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The next Work Life Facilitator Training will take place in two stages. The online portion will begin June 4th; live training will take place July 14th and 15th at the Advance Memphis building. Register here.

1. Who should sign up for the Work Life Facilitator Certification course?

Running a jobs-preparedness ministry requires serious commitment and availability. Sites must be committed to walking with participants in their actual job search during and after the course ends. If your ministry only has capacity to do the training, but cannot support graduates in their ongoing job search, whether through staff, volunteers, allies, or strategic partners, then you do not have capacity to offer job training. For this reason, it is our suggestion that sites have roughly the equivalent of a “half time” (20 hours per week) position committed to spearheading recruitment, facilitation of the class, and follow-up support. While this does not have to be a paid staff person nor even need to be one single individual, serious commitment to walking with job seekers ought to be a pre-requisite for beginning a Work Life site. Facilitators may be staff, volunteers, clergy, or laypersons who are interested in engaging in relational ministry with people who are struggling to find, keep, or succeed at work, particularly in contest of multi-generational poverty. Facilitators should be relational and accessible both during and outside of training. The ideal facilitator will have completed at least 2 years of college and flourished in the workplace for at least 2 years.

Additional support persons can sign up to audit the Work Life online class to gain access to the materials being discussed. This can be a low-cost way to ensure that ministry volunteers are on the same page. See the last question below for more information.

2. What is included in the Work Life registration fee? 

Registration includes attendance of the 4-week online course and 2-day live event, including course materials/guides and breakfast/lunch during both days of the live training event. Participants must separately purchase a copy of When Helping Hurts and cover any necessary travel expenses.

3. Do I have to be living and working in the United States or Canada to participate in the Work Life Facilitator Certification Course?

Yes. While the online coursework can be completed anywhere with internet access, the strategies themselves are designed and field-tested around the needs of low-income communities in the US/Canada.

4. Why do I have to be a Christian to be certified in Work Life? 

Work Life was designed to equip local Christian churches and non-profits with a holistic strategy for reducing poverty through jobs-preparedness training. We see poverty not just as a lack of material goods, but also as brokenness in all of our primary relationships (with God, self, others, and the rest of creation). Our training materials are designed to point people to Jesus Christ as one who can help restore these broken relationships, and the life skills portion of the course is directly derived from our understanding of the biblical story of creation, fall, reconciliation, and re-creation. Thus, we seek to partner with people who share these commitments as a framework for poverty alleviation.

5. What is distinct about Work Life from other jobs preparedness curriculum?

The Work Life curriculum was created specifically for local churches/organizations that want to address the needs of people struggling through the process of finding, keeping, and flourishing at work. Work Life is designed to be:

  • Contextualized—created specifically for the everyday realities of low-income workers, particularly those facing roadblocks such as: low skills or lack of education, poor work history or criminal background, multi-generational poverty.
  • Participatory—engages learners with interactive opportunities to share and grow. Facilitators lead through a relational process, not lectures. Participants are given the opportunity to practice what they’re learning within the course itself.
  • Streamlined—brings together biblical and technical content seamlessly. A simple but proficient script gives facilitators the opportunity to focus on creating dialogue around crucial work, life, and biblical concepts.
  • Asset-based—assumes that God has given each participant experiences, skills, gifts, and abilities that are essential for learning together and for their own success on the job.
  • Biblically integrated—invites participants to move beyond behaviorist “ought-to’s” to draw closer to Jesus and to one another, exploring how their work adds value to God’s world.

6. Is there any way to become a facilitator without doing the four-week online orientation? Or, can I become certified without attending the live training event? 

The requirement to be certified as a Work Life facilitator includes signing a Training Agreement, completing the online course and attending all sixteen hours of the live event training.

There is also the option to audit the Work Life online course. This non-certification track will provide read-only access to the online reading materials and discussion groups. Auditors will not be eligible to attend the live event training or to facilitate Work Life classes. See question 9 for more information.

7. Why do I have to sign a training agreement? 

The training agreement outlines how facilitators can use and share the curriculum so that the high quality of the training is upheld. Auditors will not sign a Training Agreement.

8. Is there any way that I could look over some of the materials?

Yes! View sample materials here: Work Life Intro and Course Map | Session 08 | Session 10

9. Can you explain the audit option? 

Auditing is a good option if you’re considering whether Work Life is right for your group or if you have team members who would benefit from some training (though they won’t be facilitating). Participants may audit the online portion of training for $25. This does not include the live training and will not result in certification. Register to audit the online course here.