When God says, “Follow me,” do you know how?
If you work in Christian ministry, it’s likely that at some point in your career God will call you from one church to another. Do you know how to make this transition effectively? Moving can be scary and full of questions: Where do I start the job search process? Which people do I talk with, and what do I send to them? How do I know if my family and I will fit in at a new church? And how do I tell people I’m leaving?
This book is intended to help you answer those questions so that the hiring process goes well. And when the hiring process does go well, a lot of pain can be avoided—for the pastor and the church.
What we pastors need is solid coaching that is theologically informed and practically oriented. We need to know how the gospel empowers us to interview with both humility and confidence. We need anecdotes from real hiring processes, and we need detailed strategies for every step of the way, so we can transition with excellence, protect our families, respect the church, and honor God.
Don’t Just Send a Resume also features short contributions from 10 published authors and ministry leaders, including:
David Mathis | executive editor for desiringGod.org, pastor at Cities Church, and author.
Sam Rainer | lead pastor of West Bradenton Baptist Church, president of Rainer Research, the co-founder/co-owner of Rainer Publishing, and author of several books.
Chris Brauns | senior pastor at the Red Brick and author of several books, including When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search.
Jared C. Wilson | director of content strategy for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and author of several books, including The Imperfect Disciple, The Prodigal Church, and Gospel Wakefulness.
Cara Croft | director of Women’s Ministry for Practical Shepherding, co-author of the book The Pastor’s Family, and wife to pastor and author Brian Croft.
J.A. Medders | the lead pastor of Redeemer, author of several books, and host of the Home Row podcast for writers.
William Vanderbloemen | CEO and Founder of Vanderbloemen Search Group and author of Next, Search, and Culture Wins.
Jeremy Writebol | pastor at Woodside Bible Church and the Executive Director of Gospel-Centered Discipleship.
Dave Harvey | Executive Director of Sojourn Network, the teaching pastor at Summit Church, author of several books, and founder of AmICalled.com.
Kristen Wetherell | coauthor of Hope When It Hurts, a Bible teacher, content manager at Unlocking the Bible, and wife of pastor Brad Wetherell.
About the Author
BENJAMIN VRBICEK (M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary) is a teaching pastor at Community Evangelical Free Church in Harrisburg, PA. Benjamin and his wife, Brooke, have six children. He blogs regularly and has written for Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and For The Church. He is the author of Struggle Against Porn.
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Introduction: Set the Proper Foundation
1. Write Custom Cover Letters and Resumes
2. Correspond like a Professional
3. Gain the Legit Factor
4. Network and Search for Openings
5. Understand the Hiring Process
6. Over-Prepare for Interviews
7. Evaluate the Transplant Criteria
8. Ask Lots of Questions
9. Talk about Money
10. Finish Strong
11. Restart Strong
12. Overflow with Gratitude