FaithCareer.com linking potential
employees with Christian organizations
Experienced recruiter tries to make things easier
for organizations and job seekers
Diversity, the arts and used
books a winning combination
SAM’S PLACE, a used bookstore and café run by Mennonite
Central Committee in Winnipeg, places a special meaning on
combining faith, arts and community.
“It’s a cross section between a used bookstore, a café,
a place for youth volunteers and for hosting events in the
evening,” says manager Andy Arthur. “These things can be
beneficial to each other.”
The arts provide an easy way for people to interact with
each other, says Arthur. If two book lovers come in to read,
they have an instant connection with each other and with
the workers at Sam’s Place.
“Fictional stories and faith can be a powerful
combination,” Arthur says. “C. S. Lewis’s nonfiction books
on theology are meaningful, but my favourite books by him
are the Chronicles of Narnia, stories that tell those same
theological truths, but in a way that I can remember them.”
Along with providing a smorgasbord of used books for
purchase and perusal, Sam’s Place hosts evening events
almost every night, including local music, group meetings
and talks on social justice, peace and faith. Chocolate
Blues is an annual event, exploring the world of fair
trade chocolate through food, jazz music and discussion.
Recently Sam’s Place hosted a local professor to discuss
nonviolent responses to the problem of ISIS. Every month
they host a Bible study for people who love science fiction,
fantasy and comics.
“I’ve seen a lot of neat friendships develop between
people of different ages, race, sexual orientation, religion,
economic status ... those things all get to combine here,”
Arthur says. “That’s something really special. When we have
an understanding of others, we can overcome prejudices.
It’s important, especially as we become more diverse, to
have a really good understanding of others who are in the
community.” –ALLISON BARRON
STEPHEN ROBINSON LAUNCHED www.FaithCareer.com to help Christian
organizations find employees who had both the needed skills and a heart
“We’re calling people of faith into the faith market,” says Robinson. His
website is a place where “Christian employers can present themselves
and their opportunities, and speak to the interests and needs of potential
The key to a successful search, says Robinson, who has been a
recruiter for 15 years, is identifying potential recruits. But with Christian
organizations the pool of candidates can be small. He cites how searches
for two Bible ministries, which would normally have taken six to eight
weeks, stretched into five to nine months.
Lengthy searches, along with the reluctance to pay for expensive
services, led Robinson to look to the web for a more effective and cost-efficient solution.
Launched in June 2015, FaithCareer.com serves as an ongoing
recruitment tool. Employers can sign up for a free membership, which
allows them to post one job per year. Costs will increase based on the
number of jobs posted and services needed (someone posting 50 jobs per
year would pay more than someone posting three).
Those looking for jobs can also sign up for a free membership, which
gives access to job listings and articles on resume writing, being a more
effective employee and how work can be a ministry. Access to resume
reviews, job hunting workshops and a career coach are available for a fee.
In the six months following the site’s launch, there has been an
average of a thousand unique visitors per month. Robinson’s goal was to
hit 2,000 unique visitors per month by the end of March and 5,000 by the
end of the year.
“My goal is to increase the number of applicants who are Christian and
to create a better environment for Christian employers to hire from,” says
Robinson. –ROBERT WHI TE
Winnipeg’s Sam’s Place brings together faith, arts and community.