Help people on the margins find and keep meaningful work.

Work Life Site Certification equips your church or nonprofit to start a jobs ministry for low-income adults.

Train your volunteers

Strengthen your organization with a sustainable jobs ministry

People

Get online training and ongoing coaching for your team

Tools

Help people in poverty find and keep meaningful work

Discover a practical way to address economic disparity in your city

Everyone deserves the chance to experience the dignity of work. But many people face challenges that keep them unemployed or underemployed:

  • Lack of skills
  • Poor education
  • Globalization
  • Past incarceration
  • Transportation issues
  • ...and more!

Without the right tools and a supportive community, it’s nearly impossible to overcome these obstacles. But there’s hope! 

Equipping U.S. Churches & Ministries

Work Life  Site Certification Get the training and support you need to launch a successful jobs ministry

Get a clear plan to tackle big issues in your community—and practical steps to help you love people well.

How Work Life Site Certification works

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Get ready

Complete our FREE Intro to Work Life course.

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Get trained

Get your team trained and certified as a Work Life site.

Launch

Launch

Start your own Work Life ministry.

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Get support

Get ongoing coaching from experienced jobs ministry leaders.

Meet your guides Learn from experienced jobs ministry leaders

We know how overwhelming long-term, developmental ministry can feel.

With Work Life Site Certification, you’re not alone!

Our team of experienced Work Life Lead Trainers will be with you every step of the way, from training to launching your class—and beyond.

You’ll also get dedicated coaching from Shay Bethea, our resident expert with 10+ years of experience helping ministries launch successful jobs ministries.

Shay Bethea
Sean Landolt
Addie Carr
Eugene Norris
Antwoine Clark
Bryce Stout

Work Life is trusted by 300+ churches and nonprofits nationwide

Alan Murdock

“The people we work with are often coming out of generational poverty, deep trauma, or addiction. They've often put their dreams on the backburner. But with Work Life as part of our program, we’re able to help them get back on their feet.”

Alan Murdock
Founder
Project Connect Nashville

Greg Mixon

“Work Life helps us go beyond mere skills training and address the whole person. It points people to Jesus, and it helps them look inward at their past so they can prepare for their future.”

Greg Mixon
Founder
Clerestory, Inc

Hayden Blythe

“Work Life is better than any other jobs curriculum I’ve seen. It helps our participants actually deal with areas of their lives that have held them back. They come to us hoping to get a job, but they get so much more: relationships, connection to a community, and confidence.”

Hayden Blythe
Director
Hope for Suffolk

Advance Memphis
Project Connect Nashville
Nieghborhood Industries
Restore OKC

Work Life Site Certification Pricing

Group of 4
Standard Team

$1,800

$450 per person
Minimum 4 team members

Group of 5-8
Large Team

$2,250

$450-$281 per person
5-8 team members

A full year of training and support to launch your jobs ministry

  • 5 weekly sessions of online training for your team members
  • 10 hours of private coaching to help your team get started
  • Peer learning with other church and ministry leaders from across the country
  • Resources to help you train additional team members for your Work Life site
  • Promotional toolkit to help you get the word out about your Work Life ministry
  • Access to our private Work Life Facebook community
30-Day Money Back Guarantee

Our guarantee

If you’re not completely satisfied with this training within 30 days of your purchase, we'll give you a full refund.

Get started

Take the first step Complete our free Intro to Work Life course

Intro to Work Life contains everything you need to get ready for Site Certification. We’ll help you:

  • Get familiar with our Work Life curriculum
  • Recruit the right people for your Work Life team
  • Create a detailed ministry plan
  • Develop an operational budget for your class

Upcoming Site Certification Trainings

Once you’ve completed Intro to Work Life, you’ll be able to register for the next available Site Certification training.

  • September 27 - October 29, 2021
  • October 11 - November 11, 2021
Intro to Work Life

Ready to get started? Sign up now!

Frequently asked questions

Who is Work Life Site Certification training for?

If your church or nonprofit...

  • Is located in the United States
  • Has personal connections with unemployed or underemployed people in your community
  • Has buy-in from the leadership at your organization

…then congratulations! Work Life will be a great addition to your ministry. 

If that doesn’t sound like your church or nonprofit, check out other resources from the Chalmers Center that can help you get ready for Work Life.

What’s included in the Intro to Work Life course?

Intro to Work Life includes everything you need to get ready for Work Life Site Certification. We’ll help you:

  • Get familiar with our Work Life curriculum
  • Recruit the right people for your Work Life team
  • Create your ministry plan
  • Develop an operational budget for your class

The best part? It's free!

How long does it take to complete the Intro to Work Life course?

Intro to Work Life is a “go at your own pace” course.

If you’re familiar with the Chalmers Center’s approach to poverty, you can complete this course in just a few hours.

If you’re new to this work, expect to spend 2-4 weeks to read and watch the supplemental resources, ponder the discussion questions, pray for direction, and recruit a core ministry team that will labor together in your community.

I’m already certified as a Work Life facilitator. Do I need Site Certification?

We recommend existing Work Life facilitators get Site Certification for their church or nonprofit because it:

  • Saves you money. Once your church or nonprofit obtains Work Life Site Certification, you’ll be equipped to train new team members yourself, without additional investment in training.
  • Offers ongoing support. With Site Certification, you’ll get much more than one-time training. You’ll get dedicated coaching and support from experienced Work Life leaders to help you successfully launch your ministry and overcome obstacles along the way.
  • Empowers you with a team. Starting a jobs ministry on your own is nearly impossible. With Site Certification, you’ll start with a team of people from your church or nonprofit who can help you for the long haul.
Can I get Site Certification as an individual? Do I have to bring a team?

Starting a successful, sustainable jobs preparedness ministry is a team sport! That’s why we require Work Life sites to bring a minimum of 4 people. We’ll train each member of your team to serve in specialized roles that will help your Work Life ministry succeed.

What’s included in the cost of Work Life Site Certification?
  • 5 weeks of online training for you and your team
  • 10 hours of private coaching to help you launch your jobs ministry
  • Access to mini-courses to help you train additional team members to serve as administrators, facilitators, volunteers or business liaisons at your Work Life site
  • Promotional toolkit to help you get the word out about your Work Life class
  • Access to our private Work Life Facebook community
Where can I see a sample of Work Life curriculum?

Sign up for Intro to Work Life and you’ll get a full preview of our Work Life curriculum. It’s free!

Have more questions? Get in touch.

Don’t miss the chance to help people in your community experience the dignity of work.

With Work Life Site Certification, you’ll see people flourish as they discover new ways to use their God-given gifts in the marketplace.