In this episode, Dr. Paul Pettit explains the steps for DTS Placement.
Paul, the Director of Career Services, graduated with a ThM and DMin from DTS in 2007. He is the founder of Dynamic Dads and teaches pastoral and leadership classes at DTS and Criswell College.
3 Qualities of a Top-Notch Candidate
In this episode, Pastor Stephen Brown details what he looks for when hiring a position.
Originally from Houston, Stephen is a graduate of both Morehouse College and Dallas Theological Seminary and serves as the Senior Pastor at Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dallas, TX. When he isn’t pastoring, he works as an advisor in the Alumni & Career Services department.
In this episode, Dr. Greg Hatteberg shares his insights into how to approaching the candidating process.
Greg graduated from DTS with his ThM and DMin and serves as the Director of Alumni Services. Although he grew up in a rural community in Illinois, he has planted his roots in Dallas. Greg also teaches the courses on Physical and Historical Geography of Israel, Walk Thru the Bible seminars, and the Rapid Reading Course (needed to help survive seminary)!
Your resume creates a first impression; is it a good one? Ministry resumes provide potential employers with a broad overview of who you are and what you can do. A clean, professional, and error-free resume goes a long way toward the interview.
A cover letter is a one-page introduction to who you are and why you would be a good fit at the church or ministry where you are applying. Think of this as the resume’s introduction. An eye-catching cover letter has an interesting hook and outlines pertinent experience in a personal, memorable way. Cover letter should always be send as PDFs.
The purpose of your resume is to present yourself in such a way that a search committee gains a clear picture of who you are and what you have to offer. Strongly communicating all facets of who you are and what you bring to ministry can be daunting, but time and careful thought spent here are well-invested. Resumes should always be send as PDFs.
A video resume allows you to stand out among other candidates and directly to ministry partners. It is a way for candidates to go beyond traditional methods of applying for positions to make a better first impression. In two to three minutes, your video resume will display your communication skills, personality and passion for ministry.*
*Career Services offers to assist with filming video resumes. There is a fee of $50.00 for your video to cover filming and editing costs. View an example here. To schedule your filming session, feel free to either stop by the Career Services Office in Stearns Hall (Lower Level), email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 214-887-5106.
During any interview, the church or ministry is trying to figure out the answers to two questions:
- Do you have the skills necessary to do the job well?
- Will you fit into the church/ministry culture?
With this in mind, there are three steps you can take to ensure that everyone leaves the interview answering ‘yes’ to both questions.
- Research the church/ministry. It is difficult to prove that you are a good fit in the culture if you don’t know what that culture is. For example, showing up to interview in a young, vibrant church wearing a three-piece suit may hinder your cause. However, wearing a suit a conservative Baptist church is crucial. Understand their culture.
- Be prepared. Have your resume printed on high-quality paper to your interviewers. Answer common interview questions ahead of time so you will be ready when asked. Come prepared to show your competence through stories, not merely by insisting you are competent. For example, if you claim to be a team player, be prepared to share a story of when you worked with a team to accomplish your goal. See the interview questions below for a list of possible questions you may be asked.
- Ask questions. Remember that while the church/ministry is attempting to figure out whether you would be a good fit, you should also be evaluating them. Asking questions also shows that you are interested and engaged. See the interview questions below for a list of possible questions to ask.
Figuring out how much you can expect to be compensated in certain positions is difficult. Pay ranges vary based on location, experience, church culture, etc. The Career Services has access to comparative salaries so you can enter a meeting about compensation confidently.
To request a compensation range for a specific ministry, submit a compensation request. To learn more about pastoral compensations, see the PDF below.