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: Insights, Part I

Considering how technology has changed our lives, are skills (soft, practical, and technical) important nowadays? What about reviewing employment opportunities? Do jobs last for an entire career? Are referrals important? These are critical questions for anyone working for an organization—questions for which the employment ministry can provide direction and additional insight.

Employment—what a fascinating word. What is the purpose of employment? Is it to make money? Is it to be busy and stay on a job for life? To some people, the purpose of employment may change, but the purpose of the employment ministry is clear: "To assist church and community members in securing employment by supplying job leads and resources in the form of professional development."

In fulfilling this purpose, the ministry links community partners, as well as other hiring organizations, to the community and church members. Typical community partners include non-profit organizations that provide job training and listings. The employment ministry collaborates with such partners using information and announcements listed on the partner corner on the FWCOC website. The ministry also allows interested job seekers to submit a survey for specific information, ranging from professional job searches to help with budgeting.

If someone has a job but does not have all the certifications or training that they need, they can get additional information from the employment ministry regarding possibilities. Some partners have access to certifications and can provide those certifications to attendees. The ministry also offers options for interviewing skills, resume building, and referrals. (Continued in Part II, “When does your career mindset start? Insights from a Member”).

Colossians 3:23-24, "23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve." (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: