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Career Development

These resources are available to students as they are looking for a place to live out God's call in the world after graduation.

Note: There is a separate listing of off-campus student jobs for current students.


Online resources

Assessment tools

Career Key: based on Holland’s theory of vocational choice based on personality traits

Job Hunters Bible: interactive topics based on ‘What Color is Your Parachute’

Keirsey Temperament Sorter II: based on Myers Briggs personality types

LifeKeys assessment opportunities  

MAPP: Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential: MAPP identifies your true motivations toward work and allows you to match yourself to job categories to see where you best fit. MAPP is free with link to many other inventories for purchase.

Ministry Development Council: The Ministry Development Council is a National Network of Accredited Centers Providing Resources for Clergy and Other Church Workers, Denominational Leadership, and Local Churches

Spiritual Gifts Self-Assessment: Sponsored by the ELCA

The Princeton Review Career Quiz

Church positions and other ministry resources

American Academy of Religion  
Job postings, Annual Meeting Job Center, Employment Trends in the study of religion

American Association of Pastoral Counselors  

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities  

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education  

Association of Anglican Musicians  

Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM)  
job listing for musicians and guidelines for employment

Association of Professional Chaplains  

Bethel Seminary Office of Formation and Ministry Placement  
job postings hosted by Bethel Seminary Office of Formation and Ministry Placement

Chorister’s Guild  

Christian Career Center  
job listings from Christian employers includes non-profits and non-pastoral positions as well as a resume service

Christian Century classifieds  

Christianity Today  
Christianity Today job postings

ELCA Call Process
This site is dedicated to the call process for rostered lay leaders in the ELCA (Associates in Ministry, Diaconal Ministers and Deaconesses). Synods will use this information to make connections between lay rostered persons seeking a new call and those congregations, institutions, and agencies who have positions available.

ELCA Global Mission  
Many non-ordained positions available throughout the world

ELCA synod webpages  
links to ELCA Synod webpages

ELCA webpage  
ELCA churchwide openings and national job openings

ELCA youth ministry network  

HEMA: Higher Education Ministry Arena  
A joint project of several Protestant denominations with focus on higher education ministry- job openings listed as well as networking and professional resources.

Lutheran Services in America  
Lutheran Services in America personnel bulletin

Ministry List  
hosted by Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Ministry Search  
ministry opportunity listings

National Association of Pastoral Musicians  
Roman Catholic

National Institute of Business and Industrial Chaplains  

National Presbyterian Church-USA website  

Presbyterian Association of Musicians  
Employment Issues – including job descriptions, salary guidelines, etc. and job listings

Religion News Service  
The only secular news and photo service devoted to unbiased coverage of religion and ethics—exclusively. And a great listing of ecumenical and non-parish based job openings.

Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry  
job listings hosted by Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry

The American Guild of Organists (AGO)  
National Chapter Salary Guidelines

The American Guild of Organists: Twin Cities Chapter  
Placement listings & Salary guidelines Substitute organist listings – click on “Chapter Information”

The Chronicle for Higher Education  
The Chronicle for Higher Education job postings includes jobs both inside and outside academe

The Metro Lutheran Newspaper  
Classified ads

United Methodist Church  
United Methodists in MN

Young Clergy Women Project 

Youth Specialties
Job bank for youth ministry, includes resume-posting service.

Job search resources Resume portal: resources for resume writing- including writing for electronic submission

CV (curriculum vitae) Portal: hosted by Job Star - an overview of the CV including discerning if this is an appropriate document for your filed, with examples and resources for writing

eresumes: free resume tips and samples- focusing on electronic submission of job search documents

iseek: Minnesota's gateway to career, education, employment and business information

Jobs in the state of MN  

Resumes: resume guide hosted by the University of Minnesota

State Employment Agency Links: hosted by the US Department of Labor

State of Minnesota  

Transferable Job Skills Overview: hosted by Quintessential Careers; readings on assessing and articulating skills that are transferable to new positions or careers

Non-profit and social service resources

Careers in Aging: Association for Gerontology in Higher Education

Health Ministries Association: The professional membership organization for: * Faith Community Nurses * Program Coordinators * Lay Health Ministers * Clergy * Health Educators * Faculty

Idealist: a website connecting non-profits with potential employees and has other resources as well including free job fairs

Jobs for Change: Jobs for Change seeks to spark a nationwide movement toward careers in the nonprofit, government, and social enterprise sectors.

Minnesota Council of Non-Profits  

Non Profit Times online  

United Way of Minneapolis 

Relocation resources

Cost of living calculator  
Our special Cost of Living feature lets you compare two cities side-by-side in all the categories you need, such as taxes, housing, food, and other costs. You can enter your salary and our built-in Salary Calculator will determine how much more (or less) you need to maintain your same standard of living.  
Salary ranges for positions based on location and cost of living comparisons for various regions of the country