Career Pathways

Helping our staff members chart their career path

Career Pathway Planning is the process used by individuals to chart a course within the organization for their career development. It helps ensure that each individual is able to better understand how God has shaped him or her and to determine a right “fit” in the organization.

Know

your God-given design, desires and calling
Focus on how God has made you and the burdens He has put on your heart.

Discern

your best contribution
Evaluate and identify what you believe would be your best contribution as you seek to serve Him.

Plan

your growth and development
Use the “5 E’s” to plan developmental action steps for greater fruitfulness in your current role and/or equipping you for a future role.

If you’ve been in leadership for any length of time, you’ve seen it happen. A team member comes to you to announce that they’ve decided to move on. It doesn’t matter what you say or do, they have already reached that point of deciding there is no future for them in the organization and have started pursuing other options. But it doesn’t need to be that way.

Our staff, like everyone, need to believe they are known, needed, and have a future. Walking with them through the Career Pathways planning process can help with that.   

The Career Pathway Map which is designed as a tool to help you assess God’s awesome design in your life, the desires He has placed in your heart and His special direction in how He plans to uniquely use you in His kingdom. The desired outcome is that by knowing these things you will have greater clarity in weighing ministry options and finding your best contribution as you seek to be a good steward of all God has entrusted to you. It will also help you plan areas for development to help you move forward in your desired career path. 

There is no magic formula for doing career planning. The key is taking the time needed to consider possibilities, make the right preparations and wait on the Lord in the process.

The Career Path Planning process is centered around the Career Pathway Map, which is a tool designed to help a person know their God-given design and desires, discern their best contribution, and plan their growth and development for greater fruitfulness in both their current and future roles.

DOWNLOAD OVERVIEW

Step 1: Know

Know your God-given Design, Desires, and Calling.

As you work through the Know section of the Career Pathway Map, you will focus on how God has made you and the burdens He has put on your heart, including your gifts, strengths, abilities, personality type, passions, burdens and God’s particular calling/leading.

It is helpful to get feedback from others who know you regarding their understanding of your gifts, strengths, and passions. A career pathway facilitator can assist with the gathering of feedback from others and help you objectively assess the results.

Key Tools:  

Career Pathway Map

Bringing Clarity to Calling

Peer Feedback Sheet

Step 2: Discern

Discern your best contribution.

Next, you will evaluate and identify what you believe would be your best contribution as you seek to serve Him, including clarity on your personal mission, a description of your ideal role, and prayerfully exploring available options.

Once again, getting feedback from others who know you well is very helpful in this process. The career pathway facilitator can not only help with gathering feedback and assessing the results but can also help suggest possible ministry options to consider.

Key Tool:  

Career Pathway Map

Step 3: Plan

Plan your growth and development.

You will use the “5 E’s” to plan developmental action steps for greater fruitfulness in your current role and/or equipping you for a future role.

The career pathway facilitator can help with suggestions for developmental action steps and help ensure that they are measurable, observable, and achievable. It is also helpful to have someone you trust, such as your team leader, coach you through your action steps to help ensure their successful completion.

Using the Career Pathway Tools

Click the links below to download the key tools you will need for the Career Pathway. If you are facilitating the Career Path process for your staff, you can find further information in the Facilitators Guide.

Career Pathway Map – The main resources for charting your course

Peer Feedback Sheet – gaining input from others

SMART Goals – how to set goals that will work

Bringing Clarity to Calling – a paper outlining issues surrounding that often-mysterious issue of “God’s calling”

Career Pathways Overview – a one-page summary

If you’ve been in leadership for any length of time, you’ve seen it happen. A team member comes to you to announce that they’ve decided to move on. It doesn’t matter what you say or do, they have already reached that point of deciding there is no future for them in the organization and have started pursuing other options. But it doesn’t need to be that way.

Our staff, like everyone, need to believe they are known, needed, and have a future. Walking with them through the Career Pathways planning process can help with that.   

The Career Pathway Map which is designed as a tool to help you assess God’s awesome design in your life, the desires He has placed in your heart and His special direction in how He plans to uniquely use you in His kingdom. The desired outcome is that by knowing these things you will have greater clarity in weighing ministry options and finding your best contribution as you seek to be a good steward of all God has entrusted to you. It will also help you plan areas for development to help you move forward in your desired career path. 

There is no magic formula for doing career planning. The key is taking the time needed to consider possibilities, make the right preparations and wait on the Lord in the process.

The Career Path Planning process is centered around the Career Pathway Map, which is a tool designed to help a person know their God-given design and desires, discern their best contribution, and plan their growth and development for greater fruitfulness in both their current and future roles.

DOWNLOAD OVERVIEW

Step 1: Know

Know your God-given Design, Desires, and Calling.

As you work through the Know section of the Career Pathway Map, you will focus on how God has made you and the burdens He has put on your heart, including your gifts, strengths, abilities, personality type, passions, burdens and God’s particular calling/leading.

It is helpful to get feedback from others who know you regarding their understanding of your gifts, strengths, and passions. A career pathway facilitator can assist with the gathering of feedback from others and help you objectively assess the results.

Key Tools:  

Career Pathway Map

Bringing Clarity to Calling

Peer Feedback Sheet

Step 2: Discern

Discern your best contribution.

Next, you will evaluate and identify what you believe would be your best contribution as you seek to serve Him, including clarity on your personal mission, a description of your ideal role, and prayerfully exploring available options.

Once again, getting feedback from others who know you well is very helpful in this process. The career pathway facilitator can not only help with gathering feedback and assessing the results but can also help suggest possible ministry options to consider.

Key Tool:  

Career Pathway Map

Step 3: Plan

Plan your growth and development.

You will use the “5 E’s” to plan developmental action steps for greater fruitfulness in your current role and/or equipping you for a future role.

The career pathway facilitator can help with suggestions for developmental action steps and help ensure that they are measurable, observable, and achievable. It is also helpful to have someone you trust, such as your team leader, coach you through your action steps to help ensure their successful completion.

Using the Career Pathway Tools

Click the links below to download the key tools you will need for the Career Pathway. If you are facilitating the Career Path process for your staff, you can find further information in the Facilitators Guide.

Career Pathway Map – The main resources for charting your course

Peer Feedback Sheet – gaining input from others

SMART Goals – how to set goals that will work

Bringing Clarity to Calling – a paper outlining issues surrounding that often-mysterious issue of “God’s calling”

Career Pathways Overview – a one-page summary

Related Resources

Not sure where to go from here? Take a look at some of the other Care Resources that are available to you.

Member Care

Member Care Excellent member care is essential for our people. This course provides a framework and mindset for member care at every level in our

explore resource »

Featured Tools

Equipping you with the tools you will need to care for all future leaders.

31 Days of Unhurried Living

Dedicate a month to reading daily encouragement, reflection, and tips for living an unhurried life, or just dip in and out

Self-Care

This resource forms part of our Member Care course which demonstrates our calling to care for one another requires us to also be caring for ourselves

An Introduction to Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation is about learning to walk moment by moment in the power of the Spirit and being conformed/transformed into the image of Christ

Scroll to Top