Most of what I am involved in happens inside the church. But, the mission of the church is to reach those outside, so to speak. When I think about it however, the church is not a collection of people in one place for the most part. She is a network of people in a community superimposed over a larger community that is defined geographically. She is dispersed most of the time into that network. One day all the networks will combine and we will become a beautiful network organized in a divine way to worship the King of the earth. Wow! How did I get there?
The point I want to make is that out of my specific church ministries are springing up. Those ministries usually form based on non-profit organizations. What is happening here is so amazing that I want to expose what some are doing. Their work is wonderful because it impacts so many people.
I became involved with Jobs for Life through Clerestory. In the Birmingham area now approximately 7 churches or centers are offering Jobs for Life and Powered for Life training for those who need support and skills development to move into the workplace successfully.
It is a beautiful thing to help someone in this way.
Here are some sites which help to tell the story.