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Title: The Church Deployment Office

The Church Deployment Office
  • Developing and Maintaining
  • Your Personal Profile

What is the CDO?
  • The Church Deployment Office (CDO) is an office
    of the Ministry Development Cluster of the ECUSA.
  • The CDO serves both clergy and lay professionals
    by maintaining a database of Personal Profiles.
  • The CDO serves Dioceses and congregations by
    creating Position Profiles and searching the
    database of Personal Profiles for potential
  • The materials produced by the CDO for searches -
    both the Personal Profile and the Position
    Profile - are the standards used by Bishops,
    deployment officers and congregations across the

Why file a Personal Profile?
  • Your profile is a credal statement of what you
    believe about yourself as a child of God whom God
    has called and equipped for ministry.
  • A profile is used to document what ministries you
    have held in the church as well as to look
    forward to new ministries and challenges.
  • Completing and maintaining a profile is good
    stewardship of the gifts and talents given to you
    by God for the service of the Church.

Major sections of the Personal Profile
  • I. Personal information
  • II. Personal Ministry Statement
  • III. Ministry specialties, skills and
  • experiences
  • IV. Leadership description

The parts of the Personal Profile
  • Contact information
  • Ordination status
  • Personal and family information
  • Work history
  • Educational history
  • Compensation and benefits requirements
  • Continuing education and study subjects
  • References
  • Personal ministry statement
  • Ministry specialties
  • Skills and experiences
  • Leadership description

Section I
  • Personal Information

Personal Information
  • Indicate preferred address to receive mail.
  • Provide as many contact options as possible (i.e.
    phone, fax, email, cell phone).
  • List education and work histories in descending
    order, with most recent experiences first.
  • Dont forget to list your secular business, CPE
    and field education experiences.
  • Use Diocesan guidelines (if any) to establish
    beginning compensation requirements.

Personal Information
  • Be honest about availability and preferences
    only use the open to consider new position code
    if you have been released to do so by your
  • List as many as three preferences. Along with
    your previous experience, these can be used to
    help filter your name into a search.
  • Use your own Diocesan Bishop as a reference.
  • Choose from among the clergy and laity with whom
    you have served to be your references.

Section II
  • Personal Ministry Statement

Personal Ministry StatementGuidelines
  • Be warm and human.
  • Avoid jargon and buzz words.
  • Use the word I.
  • Describe who you are honestly instead of what you
    think others want to hear.
  • Avoid red flags.
  • Write a paragraph about yourself and your
    ministry, then edit to 254 characters.
  • Feel free to be creative within the available

Section III
  • Ministry Specialties, Skills and Experiences

Ministry Specialties and Experience General
  • The database rewards specificity, so be as
    detailed as possible using the available codes.
    The search function of the database looks for
    both general and specific skills.
  • Choose experiences and skills by what you have
    done and what you wish to do in your future
  • Keep experiences and skills current, as these are
    the primary searchable items on your profile.
  • Think of the personal profile as a tool of the
    Holy Spirit by keeping your profile up to date,
    you remain open to the movement of the Spirit in
    your ministry vocation.

Developing a list of your Ministry Specialties
and Experiences
  • List experiences and skills from both church and
    secular employment.
  • Match this list with skills listed in the CDO
  • Choose up to 42 codes to list on your profile.
  • Group similar items from many ministry
    specialties into general categories.
  • Identify 6 broad ministry categories using the
    list that best describe your skills and
  • List miscellaneous skills.
  • Rank your ministry specialties and skills in
    order of importance.
  • Look for connections to your ministry statement.

Section IV
  • Leadership Description

Guidelines for developing yourLeadership
  • Be honest about your feelings and opinions.
  • Use this section to help others get a better
    understanding of your personality.
  • Answer all of the questions.
  • Be particularly aware of the Regarding
    Theological Views section some churches use
    question 22 as a litmus test.

  • General Guidelines

Questions to ask yourself as you develop your
Personal Profile
  • What kind of ministry is God calling me to now?
    How is this different from the ministries I have
    served in the past?
  • What skills and experiences do I have to offer
    the Church, and how do they relate to my call?
  • What education and study can I show to back up my
    skills and the ministry I want to offer?
  • What compensation do I need to support myself in
    order to do the ministry to which I feel called?

Filing and updating your profile online
  • Fill out and fax the form provided to the CDO to
    receive a user name and password.
  • Log on and change your user name and password.
  • Download the Ministry Skill/Experience Manual
    from Manuals and Forms section.
  • Subscribe to the Positions Open Bulletin.
  • Update regularly to remain current.

How and when to update
  • Update after any major change, especially as you
    change your ordination status and work history.
  • Update at least every other year to keep your
    profile listed as active in the database.
  • Consider updating your CDO Personal Profile as
    part of your annual ministry review.

A prayer before beginning
  • Almighty and everliving God, you have called me
    to minister in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Fill me now, I pray, with such a measure of your
    Holy Spirit that I may faithfully offer to your
    Church the gifts you have given to me for this
    ministry. Save me alike from false pride and
    false modesty that your name alone may be
    glorified by all people. This I ask for the sake
    of the same Jesus Christ, your Son and our
    Saviour. Amen.