Frequently Asked Questions
What is ABPS?
A computer-based, data-storage-and-retrieval system, American Baptist Personnel Services (ABPS) produces personnel profiles to assist professionally trained ministry leaders who seek new opportunities to serve local congregations and denominational entities. ABPS also provides resources that enable local congregations to identify mission and leadership needs.
ABPS is now a part of ministrElife, custom-built at the direction of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS). All ministerial leaders, both lay and clergy, are encouraged to enroll in ministrElife and complete an ABPS profile.
Standing fully in the spirit of ABHMS, ABPS provides useful information—shared openly and without bias—that supports congregations developing Christ-centered leaders, equipping disciples and healing their neighborhoods and communities. ABPS is committed to ABHMS’ values of integrity, stewardship, diversity, collaboration and teamwork.
ABPS works in partnership with ABCUSA regions to assist local church search committees by retrieving profiles of ministry professionals with the skills and experiences needed by the church.
Can my ABPS Profile be searched if I don't have a subscription?
Yes. Both active and inactive ABPS Profiles can be searched by a recruiter. However, those with an active ABPS Profile will be seen in searches where the recruiter is looking for only those with an active ABPS Profile.
How do I update my ABPS Profile?
On the new ABPS on ministrElife, you can update your ABPS Profile yourself anytime from the Employ section of this site. There is no cost to update your information. However, for the additional validation and vetting it takes to make your ABPS Profile active, you will need to click the "Submit for Review" button at the top of the Employ section and sign up for the Employ or Elife Subscription Packages.
What is the difference between an active ABPS Profile and an inactive ABPS Profile?
An inactive ABPS Profile may have been completed and validated a while ago, but has not gone through a recent validation and vetting by our ABPS Team. Persons with an active ABPS Profile have been fully validated and vetted by our ABPS Team and are in good standing. You can distinguish these people by the blue star flag you see on their profile pictures.
What is the difference between Not Interested/Might Consider/ Open to Move and your availability?
Not interested- means exactly what it says.
Might Consider- you are not actively seeking a different call, but a region staff member can search for your ABPS profile and ask if you would be willing to have your profile submitted to a search committee for consideration.
Open to move- you are actively seeking a new call.