Thursday, September 20, 2007

Maintaining (or starting!) your network in seminary

If you've read much of what I write here, you know that "networking" is important to the candidacy process. God uses His body, through the relational connections within it, to bring pastors into contact with churches. Including my most recent placement, all five of the ministry positions I have occupied have been the product of direct, relational connections between me and others.

If you are in seminary-- or if you are wondering if God may be beginning to move you out of your current job or ministry-- you would do well to attend to the nurture of your "network" toward this end. It is important to realize that you need to do more than just calling up or e-mailing contacts in your address book, many of whom are vestiges of long-defunct friendships, and asking if they will offer you some help or support in your pastoral search. You need to be in contact now, and already, with the people you intend to call on for recommendations.

Over the next few posts, I'll discuss who is included in your network, how you should be maintaining those relationships, and what tools are available to help with this.

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