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Production Manager
Fellowship Church  |  Springfield, OH  |  Non-Denominational  |  500-750 attendance

Youth Pastor
Grace Fellowship Church  |  Lampasas, TX  |  Non-Denominational  |  125-250 attendance

Pastoral Care Minister
Hope of the World Church  |  Wayne, NJ  |  Non-Denominational  |  0-75 attendance

Children's Ministry Director
Heart of the Canyons Church  |  Santa Clarita, CA  |  Baptist: SBC  |  350-500 attendance

Senior Pastor
Calvary Baptist Church  |  Cambridge, NE  |  Baptist |  0-75 attendance


Your resume is a church's first impression of who you are, what God has allowed you to accomplish, and your ability to lead in a new position.  At JustChurchJobs.com, we want to help you share your past and potential in a way that communicates professionalism. Here are a few of the most common resume tips we’ve given job seekers based on the hundreds of resumes we’ve read.

Happy editing, and may God bless you on your job search!

  1. Make your contact information professional and impossible to miss. This should be placed at the top of your resume. Include your name (of course!), a professional e-mail address, home address, cell phone number, links to your public social media accounts, and links to blogs or other personal websites. To make an employer cringe and hire someone else: “Email me at [email protected] and check out my blog, ‘Florida Gator Fans and Other Heretics,’ at blogspot.FGFAOH.com.”
  2. List your educational achievements. This is not always a determining factor, but employers will appreciate having this information available on your resume. Always list your most recent accomplishments first. Also, you don’t have to include your GPA but if you do, be honest – that’s good advice to follow as you craft every part of your resume… To make an employer cringe and hire someone else: “Graduate with honors from Georgetown University, May 2017” and you only drove past Georgetown University in May 2017. Search committees will check your education and employment background!
  3. List your work and volunteer experience. Include the job title, the name of the church, the dates of your employment or volunteer tenure, and a brief description of your role and accomplishments. To make an employer cringe and hire someone else: “Associate Youth Pastor, North Point Community Church” when you acutally were the assistant to the youth pastor at NorthPointe Community Church in Mobilingham, Alabama. Search committees will check your education and employment background!
  4. Check your spelling and grammar. Read every word out loud – really. Then, recruit a friend to review your resume before submitting it to JustChurchJobs.com or to a potential employer. To make an employer cringe and hire someone else: “I am a motavited hrad-worker with a impeckibble attenshun to deetale.” Or, an actual example from a resume I received from someone looking to serve as our student pastor, “My wife and I were marryed in Bogalusa, LA in 20002.” The ability to travel through time almost landed him the job…
  5. Consistency matters. If you abbreviate the state name in one section of your resume, then follow the same pattern for every other section of your resume. Don’t use “Ave.” for one former employer’s address yet spell out “Street” in another one. To make an employer cringe and hire someone else: Mix Oxford commas with their inferior counterparts, capitalize a word in one portion of your resume yet go full E. E. Cummings for the same word under another heading, and shift tenses as often as NASCAR driver does in laps 142-180,  Sadly, most people won’t care, but you’re a professional—make sure your resume reflects that.
  6. Include a picture. There’s bound to be some controversy with this tip, but as someone who has reviewed thousands of resumes, the ones with a picture always get a second look. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and a church search committee is eventually going to meet you in person, so let them see you from the beginning of the process. If you’re married, include your spouse in the picture. If you have kids, put them in there too. To make an employer cringe and hire someone else: Put a highly filtered Glamour Shot on your resume or a candid picture with you wearing a beer helmet.
  7. Avoid acronyms and abbreviations. You know what those acronyms and abbreviations mean; your potential employer may not. To make an employer cringe and hire someone else: “As BBD of YIAC, the JCSB experienced a retention in students over a 5-year period…”
  8. Reflect a level of humility that honors God. While you are God’s treasure, you’re not God’s gift to God; you’re a humble servant of the Almighty. Give Him all of the credit while sharing what He has allowed you to accomplish. To make an employer cringe and hire someone else: “I personally saved 19 teenagers at a See You at the Pole event in 2019.”
  9. Words you should include:
  • Advocated
  • Authored
  • Championed
  • Collaborated
  • Created
  • Designed
  • Disciplined
  • Expanded
  • Facilitated
  • Formed
  • Initiated
  • Inspired
  • Managed
  • Meticulous
  • Mobilized
  • Oversaw
  • Partnered
  • Prepared
  • Self-starter

10. Words you should avoid:

  • Amazing
  • Anointed (let your potential employer figure that one out on their own)
  • Awesome
  • Cutting edge
  • Detail-oriented
  • Excellent
  • Expert
  • Great
  • Hard worker
  • Innovative
  • Intellectual
  • Lit
  • Maximizer
  • Needy (for obvious reasons)
  • Outside-the-box
  • Paradigm
  • Results-oriented
  • Strategic thinker
  • Synergy
  • Team player
  • Workaholic

Once you have tidied up your resume, create a free account and upload it at JustChurchJobs.com - we're praying for you and cannot wait to hear about where God will send you!