Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center
The FWCOC Resource Center is a way for members to use their gifts and talents to serve God and mankind. All resources and activities listed on the site are provided FREE of charge to residents of the greater Houston area. If you are wondering how we can offer these services free, the answer lies at the heart of what we understand as God’s directive for our lives. "As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God" (1 Peter 4:10). The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief is our way of providing a profile of Ministries at Work.
The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief: Employment Ministry: When does your career mindset start? Insights from a Member, Part II
How do we determine when our career should start? If we work backwards to show how we achieved our career, maybe we can gain some insight and help others in their journeys. One FWCOC member has some insights that may provide a perspective into launching a career using a backward design (How did I get here?) approach. This member wants to lift up others to join in and provide career insights for the younger generation and also requests that if you want to know who this member is, you follow up with an email to the In-Brief Administrator. Emailing will allow you to take action on what you have read.
Career Insights from a Member
What do you do? I am a small business owner running two businesses: one in information technology (IT) solutions and one in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) K-18 professional development and research. It’s a weird career combination, but it merges my education, vision and mindset.
What does the market look like for what you do? Let me answer this question by sharing the number of emails and phone calls I receive daily about securing a contract or whether I know of anyone that has certain skills. On an average, I get five calls and 20 email messages a day about different opportunities, but some days it’s over 20 calls and 50 emails about various jobs or contracts.
What is your advice to people that want to follow their interests and vision? Interests and visions are always useful in order to keep you motivated, but you must be realistic and understand that you may have to make sacrifices until your plans materialize. You can also follow your interests or vision as a hobby until something pops up, but don't let it consume you and lead you away from God. Just because you understand your vision doesn't mean that others will be onboard immediately. You may be years ahead of the idea, but you need to decide how you are going to maintain the financial aspects of your life until everyone catches up with you.
What do you think helped your career mindset? Growing up in the Church of Christ, keeping God first in everything, having God's favor, understanding Bible-based lessons and strong parental support and encouragement helped to focus my mindset. I often say that "birds fly into my head frequently" to help guide and remind me. I listen, keep an open mind, allow myself to be guided and act on the best opportunities, all while using rational and critical thought processes to vet options. Of course, I had valuable education and experiences along the way, but putting God first has allowed me to look back and understand the "forks" in the road. Also, being challenged with rigor in school early on and experiencing the natural world to garner an understanding of it and apply critical thinking to my curiosity added to my mindset. Rote memorization is easy, but applying concepts and knowledge to the natural world helped me understand how things work.
Any regrets on your career moves? Not really. I love what I do. If you allow God to order your steps, there are no wrong decisions. Sometimes you might think a decision is wrong, but each decision allows you to grow. You build upon previous decisions, and you keep making decisions. So, looking back, I believe that if I had missed the positive and negative experiences that have allowed me to grow, I would not have been shaped into who I am today.
What would you tell a young person trying to decide on a career? There are a vast number of career options for students. From an employer’s perspective, if employees have a combination of key skills, including the ability to use rational thinking, solve problems, act civilly and think critically across scenarios, they stand out; they are not "rote" learners. The majority of job candidates have the technical skills and degrees required, but unique candidates have the skills that set them apart and will ultimately prove to be the most valuable to an employer. Students should strive for classes that will prepare them for their college or post-secondary endeavors. Make sure you understand each subject’s concepts and content instead of focusing on rote memorization to get through an exam. It is true that not everybody goes to college, but everyone will need some type of job to earn an honest wage. So, when the right opportunity presents itself, you must act. You also must have the faith, courage and ability to screen opportunities and turn them down, regardless of the conditions, if they do not fit your goals. As you do this, understand the consequences of accepting or rejecting said opportunities. Ultimately in any career situation, turn to God to order your steps as you make decisions.
Acts 18:9-10, 9 “And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; 10for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city.” (Source: Bible – New American Standard (NASB))
Ministry: Employment Ministry. Coordinator(s) and/or Volunteer(s): David Willis, Alicia Brown. Ministry In-Brief Administrator: Karl Spencer. Location: Fifth Ward Church of Christ Family Life Center.
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Resource Center Highlights
The Goals and Vision of the center are to:
(1) Offer quality resources that contribute to the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of local community residents and the Greater Houston Area;
(2) Provide an opportunity for every desiring member to use their particular gifts in service to God and mankind;
(3) Cultivate a community of believers who support and encourage one another, and who ultimately bring glory to God; and
(4) Create opportunities to share the goods news of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom.
Some services require pre-registration or accompaniment by a member. Space is limited. Call or email us for additional information. Tel: 713-672-2654, Email: email@example.com