When I graduated college and was on the job hunt, “You’re hired!” was one of the most empowering phrases I heard. This meant so much to me. It meant that I could claim some independence. I am the youngest of five girls and my mom would’ve loved it if we all had decided to stay home.
However, as an independent woman, I wanted the freedom to come and go as I pleased. I wanted to stock my fridge and cupboards with the foods that I enjoyed. I wanted to visit new places and treat myself to new things. I knew that having employment would allow me that freedom. Although I was the fortunate one out of several candidates, I often wondered what happened to the other’s.
If you are familiar with my blog you will know one of those applicants turned out to be my husband. Therefore, I know how his life was impacted by the hiring manager’s decision. However, I still wondered about the others. I wonder because some of my classmates couldn’t find employment for nearly 6 months after graduating college.
This thought has compelled me to use my Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Master’s in the Art of Teaching, plus the 18 years of professional experience in Training and Development to help those in need find and keep meaningful employment. I have joined Jobs for Life as the Training Specialist this May.
Unemployment is a global problem that requires a local solution. At Jobs for Life (JfL), we believe the solution is found within the local Church.
By training, equipping, and connecting churches, ministries, and businesses in communities all over the world, JfL helps prepare men and women for meaningful work through honest relationships, mentoring, work-force development training, and an ongoing community of support.
Established in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1996, JfL addresses the root causes of unemployment by uniting churches, businesses, and community organizations and facilitating positive transformation within lives and communities.
Nothing attacks one’s dignity like a lack of work.
The suffering and consequences of unemployment and underemployment are pervasive and heart-wrenching. Joblessness contributes to poverty, crime, homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancies, depression, divorce, and suicide – it is self-perpetuating and tears at the fabric of society.
At Jobs for Life, we believe the Church is uniquely equipped to address the devastating effects of unemployment and poverty by helping men and women experience the dignity of work–through honest relationships, mentoring, Biblically-based training, and an ongoing community of support.
MISSION: Jobs for Life engages and equips the Church to prepare individuals for meaningful work.
VISION: All people are flourishing in their work and relationships.
Start a Class Powerful things happen in the class. Dignity is restored. Character is built. Cities are transformed. Jobs for Life offers a discipleship platform enabling members of your church to develop gospel-centered relationships as unemployed men and women learn God’s gift of work, find employment, and experience life in Christ.
5 EASY STEPS TO START YOUR CLASS
Step 1: Pray and Cast Vision Pray and cast vision to your church leadership or community group and determine the interest of running a Jobs for Life class. Here are Resources you can use to present Jobs for Life and garner support.
Step 2: Get Trained After you have made the decision to run a Jobs for Life class, the next step is to get trained through JfL CORE. This training course equips churches and organizations to lead a Jobs for Life or Powered for Life class in their city. Throughout this training, JfL staff and experienced leaders will walk participants through biblical principles, proven strategies and key logistics that assist team members in preparing men and women for meaningful work. This live training course will connect all participants involved through interactive facilitation, group discussions and exercises. Once trained, you will receive access to the training materials.
Step 3: Recruit the Team and Set Your Class Logistics After you’ve completed JfL CORE Training, it’s time to build your team prep for your class! Recruit volunteers from your church or organization to help lead the class and invite them to your JfL website account so that they too can access the resources and tools. Determine the first set of logistics, including the class date, time and location.
Step 4: Engage Students Now that you’ve been trained and built your team, start inviting people from your community to take the class. You can advertise in your church, local community groups, and/or partner with city or county agencies.
Step 5: Register Your Class, Add Student Info, Share Your Stories By registering your class and adding your student information to your account, you are able to keep historical records and track your impact.
After you have completed these steps, you are ready to start your first JfL class and begin helping people obtain meaningful employment.
This information and more can be found on Jobs for Life website.
Jobs for Life aims to see all people flourishing in their relationships and work. More specifically, we provide a platform for churches and ministries around the country to engage their communities to help individuals find and maintain meaningful employment. Our Biblically-based work readiness curriculum emphasizes job search skills, character, relational mentoring, and creating an ongoing community of mentors, instructors and employers. This network greatly improves their chances of finding meaningful work and achieving long-term success.
Have you heard of the Jobs for Life? Do you think the Church has a role to play in eradicating poverty in the world? Please share in the comments below. I really would love to know.
Until next time, shine amongst the stars!
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