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									                                   Minister’s Resume
                                   Guide                                    Certification: List your certification,
                    Novemeber      Ministers Resume Guide:
                                                                            any endorsements, and the date.
               Volume 1, Issue 1
                                   A resume is important
                                   communications tool from to you the      Ministry Experience: This is the
                                   church’s search committee. It lets       most important part! This is the
                                   them know, in a brief written form,      place where you can really excel as
                                   about your qualifications and why        the next great minister at their
                                   they should pursue you as a              church! Use the list of action verbs
                                                                            located at the bottom of this page.
Inside this Issue                  candidate. In today's market, it is
                                                                            Write down everything, which could
                                   critical that a resume be more than
                                   just a listing of personal data and      help communicate your ministry gifts

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        How to organize a resume                                            to the church. Include job title,
                                   work experiences. The resume
                                   should communicate that you are a        where you did this activity, and
                                   great minister! There’s no one right     when.


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        Some do’s and don’ts       way to write a resume. Each resume
                                   is as individual as the person who       Related Experience: This is where
                                   writes it. There are, however,           you list paid or unpaid work which
                                   generally accepted ways of getting       gave you experiences which will

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        Helpful verbs                                                       help you be a better minister--camp
                                   information across to search
                                   committees.                              counselor, chaplain, teacher,
                                   Use the following information as a       volunteer projects & etc.
                                   guideline to draft your resume.


                                   Required Elements of a Resume
                                   Identification: Include your name,
                                   address, phone, and email address.
                                   If you have a current and permanent
                                   address, list both. Your name should
                                   be in the biggest print on the page,
                                   three or four times bigger than the
                                   other print.

                                   Education: List your college             Optional Elements
                                   degree(s) in reverse chronological
                                   order, including school name, city,      The rest of your resume can include
                                   major(s), minor(s), and date(s) of       any of the following elements.
                                   graduation. If you have not yet          Again, choose those which best
                                   graduated, list the date you plan to     equip you for ministry.
                                   graduate. If it's more than a year
                                   from now, indicate that the degree is    Honors and Activities: If you have
                                   "anticipated June 1999." If your         some impressive honors (Dean's
                                   G.P.A. is over 3.0, you may want to      list, any scholarships or
                                   include that as well.                    achievement awards), or activities
                                                                            that relate to ministry, you can list
                                   Personal Mission Statement: This         them.
Sylvan Knobloch                    statement gives the search
Church Staff Development           committee insight into your life goals   Special Skills: Fluency or
sylvanknobloch@ibsa.org            and passions concerning ministry.        proficiency in foreign languages



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using computers to enhance                 initiate... inspect... inspire...
instruction, etc.                          instruct... integrate... interact...        Resume Mechanics
                                           interpret... interview... introduce...      Your resume should look great. It
Professional Preparation: Special          investigate... involve... judge...          communicates as much about you
workshops, seminars, etc. you've           lead... lecture... locate... maintain...    as the clothing you wear to an
participated in, especially those          manage... mediate...                        interview. Take the time and money
which can be quantified.                   mentor…modify... motivate...                to make a first class presentation.
                                           negotiate... observe... obtain...
Professional Memberships: List             operate... order... organize...             Using a computer and a laser printer
those professional associations to         originate... oversee... participate...      is highly recommended. You get top
which you belong. Include any              perceive... perform... persuade...          quality printing and can adapt your
leadership positions or committee          plan... predict... prepare...               resume and cover letter quickly and
memberships.                               prescribe... present... prevent...          easily for each employer.
                                           produce... promote... propose...
Work Experience: Highlight those           prove... provide... publicize...            Usually one page; however, if you
aspects of the job, which are              publish... question.. realize...            have several years of ministry
ministry related. (Training other          receive... recognize... recommend...        experience additional pages may be
employees or working with                  redesign... refer... reinforce...           required. Be brief but give complete
volunteers.)                               relate... reorganize... report...           condense information, focusing on
                                           represent... research... resolve...         ministry.
Do not use passive sentences (e.g.,        review... revise... schedule...
"I was responsible for..."). Start each    screen... select... serve... simplify...    Use a good paper stock. Nothing too
line with an action verb. (e.g.,           solve... speak... stimulate...              flashy: white, ivory, or light gray.
“Implement a capital fund drive…”)         strengthen... structure... substitute...    Get extra paper for matching cover
Do not use personal pronouns. Be           summarize... supervise... support...        letters. The envelope you mail in
concise, but make space to list most       teach... train... transform...              should match too. Consider using an
of your teaching-related experience,       translate... treat... tutor... utilize...   8 1/2" x 11" envelope so your
especially if you are a beginning          verify... write...                          resume reaches the search
teacher.                                                                               committee in immaculate condition.
                                           Career Objective: This is a
Action Verbs: use these verbs to           statement of what kind of ministry          Use bolding, underlining, or
start each sentence on your                position you are seeking. Don't get         italicizing to highlight those words or
resume...                                  too flowery or trite; e.g., "seeking a      phases you want to stand out. Don't
achieve... acted as... active in...        challenging position"--aren't all           overdo it, though.
adapt... administer... advise...           ministry positions challenging?
allocate... analyze... anticipate...                                                   Use perfect grammar, spelling, and
approve... arrange... assess...                                                        punctuation. Have several people
assign... assist... attend... balance...                                               proofread your resume.
budget... calculate... clarify...
coach... communicate... compare...                                                     Make it visually attractive: white
complete... conduct... construct...                                                    space for the eye to rest; no marks,
consult... control... cooperate...                                                     erasures, etc. Use a modern
coordinate... counsel... create...                                                     typeface or font, which is easy to
culminate in... decide... define...                                                    read.
delegate... demonstrate... design...
determine... develop... devise...
diagnose... direct... discover...
display... distribute... document...
draft... earn... edit... eliminate...
employ... enact... encourage...
enforce... enhance... establish...
estimate... evaluate... examine...                                                     Prepared by: Sylvan Knobloch,
expand... explain... express...                                                        Church Staff Development
facilitate... follow up... formulate...                                                Illinois Baptist State Association
gain... generate... guide... handle...                                                 Springfield, IL 62794
identify... illustrate... implement...                                                 217-786-2600 Ext. 133
improve... improvise... incorporate...                                                 Email: sylvanknobloch@ibsa.
increase... influence... inform...


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