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Placement

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Our 4,500 living alumni are engaged in wide variety of vibrant and creative ministries in all 50 states and in over 30 countries. 

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. 

Career Services

Career Services

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.

Ordination Support Group

Ordination Support Group

This group is open to students at any point in the ordination process in The United Methodist Church. During the fall semester, the group meets every other week, rotating between working through the Doctrinal Examination Questions in the Book of Discipline together and group activities centered on the ordination vows of Word, Service, Sacrament, Order, Compassion, and Justice. In the spring semester, the group meets monthly to support and encourage each other. We also offer mock interview sessions each spring for those preparing for DCom or BOM interviews.

One-on-one support is also available for individuals in any denomination or tradition, including reading paperwork and helping students understand their next steps in the ordination process.

Vocations in Ministry Lunch Series

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.

Sampling of Past Speakers:

  • Aina Gutierrez, Executive Director of Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse
  • Amy Sullivan, national journalist
  • Rev. Pat Efiom, Chief Equity Officer for the City of Evanston

Job Boards

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.

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