Saturday, October 29, 2011

Writing a Ministry Bio

Please send your bio? This is usually one of the first requests that will be asked of you when a church or organization invites you to speak at their function. A biography is a summarization of your accomplishments and some personal information into a couple short sentences or even a few paragraphs.

Bio writing is challenging. It forces you to prioritize what’s most important about you. It’s an intimidating task to reduce information about “the wonderful you” into a brief clear and concise writing.

Here are a few tips about writing bios:
1. Read other biographies for inspiration of what to do and what not to do.
2. Gather a list of facts about yourself in chronological order. These facts should be related to your purpose. Include your hometown & current location, current church & pastor, spouse’s name, number of children, education and certifications.
3. Write a list of specific qualities about yourself. Ask yourself which qualities make you interesting.
4. List the person's accomplishments. Tie these accomplishments in with your ministry work.
5. Review your list of qualities and accomplishments. Choose the ones that describe you best and represents your ties to ministry.

6. Resist the urge to impress. Humility goes a long way! Just give the facts