Meet Our Volunteer: Mari Goerlich

Volunteer Mari Goerlich

Meet our volunteer, Mari Goerlich! Mari is a WorkFaith volunteer who lives just outside of Houston in Spring, Texas. She and her wonderful, fun-loving husband, Chris, will celebrate their 20th anniversary next month! What an adventure it has been, especially after the very blessed surprise of having quadruplets 14 years ago. Her three teenage sons, Cohen, Noah, and Finn, and …

Meet Our Volunteer: Lou Tchan Clarisse Bah

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A volunteer at WorkFaith, Lou Bah, originally from the Ivory Coast, is a graduate of Houston Community College with an Associate Degree in Business. She is currently pursuing an Accounting Degree at the University of Houston-Downtown. In her free time, she likes listening to music, watching movies, and going on road trips. Her favorite stop thus far is San Antonio, …

Meet Our Volunteer: Garrett Rink

Garrett Volunteer

Meet our volunteer Garrett Rink! Garrett is a freelance audio engineer who found out about WorkFaith as we were seeking a volunteer to help edit The WorkFaith Podcast. He has thoroughly enjoyed giving back to our community! Currently, Garrett is working in music, podcasts, video games, and other general audio work. He enjoys helping artists turn their music into professional recordings as …

Hispanic Heritage Month

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Our country observes Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 – October 15 each year. This month honors the impact and contributions of Hispanic Americans to the culture and accomplishments of the United States. We have an exciting announcement. WorkFaith will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month this year by introducing the Spanish IMPACT Certification Program! This 6-hour program teaches skills like …

What’s New at WorkFaith: WorkFaith Academy

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WorkFaith Academy Gain the leadership and soft skills you need to advance in your career with this 90-minute workshop. In WorkFaith Academy, you will learn the following: Before You Quit: Principles of Perseverance What work experience has caused you to either quit or want to quit your job in the past? What does it take to be able to persevere …

What’s New at WorkFaith: IMPACT Certification

What’s new at WorkFaith? Our IMPACT Certification! This 6-hour online interactive training combines biblical principles and market best practices to improve soft skills for anyone who desires long-term employment. Through the IMPACT Certification Program, you will learn problem solving, adaptability, communication and teamwork skills. Read below for the trainings we offer as part of our IMPACT Certification Program. TRAININGS OFFERED …

The Work + Faith Online Speaker Series: Terrica Smith

On April 7, Terrica Smith, Founding Developer of Madeline Cove, joins us for the Work + Faith Online Speaker Series. In this series, WorkFaith CEO Anthony Flynn interviews distinguished professionals who exemplify living at the center of work and faith, making it a priority to reflect Christ-centered lives while empowering others to do the same. We’re excited to hear from …

Work + Faith Online Speaker Series: Lee Behar

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For this month’s Work + Faith Online Speaker Series on January 13, we will be joined by Director of Finance and Strategy Director at The Maclellan Foundation, Lee Behar! In this series, our CEO, Anthony Flynn, interviews distinguished professionals who exemplify living at the center of work and faith, making it a priority to reflect Christ-centered lives while empowering others …

December’s Work+Faith Online Speaker is Scott Sabin!

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On December 16, Scott Sabin, Chief Executive Officer at Plant With Purpose, joins us for the Work + Faith Online Speaker Series. In this series, WorkFaith CEO Anthony Flynn interviews distinguished professionals who exemplify living at the center of work and faith, making it a priority to reflect Christ-centered lives while empowering others to do the same. We’re excited to …

The Work+Faith Online Speaker Series: Barbara Elliott

Barbara Elliott, the founder of The WorkFaith Connection, joins us November 19th for the Work + Faith Online Speaker Series. In this series, our CEO Anthony Flynn interviews distinguished professionals who exemplify living at the center of work and faith, making it a priority to reflect Christ-centered lives while empowering others to do the same. We’re excited to hear from …

Virtual Graduations Are Here!

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WorkFaith Virtual Graduations are here, and we are so excited! As many of you know, Graduation is a special celebration for our organization, and we have missed it greatly in this season of the pandemic. Now, through our Virtual Graduations, we can celebrate our graduates together (virtually) once again. Please join us in celebrating students who successfully completed the WorkFaith …

WorkFaith launches Virtual Expansion!

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As we continue to celebrate all that God did through The By Faith Experience, we are excited to announce a special video series inviting you to participate in the growth of WorkFaith through our Virtual Expansion. In this By Faith video series, you will receive the opportunity to hear from our distinguished speakers Dave Evans, Pastor Gregg Matte, and Jewel Burks …

Register now for The By Faith Experience on Sept. 30!

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Through The By Faith Experience, we’re thrilled to bring you three phenomenal featured speakers. During this virtual experience, you will hear from Dave Evans, Jewel Burks Solomon and Pastor Gregg Matte. Keep reading to learn more about each one of these globally renowned speakers! DAVE EVANSNew York Times #1 Best-selling Author, Designing Your LifeCo-Founder / Stanford Life Design Lab Dave …

Mid-career workers are retraining themselves for new jobs

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The following article was first published on CNBC and is used with permission. For original articles by the WorkFaith community, check out our Career Advice Blog. Written by Karen Gilchrist On a typical day, Kevin Ng works with bankers at Credit Agricole to develop risk analysis tools using Java software. No one would guess that barely a year back, he was a …

Hearing God In The Midst Of Anxiety

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Rashawn Copeland Everywhere I go—the plaza, the grocery store, Chick-fil-A—I can’t help but notice that people are riddled by anxiety. I watch them and remember the years I spent frantically trying and failing to find peace. I hated that I didn’t have the power to make my life more peaceful. Ever been there? Have you ever asked, Where is the …

Churches open doors to help students continue education

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RNS Press Release Distribution Service HOUSTON — On Sept. 8, eight Houston churches part of the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church hosted hundreds of Houston Independent School District (HISD) students citywide for the first day of virtual school as part of the “Sanctuary of Learning.” After the school district, the largest in Texas, opted for online-only teaching …

The Work+Faith Online Speaker Series: Chris Winton

Chris Winton joins us October 8 for the Work + Faith Online Speaker Series. In this series, our CEO Anthony Flynn interviews distinguished professionals who exemplify living at the center of work and faith, making it a priority to reflect Christ-centered lives while empowering others to do the same. We’re excited to hear from Chris, as he is a dynamic …

Survey: Skill gaps are top pandemic challenge for 1 in 5 small businesses

Ryan Golden Dive Brief: Dive Insight: Recent research shows U.S. small businesses have begun a gradual, if not limited, recovery process following the tumultuous early stages of the pandemic. Employment data from Paychex and IHS Markit recorded a dramatic decline in small business employment beginning in April when the impact of public health measures led to the firms’ Small Business Job Index dropping …

What Does ‘Loving God With All Of Your Mind’ Actually Look Like?

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Matt Huett “Never accept and be content with unanalyzed assumptions, assumptions about the work, about the people, about the church or Christianity. Never be afraid to ask questions about the work we have inherited or the work we are doing. There is no question that should not be asked or that is outlawed. The day we are completely satisfied with …

The By Faith Experience: Streaming Sept 30!

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Does The By Faith Experience sound familiar? You would be correct. Every fall, WorkFaith gathers our community at the annual By Faith Breakfast to celebrate successes, hear from our graduates, and unite in support of our shared mission. Because COVID-19 has prevented us from gathering in person, we reimagined our annual community gathering. We will bring the heart of our …

iWork Houston Hiring Expo Saw 512 Job Seekers!

On Tuesday, August 25, 512 job seekers and 52 participating employers gathered online for the virtual iWork Houston Hiring Expo!  After a welcome from Houston’s First Baptist Church Downtown Campus Pastor Lee Hsia and WorkFaith CEO Anthony Flynn, the event kicked off with praise and worship led by Marquist Taylor. Virtual attendees of the event then broke out into different …

Boeing donates over $10M to nonprofits, including Turning Leaf Project

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Chase Laudenslager CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Boeing on Friday announced the donation of $10.6 million to 20 different nonprofits “working to address racial equity and social justice in the US.” Among organizations benefiting from the grant is Turning Leaf Project, which focuses on reducing recidivism through therapy, employment, and job placement. It will receive a $100,000 investment. The International African American Museum will …

Mayor Turner and Microsoft expand digital alliance with Houston

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Microsoft Corporation Mayor Sylvester Turner announced on Monday that the city of Houston has expanded its groundbreaking digital alliance with Microsoft to innovate in big data, artificial intelligence and the digital economy. Microsoft brings to Houston “Accelerate,” a new program designed to address economic recovery through skilling both underserved communities and re-skilling the many Americans impacted by COVID-19. The collaboration is intended …

Sometimes Trusting God Just Means Waiting For Him

Cole Claybourn If you’re like me, every time I post something to social media I get an instant shot of adrenaline as I watch the likes and comments roll through. They come in almost instantaneously, and Instagram has actually rewired its algorithm so that likes and comments come in one at a time, which gives us a rush of dopamine …

How Micro-Certification Can Fill Skill Gaps

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Ulrik Juul Christensen A recent graduate enters the workforce for the first time with a basic set of skills and the ability to learn. Having a degree to get a job is only the starting point. Learning must now continue for a lifetime, with continuous upskilling. This approach is not only good for the employee, it’s also a competitive advantage …

We’re looking forward to seeing you September 30 for The By Faith Experience!

Mark your calendars for The By Faith Experience on September 30. We’re excited to feature speakers Jewel Burks-Solomon (Head of Google for Startups, US; Co-Founder / Partpic) Dave Evans (New York Times #1 Best-selling Author – Designing Your Life; Co-founder of Stanford Life Design Lab; Co-Author / Designing Your Life) and Gregg Matte (Senior Pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church). …

A Fresh Approach to Narrowing the Skills Gap

Kalyan Kumar It’s fairly easy for people in small businesses to keep track of everyone’s skillset. When a project comes along, figuring out which employees can contribute and what skills should be brought in from outside the company is a fairly straightforward endeavor. But scale that scenario into an organization with tens or hundreds of thousands of employees distributed around …

Honoring the Sabbath Is Still Important, Even in a Pandemic

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Nancy Sleeth A recent poll of 2,000 pastors in North Carolina revealed that less than 10 percent are keeping a regular Sabbath. Think about this for a moment. If 90 percent of pastors announced from the pulpit that murder (or stealing, or adultery) is OK, don’t you think it might raise a few eyebrows in the pews, let alone the …

Houston health care sector added 8,000 jobs in June, national numbers up in July

Gwendolyn Wu Houston added 8,000 jobs in the health care sector in June, recovering from major employment losses for the second month in a row. But analysts said it’s too early to know whether that trend will continue for the rest of the summer. Job gains in health care across the country last month may be an indicator of what’s …

The Work + Faith Online Speaker Series: Kemmons “Kem” Wilson III

Kemmons “Kem” Wilson III joins us September 9 for the Work + Faith Online Speaker Series. For this series, our CEO Anthony Flynn interviews distinguished professionals who exemplify living at the center of work and faith, while making it a priority to ensure their leadership style, operational models, products and services reflect their intent to reflect Christ-centered lives while also …

Trade schools offer training in high-demand, essential careers

Patrick Varine Candace Carlton recently earned a massage therapy license. Unfortunately, the past six months have made it tough to put it to use. “That doesn’t do too well during a pandemic,” Carlton said. The prospect of going back to school also is challenging, given that school districts, colleges and education centers all over the country are trying to find …

First fan-owned Christian movie studio launched by faith filmmakers

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Libby Giesbrecht It’s the first time Christian fans will be able to help contribute to the creation of faith-based family movies. To spread the love of Christ, Called Higher Studios has been formed as the first-ever fan-owned faith-based movie studio, the Christian Post reports. Jason Brown and Ash Greyson, Christian movie executives, chose to launch the new studio in Franklin, Tennessee, to …

Northwest Houston nonprofits providing school supplies to families in need

Chevall Pryce Though the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the school year is still beginning soon and parents, some of whom have been laid off due to the virus, are looking for school supplies in addition to food and financial support. Multiple northwest Houston nonprofit groups are hosting events for families to receive free school supplies, including Cy-Fair Helping Hands, Northwest Assistance …

Mattress Mack tackles joblessness with workforce program, trade school

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by Claire Goodman Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale is a prominent member of the community, known for his community outreach, philanthropy and of course, his desire to save you money. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to batter the local economy and increase joblessness, McIngvale has launched multiple new endeavors to get Fort Bend county residents back to work. What prompted you …

Demand for technology skills training surges

Joe McKendrick Under pressure, companies ramp up technology skills training, but more is needed, especially for artificial intelligence. Those wanting to self-educate have many online options. Also, no-code to the rescue? Are we doing enough to get everyone — IT and business professional alike — geared up for the data analytics-driven economy ahead of us?  No way. However, the Covid-19 …

Employers, you belong at iWork Houston Hiring Expo!

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The iWork Houston Hiring Expo is the one-stop shop for all of your hiring needs! The WorkFaith Connection and Gallery Furniture, along with Houston’s First Baptist Church – Downtown, are hosting a unique virtual hiring event designed to connect Houstonians with employers like YOU, free resources, and so much more! We have over 5,000 clients in our network, and many …

Massive online open courses see exponential growth during COVID-19 pandemic

Chris Impey Massive open online classes, or MOOCs, have seen a surge in enrollments since March. Enrollment at Coursera – an online platform that offers MOOCs, has skyrocketed and was 640% higher from mid-March to mid-April than during the same period last year, growing from 1.6 to 10.3 million. The surge was driven in part by giving free catalog access for …

Yes, God Will Give You More Than You Can Handle

Michael Hidalgo Recently, I was going back through my journals and I read words I had written years before: “God, I can’t handle this anymore. I don’t know what to do, but I can’t do this.” The circumstances in my life had become overwhelming, everything was crumbling, and my world was falling apart. To be honest, if someone had come …

The in-demand jobs on the rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Alison Medley The COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal for Americans seeking employment. Yes, over 44.2 million Americans have filed for unemployment during the coronavirus crisis, and 1.5 million sought claims in early June, according to Fortune. But don’t despair, job seekers. The positive news for Americans is that new career opportunities have also emerged through the pandemic. According to LinkedIn Workforce Report, the new …

Christian Hip-Hop Artist Lecrae Reflects On Societal Issues, His Faith, His Philanthropic Work In Atlanta

Summer Evans Lecrae Devaughn Moore is a Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist, author, philanthropist, and co-owner and president of Reach Records, an independent record label that specializes in Christian hip-hop. On Aug. 21, he will release his ninth studio album titled “Restoration.” In it, he addresses societal issues such as racial injustice, police brutality, and mental health through a Christian lens. “City Lights” …

Lykken on Lending Podcast Features WorkFaith CEO

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We are pleased to share that our CEO, Anthony Flynn, was recently featured on an episode of the Lykken on Lending podcast. Also featured was Gwen Muse-Evans, President and CEO of GME Enterprises. Lykken on Lending is a weekly 60-minute podcast hosted by mortgage veteran, David Lykken, and co-hosted by Jack Nunnery, now retired after 38 years in Mortgage Banking. For …

The WorkFaith Connection presents the iWork Houston Hiring Expo!

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COVID-19 has left millions of Americans unemployed and desperate for a way to support their families. Although statistics show that 4.8 million jobs have been created in recent months, there is still a wide gap between companies that are hiring and people who are seeking work. To help bridge that gap, The WorkFaith Connection & Gallery Furniture, along with Houston’s …

Extended unemployment benefits could happen for Texans

Nick Natario HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The extra federal unemployment benefit comes to an end in Texas next week, but there’s still a chance it gets extended. The clock is ticking to see what happens with the increased unemployment benefit. Right now, unemployed Texans can receive an extra $600 a week. A boost Jaylen Curtis said has helped him tremendously. …

Christine Caine on Why Christians Should Be Earth’s ‘Most Relationally Functional People’

Joy Eggerichs From the look of it, Christine Caine has everything. She’s an internationally sought-after preacher, the cofounder of two influential organizations (A21 and Propel)—and now she’s a best-selling author. But her journey was anything but smooth. In her book, Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny, she shared her story of being adopted as a nameless …

4 ways to encourage upskilling without burning people out

Ashwin Bharath In the past 100+ days, IT leaders across the world have worked at lightning speed to scale infrastructures to meet the needs of remote workforce environments. CIOs were tasked with swiftly completing digital transformation projects that were previously projected to take years – relying on IT teams to take on new responsibilities and skills without formal training. The …

4 Ways Mentorship Opportunities Can Help Fill the Industry Skills Gap

Lindsay Gilder In the latest episode of the Thomas Industry Update Podcast, Thomas CEO and President Tony Uphoff spoke to Mary Person, the director of Governmental Relations and External Affairs for FH Paschen. At the major construction firm, Person plays a significant role in recruitment efforts for some of the best talent in the construction industry and continues to recruit the next …

After months of economic woes in the Houston region, hints of a recovery

Sergio Chapa , Erin Douglas , Amanda Drane , Nancy Sarnoff , R.A. Schuetz , Dwight Silverman and Gwendolyn Wu Four months ago, the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the Houston region were just beginning to be felt, but signs of an unprecedented economic disaster were taking shape. In mid-March, when Houston Chronicle business reporters looked at the economic effect of the burgeoning pandemic, there were fewer than 100 new cases …

Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew shares his faith in God in new memoir

Kevin Mercer For 19 years, from 1967-1985, Rod Carew terrorized opposing pitchers as one of the best hitters in Major League Baseball. Now 74, the first-ballot Hall of Famer has published a memoir titled “One Tough Out: Fighting Off Life’s Curveballs.” Co-written with Jaime Aron, a senior writer for the American Heart Association and a former Texas sports editor for …

‘The Huddle’: Christian men launch podcast for difficult conversations

 Savannah Evanoff These two Christian men started a podcast to have the difficult conversations. FORT WALTON BEACH — Andre Harrell II, aka L.A., isn’t much of a football guy, but he understands what it means when a team hunkers down together before a big play. It’s why he and Austin Willis named their podcast “The Huddle.” In the podcast, which …