The church was created to be a place where transformation takes place, both inside the Body and out in the community. What if there was a proven way to equip the church to transform both the lives of the poor and everyone who serves them? What if serving the poor is about more than meeting their needs—what if it’s about God’s people becoming engaged with each other and those in the community to discover His purpose and provision? The Jobs Partnership invites you to join our diverse network of Church Partners who are working together to engage, train and mobilize people to transform the lives of struggling men and women through a work-focused, Christ-centered process. And we’re not just transforming lives--we’re setting a new course for future generations. This is what the church was made for.
Jasmine Jones, LifeWorks Graduate & Health Unit Coordinator
“I was a young single mom without a job. During the LifeWorks course I learned about my God-given abilities, how to interview and so much more. I even got hired by one of the Employer Partners within the first few weeks. Toward the end of the course, the Jobs Partnership team presented me with the opportunity to earn a certificate in the field of healthcare. Meanwhile, the team was working behind the scenes with a leading hospital to line up a full-time position for me. I am now a Health Unit Coordinator with the goal of continuing my training to be a registered nurse!”
Michael Zizmer, Volunteer Coach & Financial Partner
Member of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando
“Being a mentor in the classes was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. It’s awesome to watch people get out of debt, take care of their families and create a career for themselves. Watching the transformation in the way they feel about themselves is a testimony to the way God feels about us.”
Elizabeth Cronlund, Church Partner Representative
Community Development Coordinator, Summit Church
“The relationship between Summit and The Jobs Partnership has created many opportunities for our congregation to engage in meaningful ministry that tangibly helps our neighbors. The structure, curriculum and support provided by Jobs Partnership allows each church to use their unique strengths to flourish as agents of change. No matter the makeup or size, any church can bring value to this family of churches, businesses and community resources for the benefit of our community.”
Dorathy Nevitt, Employer Partner & Jobs Partnership Board Member
Member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
“Several Graduates of the LifeWorks course have become brilliant hosts at our resort and at other properties throughout the market. Many of our directors, managers, and supervisors have volunteered their time to lead classes, mentor Students, review resumes, conduct mock interviews, and assist Students in finding employment.”
Almost Giving Up.
How Families are Struggling.
Nearly half of all households in our community are struggling on a daily basis to provide food, rent, childcare and transportation for themselves and their families. About two-thirds of these people are the ‘working poor’ or chronically underemployed. These families are in our churches, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. And though we are called to love them and help them, the issues are complex--and often the church’s resources are limited.
The Way Up.
Our Proven Process is Transforming Families.
The Jobs Partnership has developed a unique and proven solution built on the Biblical truth that all people are created and designed by God to work, to be fruitful and to have purpose in their lives. We provide the framework for churches to mobilize their congregations to serve the poor through an an innovative, no-cost training course for struggling men and women called LifeWorks. This Christ-centered, work-focused training course is the beginning of a series of life-changing opportunities. Students are paired with a volunteer Coach, attend an exclusive Resource Fair and Career Fair, have access to our Orlando Jobs Connection online portal, and more. Prior to Graduation, Students are guided in choosing the right next step through our Career Pathways process, where a world of opportunities await.
The Way Up Process
The Jobs Partnership, Community Resources and Churches recruit Students using our marketing materials.
Students can apply year-round via our online application at JobsPartnership.org.
3. LIFEWORKS CLASSES
Students attend our training course provided by The Jobs Partnership in collaboration with Churches and Volunteer Teams.
4. RESOURCE FAIR
Students attend a Resource Fair provided by The Jobs Partnership in collaboration with Community Resources and Volunteer Teams.
5. CAREER FAIR
Students attend an exclusive Career Fair provided by The Jobs Partnership in collaboration with Employer Partners, Educational Resources and Volunteer Teams.
6. CAREER PATHWAYS
The Jobs Partnership team, Churches and Volunteers assist Graduates in determining their next steps through our Career Pathways process.
7. LIFEWORKS GRADUATION
Students graduate the course and attend Graduation with their families and all of our Partners and Volunteers.
8. A BETTER LIFE
“My life works.” Graduates become unstoppable on a new path to career and life success, with more opportunities than ever on The Way Up.
C=Churches V=Volunteers S=Students E=Employers CR=Community Resources JP=Jobs Partnership
What It Is
LifeWorks is a training course developed by The Jobs Partnership for chronically underemployed men and women who are stalled in their jobs, their lives, or both. The class meets one evening per week for 12 weeks, and is offered twice per year at regional Training Sites around Central Florida. In their first class, each Student is paired with a volunteer Coach, who serves as their mentor and advocate throughout the course. Classes begin with prayer and a meal together, where relationships between Students and Coaches develop over casual conversation. Pastors, community leaders and seasoned professionals teach the relevant curriculum covering both practical and spiritual matters of life and work. Throughout the course, Students are presented with numerous opportunities to engage with our Community Partners, Employer Partners and Church Partners through personal connections, beneficial resources and exclusive events.
How It Works
We provide everything needed for our Church Partners to promote, plan and run a LifeWorks Training course with the ongoing guidance and support of our team at The Jobs Partnership. In other words, the course is a ministry of local churches working together, using the structure, resources and tools provided by The Jobs Partnership. Most Church Partners choose to collaborate together in providing the class at an agreed-upon Training Site. Each Church Partner can choose to play the role or roles that best suit their capabilities and strengths.
The Jobs Partnership Role
- Mobilize the resources and relationships to support LifeWorks training
- Provide LifeWorks Training model (i.e. curriculum, operations, instructors)
- Provide consulting and support to Training Sites
- Provide all marketing materials
- Provide and develop Partnerships (i.e. employers, agencies, education)
Church Council Role
- Mobilize congregation to serve and collaborate with other churches to operate LifeWorks Training site
- Select and recommend Volunteers
- Recruit qualified LifeWorks applicants
- Engage employers in the church
- Leverage ministry resources
- Financial commitment
LifeWorks Training is like a boot-camp for life and work, with volunteer Coaches and practical, Biblical teaching by seasoned instructors that transforms the head and heart. The proven curriculum focuses on relevant “Life” and “Work” topics from a Christian worldview in a clearly defined 3-tiered process:
The Foundation tier gives Students a perspective of God’s view of the world and them, so they can understand their purpose in life and work.
The Moving Forward tier teaches Students how to align their lives according to the truth--understanding authority, taking responsibility, interview strategies and much more.
The Way Up tier provides tools and principles to foster success on the job and in life, including how to use their gifts and talents for God’s glory.
Benefits of Church Partnership
Becoming a Church Partner enables your church to truly fulfill its call not just to serve but to grow, in partnership with others. We provide the framework for our Church Partners to run this course as a ministry of the local church, because it’s within a community of believers that true and lasting change happens. Imagine becoming part of a city-wide initiative that’s uniting churches to:
- Address community needs through relevant ministry
- Provide help to struggling families in your church
- Mobilize your people to serve the poor
- Combine professionals’ faith and work to serve
- Train and equip your future leaders
- Collaborate within a proven framework
- Build cross-denominational church relationships
- Network with a rich diversity of churches and people
- Discover community resources for your members
- Grow your church by engaging with Students
- Impact whole families and communities
- Extend your exposure and reach in the community
Join our network of 50+ Church Partners across Central Florida who, together, are mobilizing their people to transform the lives of struggling individuals and families in our community.
Pastor Sylvester Robinson, Senior Pastor
Love Fellowship Christian Church
“This partnership enables the Church to help people not just achieve gainful employment, but completely change how they view themselves. And once they learn the principles, they become tithing members, they become givers, not only in the church but in the community. When your church gets involved it will bless you, as you are blessing people.”
Dr. David Swanson, Senior Pastor & Head of Staff
First Presbyterian Church of Orlando
“The Jobs Partnership enables our business leaders in the church to connect their faith and giftings at work to serve the needs of people in the community. It’s impacting our church members when they see real change in the Students and their families–in who they are, and the way they think about their lives. And it’s given us an opportunity to create a culture that reflects the true kingdom of God.”
Church Partner Resources
The following downloadable resources are here for your church to further explore and share The Jobs Partnership with your church leaders, employers, potential volunteers and potential students. Under Church Partner Materials, you’ll find tools needed to present what we offer to churches and their members. Under LifeWorks Promotional Materials, you’ll find the tools for recruiting struggling men and women both in your church and in your community. Printed versions of these materials may be ordered through The Jobs Partnership. To discuss these tools, a possible Partnership and/or request an order of printed materials, please contact Marc Stanakis, President at 407-641-0755 x104.
Church Partner Materials:
LifeWorks Promotional Materials:
Our Church Partners
Agape Temple of Faith
All Saints Episcopal Church
Christ Gospel Church
Christ International Church Orlando
Church of the Good Shepherd
First United Methodist Church of Winter Park
The Life Center Church
New Fellowship Church of God
Open Door Baptist Church
Orangewood Presbyterian Church
Redeeming Light Center Church
St. Andrews Chapel
St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church
Christ Kingdom Church
Friends Community Church
Grace Journey Church
Orlando Baptist Church
Real Life Church
Summit Church Herndon
Summit Church Waterford
University Presbyterian Church
Christ Open Door Community Church
El Bethel Temple of Jesus
First Baptist Church of Orlando
First United Methodist Church of Orlando
The Hope Church
International Harvest Church of God
Lake Como Connexions
Love Fellowship Christian Church
Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church
Mt. Sinai Seventh Day Adventist Church
Mt. Zion Tabernacle Christian Church
New Covenant Baptist Church
New Covenant Faith Fellowship Church
Orlando World Outreach Center
South Street Ministry
Divine Way Ministries
Faith Center Internationa
Church at The Cross
First Presbyterian Church of Orlando
Fountain of Truth Ministries
Heart of Mercy Community Church
The Kingdom Church
Majestic Life Church
Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
New Life Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
River of Life Christian Center
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
The Worship Center Church, Inc.