Thursday, May 29, 2008

Ministry Job Seeker Advice - Tips from the Pros

as Pastors this was sent to me, thought this will be great to read, and absorb what the Lord wants for us, as leaders.
Joyce Pillay

*thanks helpmeet*

Pre-Conditions of a Church Leader

If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! But there are preconditions: A leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he's talking about, not be overfond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry.

He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect. For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God's church? He must not be a new believer, lest the position go to his head and the Devil trip him up. Outsiders must think well of him, or else the Devil will figure out a way to lure him into his trap. (1 Timothy 3:1-7, The Message)

Well-thought-of.Is this true of you? Be honest; don’t delude yourself.

1. Committed to your spouse. You may feel totally committed to your spouse, but does he/she know it?

2. Cool and collected. Have you blown your temper lately? All leaders come under pressure at times, but these times can truly test this particular leadership pre-condition.

3. Accessible. Is your office door open or closed right now? What does this tell you?

4. Hospitable. Is it important to you to provide a welcome environment for others?

5. Must know what you’re talking about. Do you faithfully and diligently do your homework?

6. Not be overfond of wine. If this happens to be an area of vulnerability, watch out.

7. Not pushy but gentle. Do you manipulate? Or do you lead?

8. Not thin-skinned. Count your blessings; ignore your blisters!

9. Not money-hungry. Money is never, ever more important than people.

10. Handle your own affairs well. Are any of your personal affairs in shambles?

11. Attentive to your children and having their respect. Don’t place your ministry ahead of your family.

12. Must not be a new believer. You probably satisfy this one.

13. Outsiders must think well of you. What is your reputation in your community?

Helpful Hints & Suggestions
10 Steps in Creating a Good Résumé

1. Choose a target job (also called a "job objective"). An actual job title works best.

2. Find out what skills, knowledge, and experience are needed to do that target job.

3. Make a list of your 2, 3, or 4 strongest skills, abilities, or knowledge that make you a good candidate for the target job.

4. For each key skill, think of several accomplishments from your past work history that illustrate that skill.

5. Describe each accomplishment in a simple, powerful action statement that emphasizes the benefit to your employer.

6. Make a list in chronological order of the primary jobs you've held. Include any unpaid work that fills a gap or shows you have the skills for the target job.

7. Make a list of your training and education related to the target job.

8. Choose a résumé format that fits your situation, either chronological or functional. Functional works best if you're changing fields; chronological works well if you're moving up in the same field.

9. Arrange your action statements according to the format you choose.

10. Summarize your key points at the top of your résumé.

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