Careers in Faith: Your Calling as Your Profession
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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When it comes to the word “calling,” most think of preachers behind a pulpit giving rousing sermons to captivated congregations. But in terms of faith and spirituality — and jobs that encompass those themes — there can be a diversity of paths and theories that are linked to one’s purpose, career fulfillment and how they pay the bills.

Sometimes the subject of career, money and spirituality can get a bit sticky, but there’s no question that careers in religion hold similar issues when it comes to advancement and professional development.

On July 23, we talked with @blackenterprise Twitter followers on the concept of finding one’s calling, how faith professionals balance ministry and business, and the role of spirituality in one’s profession.

Experts weighed in, including entrepreneur and minister Aisha Taylor, the Rev. Deborah Martin, the Rev. Courtney Jenkins and religion professor Anthony Bradley, Ph.D, giving vital insight and candid advice on careers in faith:

@DrAntBradley: When someone encourages you in ways you desire but haven’t verbalized to anyone, it’s a signal.

@DeborahMMartin: Youth often struggle with a calling because we have been taught that “secular” jobs are not Godly assignments. Not true!

@RealTaylorMade: Successful balancing requires time-management, delegation, & equal commitment to all vocations. The blessing is in balance.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.