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Are you wrestling with a career decision, not sure which path to take? Are you wondering which direction the Lord desires you to go? If so, you are not alone! Many Christians struggle with making career decisions at various points in their lives. For example, when Kay Marie was a sophomore in college, and a fairly new Christian, she desired with her whole heart to do what God wanted her to do with her life. As a communication major, she...
Gallup's State of the Global Workplace Report 2021 describes how the pandemic has decreased job engagement with "roughly seven in 10 employees struggling or suffering, rather than thriving, in their overall lives."  As defined by Gallup, an employee is engaged at work if they “are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace.” The report describes the negative emotions that these people are...
No young person ever says, "I want to be stuck in a career rut when I grow up," yet that is exactly where many working adults find themselves. How about you? Is it getting harder to make yourself get out of bed in the morning? Do you feel like you are just playing a role as you go through your workday? Do you wish you were excited about your work instead of struggling to endure it? Or, perhaps COVID-19 has left you feeling like your plans for...
Are you seeking to make a career change and wondering what God is calling you to do next?  Are you between jobs and want to make wise career decisions?  Or, are you a student planning your initial career path and wondering how you can best serve God with your gifts? Whatever your situation, is it is important to know the future trends in the job market for jobs that are of interest to you.  Job market trends give you a good...
  Do You Have These 10 Traits and Skills Needed for Ministry Jobs? When you are targeting specific jobs with ministries (such as pastor, teacher, counselor, missionary, evangelist, church administrator, nonprofit director and others), it is important to identify the key skills and traits that ministries are seeking. Ministries differ in terms of their size, theology, denomination and location, yet there are consistent traits and...
 COVID-19 has impacted everyone’s career during this pandemic and the changes continue coming in 2021.  More people are working remotely than ever before.  Zoom meetings have become commonplace for staff meetings and classrooms.  A large number of people have lost their jobs as employers struggle to survive.  Many people have been forced to change careers as their industry has been especially hard hit. ...
“We are the New Busy. We are redefining busy Because we know that having a full calendar means having a full life.” –Hotmail advertisement “Busyness…can be a way to avoid God, the meaning of life, and life itself.” –Sidney Macaulay   COVID-19 and Busyness Many online articles attempt to answer the question, “How can I stay busy when I am stuck at home during the...
I recently read an article which asked the question, “Are you taking enough risks?”  This is an important question in our work life because without taking risks we will not grow.   While some people's personalities drive them toward taking risks, many people only take risks in their professional life when forced to do so. The layoffs and furloughs forced by COVID-19 have catapulted workers out of what felt...
The coronavirus pandemic is causing the world to realize just how fragile life can be.  More than ever, people need to hear that God is good and offers us salvation through Jesus.  As Christians, we have a unique opportunity to glorify God as we serve our neighbors. Through the ages, amazing things have occurred during difficult times. The story of C.S. Lewis writing the classic book Mere Christianity is one of...
Kevin Brennfleck,and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors   Donald Miller (the author of  Blue Like Jazz ) describes how the rules or principles in storytelling are also the rules for living a meaningful life.  In his book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life,  Miller says, “If you watched a movie about a guy who wanted a Volvo and worked for...
by Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors and Life Calling Coaches SM    "There is an eagle in me that wants to soar,   and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud." - Carl Sandburg Discovering and living your calling is an adventure. Responding to God's call to fulfill your mission in life will require you to journey beyond the boundaries of your...
By Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors and Life Calling Coaches SM Are you thinking about going back to school? If so, you are not alone. A recent analysis of U.S. Department of Education data by Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of FinAid.org and FastWeb.com, found that the average annual increase in total college enrollment during a recession is 3.7 times more than increases in between recessions....