Held the first Thursday of each month, Tabernacle’s Career Ministry provides career assistance to citizens in Bartow County that are unemployed or misemployed. The ministry’s purpose, a church press release said, is to show God’s love by helping others in career transition with direction, resource opportunities, prayer and encouragement.
The U.S. unemployment rate dropped in late 2011, but the decrease was misleading. The U.S. Department of Labor did not count more than 11 million jobless people who were classified as “discouraged workers,” those who were willing and able to work but did not seek employment during the previous 30 days. Such discouragement has many roots. Their employers might have eliminated jobs due to belt-tightening or moved jobs overseas to cut labor costs, the release stated.
“If you look beyond the employment figures, you will see that underemployment is the insidious burden on our economy. You will see families who are counted as success stories by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but who are unable to pump fuel in the economic engine that drives our economy,” the release stated.
Research shows that discouragement often grows the longer a worker is unemployed. Such individuals begin to spend less time each month looking for a new job.
“We all fail to realize there is grieving process involved — denial, anger, bargaining and acceptance. People who go through unemployment need to go through that. Job loss is considered one of the top 10 most stressful life events,” according to the release.
“The needs of the discouraged worker are complex, which is where local churches can step in. The church has an unique and wonderful role to play. The church provides spirituality and emotional support that can cut through the anxiety and the depression and give people hope. Unlike secular agencies, the church can help people see their true worth in Christ, give them a new sense of purpose for their work lives, and re-energize them for the job search process.”
Monthly meetings of the career ministry include devotion; group and individual discussions; job networking; and occasional guest speakers to inform and encourage participants. The ministry coordinates some of its efforts with community unemployment assistance organizations but emphasizes a more individual approach to the needs of those in career transition, the release stated.
The monthly Ministry meetings are held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the church and are open to the public. No advanced registration is required for attendance. The next meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 6.
For more information, visit the church’s website at www.tabernaclebaptist.org or contact the church at 770-382-1977. Employers seeking qualified employees also may email job openings to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the church for more information.