Virtual Workplace Ministries, Inc.
The Employed For Life Ministry is the first outreach launched by Virtual Workplace Ministries, a 501c3 organization, formed as a charitable foundation under Clarion Consulting Group, Inc. (now Virtual Workplace Ministries, Inc.) in 2009. It is the purpose of this organization to bring practical applications of the Word of God into the workplace and to leverage the internet as a key channel for making ministry resources available 24/7.
Donation income generated by this ministry will be distributed to No More, a non-profit that exists to connect people to care for "the least of these". It focuses on four strategic initiatives-- human slavery, orphans, poverty and the hopeless.
We at VWMI are participating in the "Giving Collective" for No More in which each caring individual activates his or her networks in order to generate support for these initiatives. You may donate on this site or directly at www.fornomore.org
As you visit this site and review the resources here you will find that this is not a typical employment website. There are no articles or statistics about the state of the current job market and no “formulas” for finding the job of your dreams in 48 days or less. We are here to show job seekers how to “Seek first the Kingdom of God” through a personal relationship with God and trust in His Son, Jesus. We want to support you as you seek to behave as citizens of His Kingdom. We are fully persuaded that as you implement God’s Ask, Seek and Knock strategy you too will discover the awesome power, guidance, support, and provision available to believers in the workplace.
In support of this ministry Barb has written Employed for Life: “When Can You Start?”— God, a book explaining the revelation God has given about the unemployment experience. This book is available in Spanish, Portugues, Polish, Dutch and Chinese in addition to English. (Facilitator and Small Group Discussion Guides are also available for small group and care ministries. Purchase them on the Resources page.)
The devotionals you see posted on this site come from Job Seeker’s Encourage-mints: “Oh taste and see that the LORD is good!” The 30 Day Launch online training program is available for those just starting their job search process--it offers daily spiritual and practical guidance to "kick start" the job search process. There is also a eBook entitled the Job Seeker’s Playbook, full of tactics and tips required for a successful job search process.
For those currently working, there is an Employed for Life Devotional that provides an “onboarding” and orientation process to help you work as God’s employee under the supervision of Jesus and the training of the Holy Spirit!
Note to Ministries and Non-Profits: All EFL books are available at a discounted price for volume purchaces.
About The Founder
Barb Palmer has more than 30 years of professional experience in the areas of human resource planning, professional development, organizational effectiveness, and employment management. Her experience, as a manager, executive coach and consultant, has spanned a broad range of organizations and industries.
In her career she has been a senior manager in a Fortune 50 consumer products company, the lead consultant in the Change and Transition Management practice of the world’s largest outplacement firm, an adjunct faculty member for the American Management Association, and a Director of Professional Development for an international consulting firm. While maintaining a private consulting practice, she also served as an on-line university instructor. She is now employed as a Senior Organization Development Consultant for a global information technology firm.
Throughout her career she has taught and counseled individuals and groups on life changes, ministry leadership and employment/career issues. Her experience on “both sides of the counter” in the employment realm – as both one who hires and teaches those who would be hired as well as one who seeks to be hired– has given her insight into the entire employment dynamic. This has enabled her to share a wealth of valuable information with job seekers and workers as they navigate all the changes and transitions in today’s workplace.
As a born-again Christian, Barb’s study of the Word of God, in the light of her professional experience, has revealed to her a profound understanding of God’s provision for those who are unemployed and desires for reclaiming work and the workplace. She has been a leader of small group ministries and coach for ministry leaders for more than two decades and is passionate about sharing this “good news” message.