Would you hire someone at your church with a visible tattoo?

A few weeks ago, the HR Capitalist posted a blog called “The New Rules of Tattoos in the Marketplace“.  This was written for a secular blog, but I wondered what it would be like in the church.

Here are the new rules, according to the HR Capitalist:

1. Single Tattoos are no longer taboo – you have the cross, the barbed wire, a pacrim symbol for something, whatever.

2. We only assign max creativity to people with large portions of their upper torso covered.

3. No tattoos is starting to come back in style as “interesting” within some segments of the population.

4. Some single tattoos are seen as weak, meaning follower, etc.  Seriously. 


That caused another HR blog to do a survey, and the results were surprising:

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This seems a little more realistic to what I think things would look like in the church.

About 47% say it would be ok.  My guess is that’s still pretty high for church standards.

I know that of the people we’ve interviewed in the past two years, I would say that probably half had a tattoo of some type.

And probably about a quarter of our staff (at one time or another over the past couple of years) have some kind of markings.

What about you?

Would YOU hire someone with a tattoo?

Or is it still taboo?



  • Steve Miller July 16, 2013 Reply

    I’m pretty open to artistic expression, it would depend on the tattoo and the individual. Someone with a swastika on their forehead is probably not getting hired but someone with an ixthus on their arm is cool.

    Tattoos are a form of communicating, it says something about the core individual, I would first look at the message they are trying to convey; I think some more conservative types probably have more trouble with the mode of communication rather than the actual message.

  • Jeff Ruble July 16, 2013 Reply

    I do not like body markings! I think they are hideous especially when it comes to women. But with that I could not refuse someone a job if they are the right person for the job.
    It would also depend on the type of marking it was. If they had both arms covered to where it looked like they where wearing a 70s shirt probably not going to fly with me and the hiring staff.
    But I have seen and heard of people getting conviction and having them removed before hand.

  • Leonard Lee July 16, 2013 Reply

    I would and have. I took my daughter to get her first tattoo because I wanted to make sure it was because of something good in her heart not something missing in her heart that she wanted it. Heck, I even paid for it… She is an adult.

  • bishopdave July 16, 2013 Reply

    We have a pre-school at our church. One of the teachers always wears long sleeves. Ran into her in the grocery stoor with short sleeves. She has zombies with blood dripping from their mouths on both arms. I’m guessing she interviewed with long sleeves. Wouldn’t have gotten hired if they had been visible. She’s a good teacher (been here 3 years) but as a parent if you saw those would you care to leave your 2 yr old with her.

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