Faith Based Jobs increase during Recession

I am sure that Pastors across the country are encouraged by a story written by the Christian post this week advising that Increased Christian job listings and heightened interest in advertising among faith-based entities may have supported the dip in the unemployment rate reported by the U.S. Labor Department on Friday.

The Labor Department reported that 216,000 new jobs were added in the month of March, reducing the number of unemployed workers to 8.8 percent compared to 8.9 percent in February. The dip marks a two-year low in unemployment amid layoffs at factories, retail stores, and various other industries. The gains have been said to come almost entirely from private businesses.

Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck, husband and wife career counselors, said they have seen an increase in the numbers of jobs posted on their employment website, Christian Career Center. Though the couple is based in Michigan, their site receives job listings from all over the country.

Typically, the site receives about 400 new job listings a month from Christian private schools, ministry groups, and churches, said Kevin Brennfleck. Since the start of the year, however, he said job listings have spiked to about 457 listings a month – an increase of almost 15 percent.

While this news is encouraging for the Faith based community as a whole, one wonders, though, how many of those jobs are being staffed by African American Churches, who have been experiencing a dip in tithes and offerings since early 2009. Many Churches are still faced with laying off workers due to decrease oferrings and tithes received in the collection plate on Sunday mornings.

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Source: Stephanie Samuel, The Christian Post