Theology

Choosing a Career in Theology.

The study of theology involves gaining a deeper understanding of one religion generally in the pursuit of being a leader within the religious community. A religious degree can follow one of two paths - the purely academic path or the parochial, theological path that leads to a career in the clergy. The theological approach teaches on a religious indoctrination basis where the student is a participating member of the religion being studied. This degree gives you some perspective of how your religion fits in with the rest of the world - now, in the past, and future.

Mercer's Office of Career Management, in conjunction with the McAfee School of Theology, provides Theology students with resume assistance, interview preparation, and job search assistance. Theology students are encouraged to schedule individual appointments with a member of the Career Management staff as needed. Alumni may also schedule individual appointments.

Exploring a career in the ministry/Interview Questions/Networking

Sample Resume 1

Sample Resume 2
 

DENOMINATIONAL JOB LISTINGS

Southern Baptist Convention
www.sbc.net/jobs/default.asp

United Church of Christ
www.ucc.org/classifieds

REGIONAL BAPTIST JOB RESOURCES

Alabama Baptist
http://www.thealabamabaptist.org/church-positions.php?

Baptist Courier (South Carolina)
www.baptistcourier.com/classifieds.page

Biblical Recorder (North Carolina)
www.biblicalrecorder.org/classifieds.aspx

Christian Index (Georgia)
www.christianindex.org/advertisements.page

Florida Baptist Witness
www.floridabaptistwitness.com/classifieds.fbw

Tennessee Baptist Convention
www.tnbaptist.org/category.asp?cat=jobs

More employment links...

PERIODICAL CLASSIFIEDS

Baptists Today
www.baptiststoday.org/classifieds.htm

Christian Century
www.christiancentury.org/classifieds.lasso#helpwanted

Christianity Today
www.christianitytoday.com/career


FAITH-BASED AND SOCIAL JUSTICE OPPORTUNITIES

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)
www.acpe.edu/jobs.htm

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM)
http://agrm.org/jobs.shtml

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
http://www.crs.org/about/careers/

Higher Education Ministries Arena (HEMA)
www.higheredmin.org

Idealist.org
www.idealist.org

North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW)
www.nacsw.org/JobnetAnnouncement.htm

National Association of Church Personnel Administrators (NACPA)
www.nacpa.org/services/jobs.htm

National Council of Churches (NCC)
www.ncccusa.org/jobs/jobshome.html


GENERAL CHURCH-RELATED JOB SITES

ChildrensMinistries.org
www.childrensministries.org

ChristiaNet.com
www.christianet.com/christianjobs/index.htm

ChristianJobs.com
www.christianjobs.com

ChurchJobs.net
www.churchjobs.net

Church Jobs Online
www.churchjobsonline.com

ChurchStaffing.com
www.churchstaffing.com/

Ministry Link
www.csbsju.edu/sot/MinistryLink/

MinistryEmployment.com
www.ministryemployment.com

MinistryJobs.com
www.ministryjobs.com


MILITARY CHAPLAINCY

U.S. Air Force
www.usafhc.af.mil

U.S. Army
www.goarmy.com/chaplain

U.S. Navy (Coast Guard and Marines also)
www.navy.com/careers/officer/clergy


BAPTIST ORGANIZATIONS


Alliance of Baptists                                           Associated Baptist Press
www.allianceofbaptists.org                                www.abpnews.com

Baptist Joint Comm. for Religious Liberty         Baptist Peace Fellowship
www.bjcpa.org                                                   www.bpfna.org

Baptist Women in Ministry                                 Baptists Today
www.bwim.info                                                   www.baptiststoday.org 

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF)                CBF of Georgia
www.thefellowship.info                                        www.cbfga.org

Georgia Baptist Convention                                Smyth & Helwys Publishing
www.gabaptist.org                                               www.helwys.com
 


PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Association of Professional Chaplains                  Amer. Assoc. of Christian Counselors
www.professionalchaplains.org                             www.aacc.net

Amer. Assoc. of Christian Schools                        Amer. Assoc. of Pastoral Counselors
www.aacs.org                                                        www.aapc.org  

Association of Christian Schools Intl.                    Corporate Chaplains of America
www.acsi.org/                                                        www.iamchap.org

Dept. of Veterans Affairs Chaplains                       Federation of Fire Chaplains
www.chaplain.med.va.gov/chaplain                       www.ffcfirechaplains.org

Hospital Chaplains’ Ministry Intl.                            Conference of Police Chaplains
www.hcmachaplains.org                                        www.icpc4cops.org

Military Chaplains Assoc. of the U.S.                     Natl. Assoc. of Church Business Admin.
www.mca-usa.org                                                  www.nacba.net

National Christian Counselors Association            Religion Newswriters Association
www.ncca.org                                                         www.religionwriters.com



BOOKS

Calling and Character: Virtues of the Ordained Life by William H. Willimon

Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life by Gregg Levoy*

Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger*

A Dresser of Sycamore Trees: The Finding of a Ministry by Garret Keizer

Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer

Opportunities in Religious Service Careers by John Oliver Nelson

Personality Type and Religious Leadership by Roy M. Oswald and Otto Kroeger

Sorting It Out: Discerning God’s Call to Ministry by Alice R. Cullinan

The Undiscovered Self by Carl Jung*

What Color Is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles*

The Wounded Healer by Henri J. M. Nouwen

Your Ministry’s Next Call by Gary Fenton

The Big Book of Job Descriptions for Ministry: Identifying Opportunities and Clarifying Expectations for Ministry by Larry Gilbert and Cindy Spear*


Note:

*Available in the Career Resource Library located in the ACC building, Suite 318.