Keeping God in Your Job Search

Keeping God in Your Job Search
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(narrator) Twice a month,
hundreds of people meet in the fellowship hall at
Roswell United Methodist Church near Atlanta. (man) Some people have got a job
but it’s not their ideal job. (narrator) But this church
business is about the other kind of business… finding
jobs in a tough economy. (Jay Litton) How much longer
you gonna wait before you send that email? Are you ready now? (narrator) Jay Litton leads
his job networking ministry. (Jay Litton) The last 10 years
or so we’ve gone from up to 50 or 60 in a good market,
and it’ll go up to maybe 150 or so in a bad market. The last few years we’ve
been running anywhere from 200 to 450 people. We like to celebrate
when people get jobs. We’re helping the job
seeker in their search, but we’re also helping the
volunteer grow in their faith, be a witness for Christ and
be observed in practicing their faith by folks that maybe
are non-believers and thinking, “Hmm, maybe this Christianity
thing is real and it’s not just people going to
church and going home.” It all starts with that
handshake when you walk in the door. Hopefully you experience a warm
greeting from that very first moment cause heads are
kinda hanging down a bit. There’s a little reluctance as
to what am I gonna expect, I’ve not been here before. We believe that God should be
part of the job search as well. (woman) Do you like blue? (Jay Litton) Then after
dinner we have about 11 different activities for
people to be involved in for about an hour of time. (narrator) The successful
program depends on volunteers willing to witness to
people in transition. (Charlie Brown) I was hired on as a full time real employee, and I have health
insurance again. (Jay Litton) When you’re at
the dinner tables and you’re a volunteer or you’re hosting
that table of let’s say 7 or 8 people, you’re now talking
about Christ to 7 people you’ve never met before. We’re too busy working,
taking care of our family. I mean, what are the odds that
we’ll speak to anybody about Christ this week
that we don’t know? From a volunteer standpoint
what a great opportunity to have strong eye contact, be in close
proximity with what their needs and goals are and be able
to offer some direction. (Micheal Dubois) There are some
folks I will want you to talk to in our own organization. (narrator) Michael Dubois is
a volunteer industry guide, a mentor for those looking for
contacts in certain fields. (Michael DuBois) It’s
amazingly humbling to work in a job ministry. As soon as somebody walks in our
door or makes that phone call and makes contact with one of
us, they know that there are people out there that love them. And that’s because there’s a
God out there that loves them. (Jay Litton) One of the most
interesting things about a job networking ministry is, you
don’t need more than one person to volunteer. And by the way, you just
need one person out of work. That’s it. I have a concern that when
people stop by and see what we’re doing, it looks like
this big huge production, big huge event. And it’s like, “Well, if
we can’t do that then we shouldn’t do anything.” And that’s just so wrong. So we go out of our way to let
every church know that there should be somebody there at that
church that should be willing to have conversations with
people that are in transition. (narrator) Tyrone Griffin
tried the program at Roswell, found a job, and kept the faith. (Tyrone Griffin) The day I
was hired, I felt relief. I was thankful. I had trusted God. So the biggest thing I thought
was, ‘Oh, this is what you have for me because I knew
there was something, I didn’t know what. (Jay Litton) What we don’t do is
spend 40 hours a week tracking your success and say “Look
what we did at RUMC.” We let God handle the results. We’re just here to serve you and
make sure you’re well-equipped to get that job on your own.

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