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Covenant Seminary Ministry Placement Rates and Opportunities

Each year our Career Services office works with Covenant Seminary students in their final year of study to help them pursue a ministry position that meets their area of gifting and interest. The resulting placement rates have been remarkably high.

Over the past decade, Covenant Seminary has consistently seen more than 90% of our graduates finding placement in the area of their pursuit. Specifically in 2012-13, the MDiv placement rate was 96.5%, with 81% of our MDiv graduates from that year going into traditional church-based roles around the world: as solo pastors, assistant/associate pastors, youth ministers, campus ministers, and missionaries.

Career Services takes a unique approach to ministerial placement. Joel Hathaway, director of alumni and career services, meets with graduating students in their final year to assess what their unique personality type and gifting mean for vocational ministry. He also counsels them toward avenues of ministry that could be the best fit for helping them–and those whom the Lord puts in their care–flourish. On top of this Joel regularly meets with church and organizational search committees to counsel them on how to best understand, and thus hire for, the roles they have open.

Joel notes, “We are committed to walking alongside our graduates as they discern an initial call to ministry, and as they consider transitions throughout their career. We provide a valuable connection to a network of more than 3,500 alumni in every state and more than 40 nations, maintain a database of ministry openings, and offer help in understanding each person’s unique ministry gifts, the contexts in which they would be best employed, and practices for communicating their individual skill sets to potential churches. If your church or organization is looking to fill an opening, let us know about it. We may be able to help.”

To learn more about this free service, contact Joel at

Have a job opening? Post a Ministry Opportunity here.

Seeking a job? See currently available Ministry Opportunities here.