Guidelines for Vocational Vision Statement and Resume

Vocational Vision Statement

This statement will accompany the resume and provide potential supervisors and lay ministry support teams an idea of who the person is behind your resume data, what you hope to experience in your field placement, and what you think you might do after you receive your Master’s Degree. In a one-page single-spaced document, please address the following three areas using the questions as a guide.

Who you are……

  • What is your history of relationship to your present denomination, para-church groups and / or organizations?
  • What previous experience(s) are important in your movement toward ministry?
  • How do you relate to individuals / groups?
  • Characterize your style of leadership.

Who do you want to become……

  • Why are you now in seminary?
  • What future role(s) in the church do you hope to pursue?
  • Describe your call as you currently understand it.
  • What are you goals for this experience?
  • What gifts or experiences can you offer to ministry?
  • What are your vocational goals?

How you hope to get there.......

  • What kind of experience are you seeking?
  • What are your central affirmations of faith?
  • How do you hope to answer God's call on your life?

Like the resume, this statement provides an introduction to you. Honesty, clarity and succinctness are the most helpful characteristics of such a statement. Lift up your hopes and dreams; name what excites you and what intimidates you in ministry. Express your willingness to learn and serve.


Basic Resume Requirements
Must be typed, 2 pages maximum. Be sure to check for spelling, punctuation, neatness and consistency in formatting.

Do NOT forget to include your current address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Begin with your most recent experiences and work backward. Your resume for the field studies placement process should include:

  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Volunteer Activities
  • Church Affiliation, activities and work experience
  • Other interests, activities or special skills

Remember, you do not need to include everything you have ever done. General information is good but also be sure to highlight the experiences or activities that you believe to be the most relevant to the field studies placement process.