What do you do with all these resumes? How do you respond with love, care, and concern to the person sending the resume, and yet not give them false hope? Do you “screen” your resumes before sending the names on to Search Committees to try to protect your churches, or not?
Whenever I receive a resume, I send a form letter such as this:
Thanks for sharing your resume with me.
I will be glad to share your resume as God leads once you complete our Confidential Follow-Up Form and return it to me.
If you, as an Associational Leader, want my Confidential Follow-Up Form that I adapted from another DOM, here it is.
Once I receive the Confidential Follow-Up Form and verify that there are no major red flags, then I save the resume by the year I received it in my Resumes Folder. I let the candidate know that I keep resumes in my active file for 2 years. In my Resumes Folder I categorize the resumes by the type of position: Pastor, Music, Students, Children, Education/Discipleship, etc.
When a church asks me for resumes, I find out the type of candidate they are looking for, and then I prayerfully go through my resumes and “match” the candidates with the profile as much as possible. I never send just one resume if I can help it. I always try to send several unless I am specifically recommending a candidate because I am a reference for that person.
Those are my thoughts, what are yours?
To the praise of His glory,
Quotable Quote: The association must be proactive! We have the most strategic role in the SBC. Jim Breeden, St. Louis Metro Association, speaking to Atlanta Area DOMs about churches in need of revitalization, 11.29.17