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 - College and Young Professionals Ministry
Inspiring and Preparing for the Future while walking the Christian Path
Do you remember being in college and preparing for your career? Do you remember the job search? Did you get overwhelmed by job offers, or were you struggling to find anyone interested? Some graduates receive a dozen offers or more across different sectors, while others struggle to get just one. All factors being equal (grades, coursework, background, contacts, abilities, etc.), it is noticeably different when you keep God first and have people who are strongly aligned to the church and striving to always help you succeed. This is just one example how God can move you further and others do not understand how you were able to do it.
You may not notice the differences right away, but you can understand them years later as you look back and view the history of your journey. Regardless, keeping God first during your journey through college will help you to continue to progress as you prepare to become a professional.
A day in the life of a college student and young professional can hide snares that can be detrimental to your spiritual, emotional, and physical growth. Young adults need guidance in their lives, and the challenges can range from deciding whether to even continue your education after high school graduation to where to study, what career path to choose, whether to take a career-oriented job, and how to navigate the "forks" in the road during your journey.
College life brings a different vibe, a set of new rules, and a new navigation plan that you will have to learn, follow, and complete to be successful. Organizing your life at this point is at a whole new level, and the help your parents (and adult mentors/advisors) gave you in high school was training for this new life. College students must also manage a level of cultural diversity that is often different from that with which they are familiar. Choosing a career and maintaining academic standards in college will be vital to your success. College students have many obstacles to overcome, from managing finances to staying healthy, building a strong "morals" minded network of friends and acquaintances, managing relationships, accomplishing milestones and making key decisions for further growth.
Transitioning from college to professional life can be another daunting task. There are stressors that accompany living alone, including making key decisions, sustaining a productive and prosperous career, and building the life that you dreamed of. Finding resources to help you navigate is crucial to success, and the College and Young Professionals ministry is there to help with all the needs of young adults, applying Christian values and the experience and knowledge of the professionals who run it and of the volunteers who offer essential resources.
College to Young Professional
The purpose of the College and Young Professionals ministry is to encourage college students to remain faithful to God as they pursue their educational goals – to organize activities that encourage students’ spiritual development and involvement in the Lord’s work.
Bro. Stephen Henley knows all too well of the obstacles that young adults face, and he has an arsenal of resources to help them to navigate and make good decisions. The College and Young Professionals ministry offers a variety of resources, activities, and community services that support the efforts of young adults from their first year of college through to the age of 27. Many of the activities are the result of students asking the “hard questions” about finances, choosing a career, managing relationships, and navigating the Christian life.
The ministry supports various activities, including College Bible Class on Wednesday night, College Ladies Zoom Fellowships, and Bible classes on Thursday, held on the campus of Texas Southern University (TSU). The Thursday night Bible class is hosted through a campus religious organization known as the Tigers for Christ, which is led by Cedric Lee (President of Tigers for Christ.) In addition, the ministry sponsors a Young Professional Transitions Workshop as a resource that includes a range of seminars (paying taxes, buying a home, utilizing principles for Christian living) and a career fair to explore job opportunities.
The ministry also sponsors various community efforts, including creating and sending care packages to college students, distributing Mana bags (with items such as socks, tee shirts, toiletries, snacks, and a ministry tape) to the homeless/veterans, and sewing and donating masks to the VA Hospital.
1 Peter 5:5 5"You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God is opposed to the proud, but He gives grace to the humble" (Source: Bible – New American Standard (NASB))
Ministry: College and Young Professionals Ministry.
Coordinator(s) and/or Volunteer(s): Stephen Henley, Otis Phillips, Gary Grandison, Angel Grandison, James Dean Colbert, Cynthia Colbert, Cedric Lee.
Ministry In-Brief Administrator and Volunteer(s): Karl Spencer, Yolonda Gaines.
Location: Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center.
Ministry In-Brief Archive:
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 protected]