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FACILITATOR GUIDE

Dear Facilitator,

Thank you so much for taking the step to lead a Crossroads Career small group!
At Crossroads, our mission is to help people hear God’s calling, maximize their
potential, and get the right job. Your involvement is key to helping accomplish that
mission.

To go along with the You Are Created for Good Works workbooks, we have
created this facilitator guide specifically to equip you for leading the group each week.
You’ll find tools and tips for facilitators, sample agendas, discussion questions, and
Scripture verses to consider.

We’ve also included some “Reads + Resources” for each session to prepare you
weekly and to be shared with your group. Our website also has over 100 free resources
that you and your group members may find helpful throughout the process. Exercises
that go along with several of the steps can be found in the Appendix.
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The reason that this guide is digital is because it is a living, breathing document.
We intend to keep this active and up to date. You are welcome to print out this guide.
We will send out updates if new content is added.

If you have any suggestions or submissions for this guide that you feel like would
add value, feel free to email Support@CrossroadsCareer.org with the subject line
Facilitators Guide and we will take it into consideration. As you are the ones actually
leading groups in the field, your input is valuable and will help others who come after
you.

May these next 8 sessions be full of blessings as you and your group seek to
love God completely, love yourselves correctly, and love others completely.

In Christ,

Crossroads Career

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Table of Contents

Facilitator Tools & Tips 6


Why is it important to minister to job seekers and people in the workforce? 6
Why is Crossroads Career from a faith-based perspective? 7
Partnering with American Job Centers 8
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Facilitator Tools & Tips
The following sections offer tips, wisdom and resources about several different aspects
of career groups to help you as you start your journey as a Crossroads small group
facilitator.

Why is it important to minister to job seekers and people


in the workforce?
Of the over 150 million Americans that are in the workforce, More than 20 million are
unemployed or underemployed according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In July
2020 they reported the following statistics:
● 6.3 million people unemployed
● 8.4 million people underemployed or employed part time for economic reasons
● 2.0 million persons marginally attached to the labor force and discouraged
workers

Meanwhile, Gallup surveys and tracks employee engagement, which has been more
volatile than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In their report from July 2020,
● 14% are actively disengaged employees, “who have miserable work experiences
and spread their unhappiness to their colleagues.”
● 32% are engaged employees, which are “those who are highly involved in,
enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and workplace.”
● The remaining 54% of workers are "not engaged.” They are psychologically
unattached to their work and company. These employees put time, but not
energy or passion, into their work. Not engaged employees typically show up to
work and contribute the minimum effort required. They're also on the lookout
for better employment opportunities and will quickly leave their company for a
slightly better offer.

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According to a recent Harris poll, referenced in this USA Today article, About 54% of
Americans fear they may lose their job due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Imagine what would happen if more and more people went from being disengaged to
fully-employed, called, and fulfilled. God made us to be His masterpieces created for
good works, which He prepared in advance so that we walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
This is the difference that you can help make by working through the Crossroads
materials with your group.

Why is Crossroads Career from a faith-based


perspective?
Crossroads Career offers faith-based job search and career resources because it is
relevant and needed. Faith-based organizations, especially churches, are positioned to
help people with their job and career search needs.

According to Gallup’s recent research on religion:


● The majority of Americans indicate a belief in God. Gallup has asked this
question three different ways in recent years, with belief varying across them
from 87% to 64%.
● 58% percent say they pray often
● 45% identify as either Protestant or Christian (non-specific) and another 22% are
Catholic
● About 53% of Americans say religion can answer all or most of life’s problems.

Jim Clifton said in The Jobs War, “Joblessness is the strongest core driver of national
hopelessness.” (Gallup Press, 2011)

Meanwhile, people come to churches looking for help. According to a Lifeway survey
of over 1000 church pastors: “Sixty-two percent (of pastors) had been approached for
help by persons from their community, while 31 percent had been approached by their
own church members” (September 2, 2009, ChristianityToday.com)

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“Churches, in particular, have the opportunity and the obligation to help the
unemployed because work is so important to the nature of humanity that when the
ability or opportunity to work is not there, it’s dehumanizing,” said Jim Kissane,
Coordinator of In Between Jobs Support Group at St. Paul Parish in Tampa.
feel that they are on your team and that the two of you need to work together to
encourage other people to respond.

Buy the Small Group Kit for your Church or small group

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