Inside the Wire: A Conversation with Scott Jamieson of Church of Another Chance in Nashville

Scott Jamieson grew up believing that being successful was what life was all about. He went to college, excelled in his career, and become the CEO of a business in Baltimore by the age of 37. But he…


Hours of work needed to afford rent

Jobs for Life longs for the ‎Church to “flip the list” and engage in the fight to help all brothers and sisters find and keep living-wage work. Because "anyone who has ever…


A Closer Look at Generational Poverty

I was born into a family where both of my parents had less than an eighth grade education. For many generations, my family lived below the poverty line, resided in public housing, and received…


How can we change the world?

I heard this question while visiting my family over the holidays. It was during one of those long “life conversations”. You know the ones I’m talking about—the conversations that begin pretty basic, maybe about something you heard on the news or read in a book, but then evolve into a deep conversation about religion or space and time, and you look up and it’s 2:00 in the morning and you realize you’ve just eaten the last piece of your mom’s homemade pumpkin pie.


First in Line

During this time of year, shoppers are preparing to be the first in line for the newest technology gadgets, game stations and department store sales that will be happening on Black Friday. I want to…


When the Church and Business Work Together

Work brings dignity. It brings viability to life. We all have bills and challenges. Without the ability to provide for our families, without being able to take pride in a day’s work, we are left…


Top 10 Reasons Why Churches Don't Focus on Work to Attack Poverty

Last week we learned that only 1.9% of churches’ outreach ministries focus on helping those in need find and keep meaningful work. The majority focuses on providing food, clothing, and shelter.…


What if the Church Flipped the List?

The effects of a lack of work are pervasive and self-perpetuating. When people do not work, there is more poverty, crime, recidivism, homelessness, divorce, unwanted pregnancies, substance abuse,…




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