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Resources for Students

Mamie Murphy (MDiv '14)

The School of Divinity offers vocational assistance, guidance, and empowerment for students through Career Services. Available resources range from seminars and workshops to denominational connections to career counseling to assessment tools.

We invite you check out the many resources available online, in the resource library, and within the larger university. For more information, contact Chris Copeland, Director of Leadership Development at copelact@wfu.edu, 336.758.3629, or Wingate Hall 203B.

Pathways in Ministry

Pathways in Ministry is a program of Career Services that provides workshops and panel discussions for students to be exposed to the many paths of engaging in professional ministry, to build skills to aid their search for ministry placement, and to prepare for the demands of ministry by learning important personal, professional, and spiritual practices.

During the year we host about 12 Pathways in Ministry workshops and panel discussions covering a range of topics exploring vocational and leadership development. Some of the topics include:

  • Nurturing the Spiritual Life in Ministry
  • Federal Chaplaincy – Military, Prison, & VA
  • Time Management & Self-Care
  • Clinical Pastoral Education Day
  • Navigating the Ordination Process
  • The Gifts and Challenges of Ministry as a Woman
  • Finding and Keeping the Perfect Job
  • Building A Narrative Resume
  • Strengthening Interview Skills
  • Financial Realism: Salary Expectations & Negotiating Compensation
  • Ministry in Non-Profits
  • Financial Realism: Budgeting

Check our Upcoming Events to learn when the Pathways workshops will be offered this year or visit http://divinity.wfu.edu/pathways.

Career Counseling

Students and recent alumni/ae are invited to participate in individual career counseling sessions. Through these individual meetings, students can clarify vocational options, develop application strategies and plans, update resumes, and prepare for interviews.

Third year students who will be graduating are strongly encouraged to participate in an individualized meeting with Chris Copeland.  These meetings are scheduled early in the fall term and are a chance for seniors to discuss their career plans and receive personalized advice on the resources and opportunities that will put them in the best possible position to realize their goals.

To set up a meeting, please make an appointment on Google Calendar with Chris Copeland or contact him at copelact@wfu.edu, 336.758.3629, or Wingate Hall 203B.


Career Services provides opportunities for networking for students and alumni/ae in person through Pathways in Ministry, Denominational Days, lecture series, and other on-campus events. See Upcoming Events for opportunities to network with alumni/ae, area clergy, and other professionals.

We provide virtual networking through the Wake Forest University Alumni/ae Linked-In page and the Wake Forest School of Divinty LinkedIn group. In the LinkedIn group we offer 

  • jobs feed that includes positions generally appropriate for liberal arts graduates plus anything posted on LinkedIn in religious institutions.
  • career discussions section where interesting jobs that the Career Services office and members find around the web are re-posted. This is also the place where alumni/ae may directly post openings in their organization.
  • front page, where alumni/ae are more than happy to take your career questions and provide their experience and advice.

The LinkedIn Group is closed so interested students and alumni/ae must ask to join.

Resources Library

Career Services provides a number of vocational resources that students may borrow, including books, media, and learning tools that cover a range of topics relevant to a job search.

Visit Career Services in Wingate Hall 203B to browse the library and to borrow any resources.

Career Assessment Tools

As a part of the Wake Forest University system, the School of Divinity has access to resources that many independent seminaries are not able to provide. In collaboration with the Office for Personal and Career Development, Career Services is able to offer the following assessments for students:

  • Strong Interest Inventory: Identifies your interests and highlights how those interests fit into different career paths. Once you have completed the assessment, you must come in for an appointment with a career counselor to review your results.

Additionally, we are working to provide additional vocational and leadership assessment tools for students, including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Enneagram.

For more information about career assessments, contact Chris Copeland, Director of Leadership Development.

Denominational Resources

As an ecumenical School of Divinity, Wake Forest offers students connections and resources with multiple denominational traditions through Pathways in Ministry, Denominational Days, and other events.

For those who are interested in serving in a particular denomination – as a pastor, Christian educator, chaplain, etc. – the following links offer a first step to learn more about these traditions, discover requirements for ordination, and make connections with denominational staff.