Resources for Alumni

The School of Divinity offers vocational assistance for alumni/ae through Career Services. Available resources include vocational seminars and workshops, a career library, denominational connections and networking, and tools to build and improve resumes, cover letters, and interview skills.

We invite you check out the many resources available online, in the resource library, and within the larger university. For more information, contact Christopher T. Copeland, Director of Leadership Development and Spiritual Life and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Spirituality, at copelact@nullwfu.edu, 336.758.3629, or Wingate Hall 108D.


Pathways in Ministry provides workshops and panel discussions to support students in their vocational discernment by exposing them to the many paths of engaging in professional ministry and to provide resources for personal and professional skill development so students may attain and thrive in life-giving ministry careers.

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:

  • Chaplaincy as Vocation
  • Clinical Pastoral Education Day
  • Navigating the Ordination Process
  • The Gifts and Challenges for Women in Ministry
  • 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
  • Managing Conflict in Ministry
  • The Gifts and Challenges for LGBTQ persons in Ministry
  • Cultivating Healthy Boundaries in Ministry
  • Internship and Career Fair
  • First Time on the Job
  • Entrepreneurial and Bi-Vocational Ministry
  • Prison and Jail Ministry
  • Media Training

Visit Pathways in Ministry to learn more about our current seminar and workshop offerings.

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, Career, Day, 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.

African Methodist Episcopal  AME Zion
Alliance of Baptists American Baptist Churches, USA
Assemblies of God Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church of God in Christ
Community of Christ Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Episcopal Church Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Foursquare Church Mennonite Church USA
Moravian Church in North America National Baptist Convention, USA
National Baptist Convention of America Presbyterian Church USA
Progressive National Baptist Convention  Quakers (Religious Society of Friends)
 Unitarian Universalist Association  United Church of Christ
United Methodist Church

 

 

Resources Library

Career Services provides a number of vocational resources that alumni/ae may borrow, including books, media, and learning tools including:

  • Let Your Life Speak
  • Healing the Purpose of Your Life
  • Leading Lives that Matter
  • Sleeping with Bread
  • Discovering Your Personal Vocation
  • Vocation: Discerning Our Callings in Life
  • What to Do With the Rest of Your Life: America’s Top Career Coach Shows You How to Find or Create the Job You’ll Love
  • What Color is Your Parachute?
  • How to Interview Like a Pro
  • Resume Magic
  • This Odd & Wondrous Calling
  • The Work of the Chaplain by Naomi K. Paget
  • Pastoral Care in Hospitals
  • Chaplaincy in Law Enforcement
  • Start and Grow Your Faith-Based Nonprofit: Answering Your Call in the Service of Others
  • Life After Graduate School: Getting From A to B

Networking

Career Services provides networking opportunities for alumni/ae in person through Pathways in Ministry, Denominational Days, Career Day, CPE Day, and other on-campus events. See Pathways in Ministry and the School of Divinity calendar for opportunities to network with other alumni/ae, area clergy, and other professionals.

We provide virtual networking through the Wake Forest University Alumni/ae LinkedIn group. In the LinkedIn group we offer:

  • job feed that includes current positions from the School of Divinity job listings.
  • 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 reserved for Wake Forest School of Divinity students and alumni/ae, so please submit a request to join.