Church Staff Connection

Church Openings

A church can post a position on the web. Pastors and staff can select the positions they are seeking and the churches with those positions will appear. When the church fills the position they are seeking they can submit a position filled form to IBSA, and we will delete their position from our list.

- Submit a church opening

- Search for open positions

- List of pastorless churches at

- You have filled your church open position

Questions? Changes? E-mail or call (217) 391-3124.

Church classified ads in the Illinois Baptist newspaper

The Illinois Baptist prints free classified ads for IBSA churches. Please e-mail your name, church name, ministry position opening, mailing address, web and/or e-mail address, and telephone number. SBC churches outside Illinois are charged a rate of 35 cents per word for classfied advertising. Ads will appear for two consecutive issues.

View our publication schedule

A Step-by-Step Pastor/Staff Search Manual (PDF version)

Church Staff Development Ministries has prepared a free resource for the churches to guide them in the selection process for pastor and staff. It is called the Pastor/Staff Search Manual for the search committee.

Part 1 - Cover & Table of contents (Page 1-6)

Part 2 - Introduction (Page 7-10)

Part 3 - Step 1 (Page 11-14)

Part 4 - Step 2 (Page 15-19)

Part 5 - Step 3 (Page 20-30)

Part 6 - Step 4 (Page 31-46)

Part 7 - Step 5 (Page 47-48)

Part 8 - Step 6 (Page 49-50)

Part 9 - Step 7 (Page 51-56)

Part 10 - Web to end

New Wage & Hour Laws coming in December!

Pastors and Church Treasures,

Have you heard about the new wage and hour laws going into effect this December? Do you know how they could impact the church? Brotherhood Mutual is making available the "10 Things You Should Know About FLSA."

The booklet will inform your church leaders on the FLSA law and how to comply by December. 

New Hires

The government requires all employers to complete a Form I-9 for every employee within the first three days of employment.

Link to form

Submit a Resume

Submit a resume:  All staff persons and pastors seeking a church vocation can submit a resume summary. These resume summaries will be sent to any church seeking a staff member or pastor. They will also be sent on a monthly basis to Directors of Missions in Illinois.

Modify or delete your resume: If you currently have a resume on file with us you may modify or delete it online. (You must be logged in to the account you used to create the resume.)

- Minister's Guide to the Search Committee Interview
- Saying Goodbye to your Church
- Licensing and Ordination

Questions? Changes? E-mail or call (217) 391-3124.

Going Beyond the Resume

Resume writing

Get Started

  • Build a strong resume

  • Grow your network

  • Use Social Media – such as LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.

  • Use a professional e-mail - avoid nicknames in you e-mail ID

Get prepared

  • Know your strengths

  • Know the your self and the characteristics of the church that will allow you to thrive

  • Research church and the church’s community

  • Anticipate the questions the search team might ask

  • Write out the questions you will ask the committee

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