going to church but not for myself; it’s so I can be with my spouse, my partner, my kids.
  17. I have felt unvalued in my gifts and passions in the church systems I’ve been part of and want to figure out how to serve somewhere that actually wants me.
  18. My spouse or partner is in a totally different place and it makes me feel extra lonely.
  19. The November 2016 election has rocked me more than I expected and caused me to spiral into an even deeper spiritual free-fall but gain an even deeper passion for social justice.
  20. I wish I would have held back some of my tithe over the years to pay for therapy now.

And bonus question:

  1. Even though so much of what I believed is coming or already came apart, I am finding new life in unexpected places and I’m grateful for that.
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  • Mar FromWI

    17 our of the 21. (I no longer worry about my kids, for example :) I absolutely adore #20 and #21. You’re the best!

    • http://www.kathyescobar.com/ kathyescobar

      back at you my fellow sojourner..

  • Anna C

    15. Sigh. I’m not sure where I’ll land, but I feel better for being in motion.

    • http://www.kathyescobar.com/ kathyescobar

      yes, motion is good!

  • Lynn Bolmgren

    #2…!!!! Loved the “allergic reaction” explanation!

    • http://www.kathyescobar.com/ kathyescobar

      :)

  • http://www.maggiejusell.com Maggie

    18/21. *sigh*
    I did count #14, even though I still co-lead a Bible study at a church where I haven’t attended Sunday services for 2 1/2 years. The woman I co-lead with is really the main leader. She’s in her 80s, worked with Bible translation in Guatemala with her husband for 30 years; so she is fully trusted by the pastor (even though she is pretty progressive in her beliefs). She was told by the pastor about 3 years ago that she was my ‘keeper’ and he trusts her to ‘keep an eye on’ me… *sigh* (I sigh a lot lately…)

    • http://www.kathyescobar.com/ kathyescobar

      sigh…love to you my friend. so glad we met!

  • http://livingliminal.blogspot.com.au/ Living Liminal

    “I wish I would have held back some of my tithe over the years to pay for therapy now.”

    Haha! Given the fact that I did end up needing to see a psychologist after the prolonged spiritual abuse I suffered, all I can say is that it would have been a much better use of my money!

    • jekylldoc

      Great moniker.

      • http://livingliminal.blogspot.com.au/ Living Liminal

        Thank you :)

    • http://www.kathyescobar.com/ kathyescobar

      living liminal, with you on that!

  • Jodi Smith

    11 — I didn’t count question 20 because I never thought of that until you said it. But I wish I had thought of it!
    Question 18: He’s in a different place, and doesn’t comprehend the issues that bother me, but he’s NOT a fundamentalist Christian. He — like nearly all my friends — is a rationalist agnostic, quietly waiting for me to get over this “spiritual life” hooey.
    It has been about 40 years since I left the fundamentalist Christians. After many decades with progressive Christianity, I’m ready to move on. Somewhere. Many of these questions resonate with my current situation. I’m guessing I’ll be an odd-man-out here, too, because I’m guessing this site will be mostly about people moving from fundamentalist to progressive Christianity (or, better yet, from fundamentalist to “what Jesus actually said”). And I don’t want to take that away from the people who currently need that.

    • http://www.kathyescobar.com/ kathyescobar

      thanks for sharing your story & my guess it will be a mix of that movement..i love your “better yet”..i think when we just share our own story we never take away from anything! appreciate your comments and so glad you are here!

  • jekylldoc

    Shifted a long time ago. While I understand this quiz, I only score about 3 out of 20. I wish you well with this ministry. I think there are some deeper questions to look into that may be opened up by this set of issues, like “What were we thinking with all that bibliolatry in the first place?”

    • http://www.kathyescobar.com/ kathyescobar

      thanks for sharing and always good to notice big changes…a gift…i love your last question!