HELPING CHURCHES HELP A COMMUNITY FACING FINANCIAL CRISIS

THE LIFEWORKS GROUP AND THE CHRISTIAN SERVICE CENTER TO HOST FREE SEMINAR,

RECESSION RECOVERY - LEADING YOUR CONGREGATION THROUGH DIFFICULT FINANCIAL TIMES.

ORLANDO, Fla... The LifeWorks Group of Christian Counselors & Coaches, in partnership with the Christian Service Center for Central Florida, Inc., will host a FREE training workshop addressing challenges that leaders in the Faith Community are facing right now amidst difficult financial times.

During times of hardship, people tend to turn to their house of faith for guidance and relief. As local unemployment and foreclosure rates reach record high levels, so do the demands placed on the faith community. "The Church is currently experiencing a virtual flood of overwhelmed people seeking assistance to get them through this tough financial time. Unfortunately, most members of the clergy aren't specifically trained to deal with a financial crisis, " explains Dwight Bain, a national certified counselor and life coach at the LifeWorks Group. "Pastors are being approached daily to guide families through foreclosure, help fathers cope with the feeling of failure over job loss or explain to children why they are packing up their bedroom and leaving their home."

To best prepare leaders in the Faith Community for these emotionally demanding situations, the LifeWorks Group and the Christian Service Center will host a free interdenominational seminar, Recession Recovery -Leading your Congregation through Difficult Financial Times. This training session will equip local ministry leaders with how to offer greater support for families and how to handle the growing number of families approaching them in need of assistance, as our region braces for the toughest financial season it has seen in decades.

Recession Recovery - Leading your Congregation through Difficult Financial Times will include one and one half hours of specialized training, equipping and Q&A for leaders in the ministry field, including pastors, lay leaders and staff of non-profit organizations standing in the gap to help families impacted by the struggling economy.

The seminar will be held on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 with sessions at 9:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. at the Christian Service Center, located at 808 West Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32805. Space is limited and reservations will be made on a first come, first serve basis. Interested attendees can RSVP or direct questions to Chrissy Garton at Cgarton@christianservicecenter.org or 407-425-2523 x230. For more information on this event or the Christian Service Center, please contact Chrissy Garton at 407-425-2523 or Cgarton@christianservicecenter.org.

Christian Service Center for Central Florida, Inc.

The Christian Service Center is a private, non-profit social service agency that, since 1971, has provided the hurting of our community with programs designed to meet physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. The Family & Emergency Services program provides emergency pantry food, clothing and rent/mortgage/utility assistance to those in need. The Daily Bread program serves free meals to those who are hungry six days a week, 52 weeks a year. KidsFOCUS provides after-school care and tutoring to at-risk children. Fresh Start is a residential program for drug free men trying to get their lives back together. Operation Home Fires provides assistance to the families of deployed military. All services are offered without regard to sex, race, religion or national origin. www.christianservicecenter.org/

The LifeWorks Group of Christian Counselors & Coaches

The LifeWorks Group of Christian Counselors and Coaches provides Solutions. Our team has over 100 years of combined experience and has guided thousands of people from stress to strength since 1984. Our counseling and coaching professionals guide individuals to face problems directly and then provide positive action to change. Our team helps with difficult or failing relationships, sadness or depression, anxiety, panic, fearfulness, unresolved conflict in marriage or family relationships, lack of career direction and spiritual emptiness when people have no sense of purpose in life. Our mission expresses our desire to make a positive difference in central Florida: To ENCOURAGE people facing emotional or relational difficulties through the use of wise counsel and direct coaching based on Christian principles. Then to EQUIP and EMPOWER individuals or organizations through the strategic use of creative communications designed to bring practical and valuable insights that change lives across our region for Jesus Christ. www.lifeworksgroup.org/

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