Vocational Networking

Stay connected through our Vocational Network


Our alums at Garrett-Evangelical form a vast network of leaders serving all over the world, each answering their vocational calling in a unique and powerful way. The Garrett-Evangelical Vocational Network offers opportunities for developing relationships between Garrett-Evangelical students and alums, for staying connected to the seminary and networking with ministry leaders in your field, and for continuing your vocational discernment and development all along life’s journey.


From mentoring a current Garrett-Evangelical student to gathering for happy hour-style gatherings with alums near you, from serving as an “Admissionary” to prospective students in your area to participating in learning opportunities to grow as a ministry professional, there is a place in the Vocational Network for you to get involved.

Mentor a current student

All incoming students have the opportunity to be paired with a Garrett-Evangelical alum who has shared vocational interests and gifts. As an alum mentor, you will be the student’s partner in vocational discernment and development throughout their degree program.

Career Services

The Office of Vocational Networking provides traditional career services support, including one-on-one vocational planning and job placement assistance, help with resumes and cover letters, mock interviews for both ordination and non-ordination ministry settings, and more.

Association of Theological Schools – Contains information on all theological schools in North America, many of which have job postings that can be viewed by the public.


Association of Clinical Pastoral Education – Includes a directory for all accredited CPE sites, as well as frequent postings for CPE Residency and Supervisory positions.


Association of Professional Chaplains – Contains a job opportunities page that lists chaplain openings and CPE residency positions across the country.


Carney Sandoe & Associates – A service agency utilized by many private K-12 schools in the U.S. and abroad to fill position openings including teachers, administrators, and chaplains.


Career Bliss – An online career community dedicated to helping people find happiness in the workplace.


Career Builder – A large database that allows users to search by position title, keywords, and city.


Chaplaincy Innovation Lab – A list of chaplain-specific job boards to more general job boards.


The Chronicle of Higher Education – Contains a highly utilized jobs site for listings at higher education institutions, including those in faculty and research, administration, executive, and related jobs outside of academia.


Counseling Degree Guide Job Board – Contains a frequently updated list of the most recent mental health and licensed professional counseling job opportunities across the nation and in your area.


Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – Ministry opportunities available in ELCA congregations.


Feminist Majority Foundation – Provides feminists with a space to find jobs that progress the status of women or encompass their passion for social justice.


Glassdoor – An online community where current and former employers submit reviews, salary information, and other helpful tips and information about companies. Also includes job postings.


The Gospel Coalition Job Board – a streamlined job search that connects candidates with like-minded ministries and churches through a searchable database.


Higher Ed Jobs – A popular job listing site with listings for faculty, adjunct faculty, instructors, campus ministers, administrators, and more.


Higher Ed 360 – A premier meta-links site for job postings in higher education.


Idealist – A site featuring job openings and other helpful resources for those interested in work in the nonprofit sector.


Indeed – A large database that allows users to search by position title, keywords, and city. Includes a Church/Ministry section for pastoral positions.


LinkedIn Jobs – Search for jobs by keyword or location, or use your existing LinkedIn account to get recommendations based on your profile.


Monster – A global online employment solution for people seeking jobs and the employers who need great people. Also offers free resume assessments, job fit scoring, and career advice.


Student Affairs – One of the largest online job listing sites for college and university administrators with hundreds of position listings and a free resume posting service.


United Church of Christ – Ministry opportunities available in UCC congregations.


The United Methodist Church – Ministry opportunities available in UMC congregations.


ZipRecruiter – A popular online employment marketplace and is rated the #1 Job Search app for iPhone and Android. Also offers a collection of content that is strictly educational, all of which are completely free of charge.

Graduate theological degrees can be translated into many career fields. Here are some ways to talk about the value of your degree with potential employers that are not familiar with these programs:


  • Analytical Skills
    In pursuing a graduate theological education, students are required to do extensive research and to further develop and utilize critical thinking skills.


  • Time Management
    Graduate degree programs allow for flexibility in scheduling classes and completing coursework and assignments. Graduates have proven success in developing timelines and completing large tasks by pre-determined deadlines.


  • Communication Skills
    Completing a graduate degree from Garrett-Evangelical requires competence and skill in a range of writing forms, including concise response papers and summaries as well as lengthy, in-depth research papers. Additionally, graduates have refined their oral communication skills through discussion groups and presentations in the classroom, often through preaching courses as well.


  • Thinking Across Disciplines
    A graduate theological degree from Garrett-Evangelical requires examining topics and issues across various disciplines, and being able to integrate information and concepts in a holistic manner.


  • Intercultural Competency
    Completing a degree from Garrett-Evangelical requires developing basic intercultural and cross-cultural competencies. Graduates are able to effectively and appropriately communicate across difference.


  • Community Engagement
    Some of the most valuable seminary experiences come from engagement with the community through internships and other out-of-classroom experiences. The Field Education program provides the opportunity to engage in work in a variety of settings and then return to the classroom setting for reflection and further integration of academic learning and practical experiences.


  • Empathy
    Completing a degree from Garrett-Evangelical requires developing basic pastoral care skills, including empathy. Graduates are able to engage in conversations with active listening and empathy, and to respond with compassion and care.


Adapted from Prophetic Pathways: Exploring Vocation at Vanderbilt Divinity School

Handshake x Garrett

Garrett has partnered with Handshake, a career management platform that can help you discover career paths, find amazing jobs, and network with other ministry professionals. Access to Handshake is provided by as a part of the vocational resources we offer to all Garrett students and alums. Garrett uses Handshake as an online job board system to help students and alums find full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities.

Handshake is a powerful, modern platform that enables employers to search for and manage relationships with top talent at schools across the country. Through your Handshake account, you will be able to post jobs, schedule interviews, collect resumes, and more! Garrett uses Handshake as an online job board system to help Garrett students and alumni find full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities.


To post your position, click here to log-in or follow the instructions below to register for aen employer Handshake account and connect with Garrett.


Instructions for Creating an Employer Handshake Account


Please utilize your work email address to create an ‘Employer Account’ in Handshake via: https://app.joinhandshake.com/employer_registrations/new


Next, follow the below instructions:


    1. Fill out the information requested, indicate the types of students you wish to recruit, and click ‘Next: Employer Guidelines’.
    2. You will then be asked if you are a third party recruiter; select “Yes” or “No” appropriately.
    3. After reading the “terms of service” and “privacy policy” click ‘Next: Confirm Email’.
    4. You will receive a confirmation email within 10 minutes with a link enabling you to verify your account. You won’t be able to proceed with the registration process until your account has been confirmed. If needed, it is advised to check your spam folder first before utilizing the Confirmation Email Troubleshooting Guide.
    5. When you click the link to confirm your account, you will be brought back to Handshake and be given the opportunity to ‘Find and join your company’ (an approval request will be sent to the existing staff members for security purposes which protects your organization’s brand on the site and reduces the number of fraudulent employers on Handshake) OR, if your company does not have an existing Handshake profile, to ‘Create New Company’.
    6. Next, you can begin connecting with schools (Step 4) by clicking the ‘Next: Connect to Schools’ tab located on the upper right side of the screen. You can search for a particular school (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary) by clicking in the search bar and pressing the grey plus sign. Once the school is added, there will be a blue check mark. Then click ‘Next: Finish’.
    7. Once you have been approved at your company or created a new one, and approved by Garrett, you can start using Handshake to connect with Garrett students and alums!


If you have any questions or need assistance setting up your profile, please contact Rev. Katye Chambers.

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Ordination Support Group

Alums in the United Methodist ordination process are welcome to join our Ordination Support Group for support, resources, and encouragement.

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Toolbox Workshops

Open to alums, this series of co-curricular workshops provide tools and skills needed for fruitful and effective leadership and ministry that fall outside the scope of the academic curriculum.

Serve as an “Admissionary”

Time and time again prospective students tell us they heard about Garrett-Evangelical because their pastor, campus minister, mentor, etc. is one of our beloved alums. If you are interested in serving as an “Admissionary” and connecting with prospective students in your area, contact our Admissions Team!

Haley Martin

Vocational Networking Staff

Katye Chambers

Rev. Katye Chambers

Director of Innovation and Lifelong Formation

Honorio Morales

Honorio Morales

Coordinator of Advanced and Specialized Programs