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Golden Gate online placement offered to churches, ministries

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP)–An online placement service has been inaugurated at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, with the school now providing an online student and alumni resume system to help serve search needs of churches, Baptist associations, denominational agencies and other ministry organizations.

Ministry Placement Services (MPS) functions as a “church relations arm” of the seminary’s student life office, said Mark Tichenor, the seminary’s dean of student life.

“This special campus service seeks to connect Golden Gate ministry candidates with church search personnel throughout the United States,” Tichenor said. “It is our prayer that this information might serve as a tool in preparation for a lifetime of ministry service by our Golden Gate family.”

Tichenor noted the seminary’s student life office recognizes “the pivotal role of God’s sovereign will and direction in the lives” of graduates and current students. He called the placement service “one of many possible vehicles through which God may operate.” It reflects, he added, “our goal of seeing God’s clear direction in placing our alumni and current students in an active, supportive Christian ministry.”

To participate in the MPS online system, Golden Gate alumni and ministry organizations can contact the office’s student services coordinator, Eric Fletcher, with a general request. Fletcher will forward all necessary instructions and information to open an MPS account. The services are free to both alumni and to churches/ministry organizations.

Private access and an initial password — which may be changed at any time — will be assigned to open an account. An online form allows ministry candidates to enter information in the following areas: personal/contact information, education, experience and ministry preferences. Candidates also are encouraged to enter a personal narrative and submit a photograph. The student services coordinator will review all information for clarity and then activate candidate data for search personnel.

All electronic resumes will expire after one year, however a candidate may withdraw a resume at any time or request an additional year of activation. All information is confidential.

Church/ministry search groups also are assigned log-on identities and an initial password to access the resume database. Search personnel may freely examine and download any active resume in the MPS database.

For more information, send an email to: [email protected].

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