Faithlink Discussion: Finding a Job

by jacobjuncker

I resonate a lot with the August 2009 Boston Globe article (quoted in Faithlink) which states that “churches aren’t just stained glass and pews anymore–they’re resource centers.”

In the Greater Lafayette area we have been no stranger to job layoffs and more are coming.  A February 23 article in the Journal & Courier noted that some 150 teachers in the Tippecanoe School Corporation would be receiving letters of termination or forced pay cuts.  That is just one of the three school corporations that Christ United Methodist Church–the church I have the privelege of being in ministry with–has direct contact.  I wonder how Christ United might respond?  How might Christ United Methodist Church at the corner of S. 18th and 350 S. respond to the layoffs in the immediate area?

Are there opportunities that we are missing out on?  One of the areas schools across the nation are cutting is music and the arts.  Historically, the church has been on the cutting edge of the art scene.  Unfortunately, we have lost our foothold in this arena in recent years, but why not reclaim it now?  The door seems open.  How else will our children learn about music, painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, etc.?

There have been a lot of layoffs in my community.  Christ United has responded by making financial aid more available to those in need, but there is so much more we could be doing.  Why not start a free food pantry? expand the clothing closet to include adult clothing and open the entire ministry to the community?  Why not start  an unemployed support group?  a networking forum?  Why not start an after school arts and tutoring program to hire those teachers that will find themselves without work or underemployed?

How can Christ United be a resource for persons who are out of work or under employed?

“When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest” (Matthew 9:36-38).