There’s no doubt that the increasing number of churches today coupled with the ever-increasing number of multitudes thronging the church’s compounds every week has left many churches looking for pastors to cope with the demand. Unlike in the older days when churches could accomplish this feat by simply making announcements in the church and the nearby localities, the internet has totally revolutionized this process. The marvels of modern-day technology coupled with the far-reaching power of the internet has enabled many churches to get high-qualified and experienced pastors just by a few clicks of the mouse. It is true however, that despite all these advantages, aspiring pastors should know that the churches looking for pastors today, have their own criteria of making their final choices; hence, it is important to know what to look for to prevent wastage of time and other resources as well as seizing the wrong opportunities.
Many churches too having very long-term, reputable and promising pastors have found themselves too in a position whereby they have to look for new pastors abruptly and within a timely manner to prevent their churches from falling apart. Usually the cause of such emergency searches could vary from death, accidents, urgent transfers, abrupt medical conditions preventing the current pastor from carrying out his or her duties and many others. Whatever the cause of the vacancies, any aspiring pastor or candidates for these positions should arm themselves with as much information as is possible as they go through jobs openings for pastors in order to be considered only for those positions that they really yearn for. Below are some lucid ideas of the different types of churches that look for pastors online and the types of resumes that they favor in their selection process.
Just like the name states, a single-cell church is comprised of only one cell or one group of people who make up the entire church’s congregation. Generally, single-cell churches have less than 200 church members in their congregation and the pastor in charge of the church usually ends up assuming almost all of the pastoral duties. He or she runs the church in a similar fashion like an owner or operator of a small-scale organization and it is not uncommon for the pastor to print the regular bulletins himself, lock and unlock the church and even sweep the church by himself sometimes.
Single-cell churches are more common in smaller communities or regions where most of the city is closely related or uniquely tied together by ancestral connections. Being a pastor for such a church can be very beneficial for someone who is also truly interested in this kind of arrangement or favors a much more closely-knit church. Any aspiring pastor or job applicant here should therefore tailor their resume to significantly highlight experience in this kind of setting or any kind of background that can prove that he or she favors this kind of arrangement, as this is going to be one of the ultimate determining factors in being hired.
Multiple-cell churches have their congregation divided into several groups or cells depending on the demographics, the church’s mission and the immediate needs of the church. In here, one is bound to find Sunday schools classes, women groups, men’s groups and other relevant groups that carry out unique sets of activities all for the glory of God. Usually, the church’s congregation range from 200 to 400 and are relatively closely-knit depending on the efforts of the pastors in charge or the leadership of the church.
Multiple-cell churches usually look for pastors with managerial experience or those that are trained to manage colleagues and know how to delegate responsibility. In this kinds of churches, one is not expected to handle the nitty gritty details of all of the pastoral duties, but to delegate responsibility to assistants, members of the church’s staff as well as ensure that such authority is respected. Anyone therefore applying for a pastoral position in these kinds of churches should make their managerial expertise or experience very vivid on their resumes as well as have credible references to support their claims.
This is a more complex and significantly larger church organization that is really the most common out of all other churches in the modern times. Here one will find congregations within congregations within congregations with cells inside all of them, and a good study of the structure might be necessary before one can understand it. For example, in some churches, the men’s ministry is actually a congregation in itself, and usually these churches have members of more than 400 and can even run into millions.
Due to their organization complexity and the demand for performance, churches looking for preachers in this level of organization usually favor candidates who are comfortable in taking up an executive role in affairs of the church. At this point the pastor is expected to make sound executive decisions, inspire the church, lead and feed the congregation while allowing others below him or her to handle the specific details of his or her efforts. It is true however, that vacant churches looking for pastors will usually make certain compromises in their quest to staff their church in time; hence, anyone willing to venture out as a pastor should not be discouraged at all from applying if they miss a few qualification on their resume.