accept (something) as true; feel sure of the truth of.
"the superintendent believed Lancaster's story"
|synonyms:||be convinced by, trust, have confidence in, consider honest, consider truthful More|
hold (something) as an opinion; think or suppose.
"I believe we've already met"
|synonyms:||think, be of the opinion that, have an idea that, imagine, suspect, suppose, assume, presume, take it, conjecture, surmise, conclude, deduce, understand, be given to understand, gather, fancy, guess, dare say; |
In the course of life, we believe in many things:
... in what our teachers taught us in school
... in what our parents taught us in many different places, means, and ways
... in what we felt was factual or widely accepted
... in what we felt was inherent human nature to be good, honest, hard working
... in what was shared by those we respected or had to respect
... in what those we had great trust in shared with us
... in what we could not assess with anything beyond the limitations of our
eyes, ears, nose, hands, feet, legs and sometimes, just our heart and mind.
Career Transition and Unemployment change people. It can draw people closer to
their faith. It may bring people into a house of worship after many years absence or
for the first time. It can create a false sense of invincibility. Career Transition is a
team sport that can involve many players from many sectors to support one person.
Career Transition is a hell that no one looks forward to repeating. Yet, for many, it will
happen again. Often such job losses are not the result of poor performance or other
factors within the employee's control. These losses can lead to stronger people, to
people who could not withstand the pressures or people who simply withdraw. They
can lead to alcoholism, drugs, broken families, families who are destitute and lost.
Keeping the faith is critical whether it is with your God, America or yourself. Keeping
hopeful determined outlook is critical. We in Memphis are fortunate to have many, who
over the years came forward to help those in need during this unwanted journey forced
upon them. This section recognizes those leaders who, without hesitation, committed
to supporting the efforts of job seekers.
Below, we offer known writings from leaders of the organizations that support The CT
Groups and their brief biographies as these may offer value to others from the privacy
of where they live.
Without the generous offering by our host locations and volunteers, The CT Groups may never have existed since 1988. A hotel restaurant offered space for one group with Christ Church supporting the second. Additional groups were formed again and again and evolved into the current organization today. Over time, more offered their time, talents and support. Some locations changed during our growth to support the needs of the community without cost to those seeking assistance.
Without the vision, compassion and commitment of those below, supporting the membership growth would not have been possible. These community leaders, who know the "power of doing", who know the power of dreams and possibilities, have facilitated great things for Memphis.
Craig Stickland, Founder of Hope Church
Hope is a church that sometimes is hard to believe yet it
is there. Started with the focus to provide support to those who were "unchurched", the relaxed and informal environment created is a very comfortable church in many dimensions. Having grown rapidly since 1988, the church is now in the Top 100 US Churches in part due to Craig's vision but also from those who understood his dream to bring more to or back into the church. With 5,000 seats and four services, the staff is moving one dream to even greater heights for the people in Memphis.
Jeff Marx, Rector, St. Andrews Episcopal Church
A member of the church approached Father Jeff regarding
the needs of those who were unemployed and essentially
fighting without anyone in their corner to encourage and
support them. Jeff did not hesitate to offer resources of
the Church for the cause.
Through his guidance, St. Andrews has taken extra steps
through supporting those in career transition through a
lending library, morning baked goods from a gracious
lady every few weeks, the the support of the entire church.
Temple Web Site The CT Groups at Temple Israel
Moderators of The CT Groups approached Senior Rabbbi
Micah regarding the need to offer a career transition group
on-site program to support those who were reluctant to
seek help from a place they were comfortable with. In what
many know as his style, there was no further discussion ...
he wanted it to happen ... to help those needing some help.
We were honored to have him join us for the first meeting
where he brought items for those attending. To continue
his gifts we continue to share those with all new members
to return his acts of kindness and help others.
Dr. Dunnam was one of the first two to recognize a growing
need in Memphis for those who lost their jobs during an
eeconomic downturn and had not place to turn to for help.
His vision drove the creation of a career transition support
meeting at Christ Church which helped untold numbers of
people learn the process to successfully find their next job
starting with believing in themselves, their abilities and that
their plight was not their failure but of a general loss of
business. That is, in reality, a difference of limited dimension.
To the job seeker, it restores their critical self-confidence.
Dr. Stanford's strongly believed in Dr. Dunnam's visions for the career transition support meeting and has continued it as part of his leadership.
Dr Dunnam and Dr Stanford invited David Lanthier, Moderator of The CT Groups at Christ Church to "We Believe in Memphis" to discuss the importance of these programs and the specifics of the program conducted at Christ Church.
Dr Adrian Rogers, Bellevue Baptist Church
Christ Church Web Site The CT Groups at Christ Church
Adrian Rogers came to Bellevue Baptist Church in 1972 as the
Senior Pastor. During his years, until his passing in 2005, he
became a recognized figure in the Southern Baptist Convention
as a three term President.
It was under his leadership that a career transition support
group was started with Don Blaze as the first known Moderator
here. Dr Rogers was able see the impact this had within his own
church but for those around the church as well.
Pastor Steve Gaines, Bellevue Baptist Church
Bellevue's Web Site The CT Groups at Bellevue
The support for The CT Groups given by Dr Rogers was the same
as Pastor Gaines provided ... there was a mission to help those in
need and the means to support a number of those needs was in
place and would continue help those who came for help.
Rev Dr. Christopher Scruggs, Sr. Pastor,
Advent Presbyterian Church
Advent's Web Site The CT Groups at Advent
Father Michael Werkhoven, Church of the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit Web Site The CT Groups at Holy Sprit
Dave Phillips, Preaching, Germantown Church of Christ
Church of Christ Web Site The CT Groups at Church of Christ
Dorthy Sanders Wells, St. Georges Episcopal Church
St. Georges Web Site The CT Groups at St. Georges
Tracey D. Hall, President, Southwest TN Community College
College Web Site The CT Groups at Southwest
We approached Southwest TN Community College to create a joint
partnership to house a group meeting on campus and encouraging
the student body to take advantage of this opportunity while on
campus. The potential for both formal education plus guidance
and assistance in their pending career transition would become a
strong asset for their students.
OLPH Our Lady of Perpetual Help
OLPH Web Site The CT Groups at OLPH
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) was one of the original six
groups meeting. With the blessing of the Church this group has
continued to grow and evolve
Father Robert W. Marshall, St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis Web Site The CT Groups at St. Francis