A Fresno ministry that supports Christian women in the workplace is preparing for its only fundraising event of the year.
The 9 to 5 for Christ ministry will host its eighth annual FellowShop on Oct. 14 at Hope Lutheran Church.
The event features shopping for the holiday season and a talk. This year's speaker is Dr. Janice Stain. Cost is $20.
Laura McGrew founded 9 to 5 for Christ in 2003. The Bee recently caught up with McGrew to learn more about the ministry.
Question: What is your ministry's purpose?
Answer: Our purpose is to equip and encourage Christian women to live their faith out in their daily lives. This is especially true for women called to the workplace, where we are specifically placed to be Christ's ambassadors to those we come in contact with.
Where is your home base? As a mobile ministry, we meet at four different churches each year, one per quarter, for our monthly dinner meetings, where we network, share prayer requests, meet new friends and listen to an inspiring testimony.
In 2011, we launched 60 Minutes to Success, which is a quarterly lunch-and-learn workshop to help ladies gain valuable skills for the workplace. These are hosted in the conference room at the Walter Wilhelm law firm.
As the person in charge, what is your background? My passion is workplace ministry, and although I have held several management positions in secular organizations, I am very blessed to be the area director for Joni and Friends now. I hold a bachelor's from Fresno Pacific University and will complete my master's in business administration in February.
Why should others care about your ministry? There are so many Christian women in the workplace now who have struggles and challenges, yet may have difficulty finding other women through their local church who share the same perspective.
Our ministry seeks to connect women with other women, with God and with meaningful employment. We have ladies at many different stages and phases of their career, from CEOs to office staff, and from business owners to retired and even college students. Any woman who wants to honor Christ with her life would enjoy our monthly meetings.
When is your ministry's next big event? FellowShop 2013 is an evening of fun, food, fellowship and shopping. It is a great opportunity to get together with the ladies from Bible study, work or the neighborhood for a fun Ladies Night Out. There will be over 20 vendors and a fabulous silent auction, along with lots of door prizes.
What is your ministry's biggest need or concern? Most churches do not have the resources to host a ministry for working women, yet probably half the women in church work outside the home. We are not supported by any one particular church, but we are a non-denominational Christian ministry that is here to encourage women from all churches.
How can others get involved? They can come to an upcoming event. The next 60 Minutes to Success luncheon is Oct. 24. Registration is easy on our website.
Are there any costs involved? There is a small cost for the dinners, $15 and $20. The 60 Minutes to Success luncheons cost $12. There is an optional membership fee that is $30 per year, and saves a member up to $55 per year off the cost of the monthly dinners.
Best ways to reach your ministry? Call us at (559) 977-3063 or visit our website, 9to5forchrist.org.
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