It's one thing to earn the degree, it's another to land the job. The Office of Vocational Networking is here to help you find the right career path and job placement after seminary. Through traditional career services, ordination support groups, and more, we are here to help you find and get the job that will take you into the next phase of your journey.
The Office of Vocational Networking provides traditional career services assistance, including one-on-one vocational planning for all students and job placement assistance for graduating students. Resources provided include helping students write resumes and cover letters, articulate the transferrable skills of a theological degree into non-religious workplaces, prepare for job interviews, and more.
Annual Conference Visits
Annual Conference Visits
Garrett-Evangelical routinely welcomes to campus representatives from United Methodist Annual Conferences across the country to visit with students about ministry opportunities and appointments in their area. We believe this program will help create a smoother transition for our students as they graduate from Garrett-Evangelical and discern next steps in both lay and clergy positions.
Vocations in Ministry Lunch Series
This monthly lunch invites people currently doing fantastic ministry in fields outside of congregational leadership (public ministry, pastoral care and counseling, etc.) to come and speak with students about how they got into their current position, how they see their work as ministry, and to offer best practices and practical advice for how to get a job in their field after graduating from Garrett-Evangelical. Our hope is to inspire students to be creative with their own calls to ministry and to think critically about how theological education influences and supports the work of ministry.
You can watch recordings of some of our past speakers on Garrett's YouTube channel.
Sampling of Past Speakers:
- Aina Gutierrez, Executive Director of Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse
- Amy Sullivan, national journalist
- Don Baker, founder and former Executive Director of Youth Opportunities United (Y.O.U.)
- Saeed Richardson, Director of Policy, Community Renewal Society
- Claire Bjork, Caring for Common Ground and Earth Partnership (UW Madison)
Job Board Links
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 acollection of content that is strictly educational, all of which are completely free of charge.
Talking About The Value of a Theological Degree
Talking About The Value of a Theological Degree
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:
In pursuing a graduate theological education, students are required to do extensive research and to further develop and utilize critical thinking skills.
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.
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.
Completing a degree from Garrett-Evangelical requires developing basic intercultural and cross-cultural competencies. Graduates are able to effectively and appropriately communicate across difference.
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.
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
Vocational Networking Map (Coming Soon!)
Garrett-Evangelical External Job Board
Garrett-Evangelical's Job Board is a collection of external job full-time and part-time job opportunities around Chicago and beyond, in various denominations, for ordained and non-ordained persons. Please note, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary does not screen or recommend candidates for posted positions, makes no representations regarding the employers or positions listed herein, and takes no responsibility for persons hired into positions advertised on this job board.