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Multnomah Ministry Web Directory Connects Community with Ministry

4/9/2010

Multnomah University has taken the next step in preparing students for Christian ministry by connecting them directly with ministry organizations. In fall 2009, Multnomah launched the Ministry Web Directory (MWD) with an aim to serve student, alumni, and other community needs. The MWD is an online search database open to the public that is designed to match individuals seeking ministry opportunities with organizations that provide them.

Creating Connections

After logging into Multnomah's MWD, users can access more than 100 job opportunities and 40 internships offered by trusted organizations. When a position has been filled, organizations update the status, keeping the job lists current. As a powerful search engine, the MWD incorporates user profiles and search preferences to compile a report of ministries that match the users' specifications. The search engine gleans through more than 2400 organizations to find matches.

With the MWD, users can:

  • Create search preferences for ministry type, denomination, location, and job positions
  • Research matching ministries, find ministry descriptions, find available positions and contact information
  • Contact ministries, building connections that could lead to job opportunities
  • Access more opportunities as MWD adds organizations daily
  • Make personal profiles active, enabling ministries to search for and contact individuals who match the organization's needs

Multnomah's MWD charges organizations $25 per year for a pack of five vacancy postings. The MWD service is free to everyone else; only vacancy posting requires payment.

Connecting Multnomah

The MWD service complements Professor Bonnie Kopp's required Career Development class at the undergraduate Bible College. During the class, Prof. Kopp shows students how to set up MWD profiles and search for matching organizations using their in-class career match results.

The service is also available to all Seminary, Graduate, Adult Degree Completion, and Connect Online students. All alumni are encouraged to participate as either a seeker or a poster. The service is open to anyone in the community wishing to serve in a ministry.

Multnomah approves all organizations and ministries before adding them. This approval process ensures that all organizations MWD displays fit with Multnomah University's doctrinal and ethical values. Currently, Multnomah's MWD database hosts 836 individuals and 978 approved organizations with the numbers growing all the time.

Quotes

"When Jesus said, ‘I come to give you life, and life abundantly,' a part of that was the idea that the Father wants us to live our lives in the way he's wired us," Multnomah Career Services and Student Ministry Director, Jim Saemenes, said. "That includes our careers and the way we serve. So if we can help people connect with that, then we have increased the value of an education at this institution, we have helped with recruitment, and we've helped with retention of students."

"This is cutting edge - Multnomah is once again leading the way," Saemenes said. "It communicates to me that our university wants to be the best that it can be before God - in stewardship, in helping ministry partners, in helping alumni, in helping students - and that makes Multnomah a great place to be a part of."

Contact Info

For more information about Multnomah's Ministry Web Directory and other career services programs, please contact Multnomah University Career Center at 503.251.6472 or careerservices@multnomah.edu.

About Multnomah

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, a graduate school, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelors and masters degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.