Crown Ministries

Career Direct is a Crown Financial Ministries Assessment tool for students and adults. The 24 page print out helps individuals understand how God has uniquely wired them for work.

Career Direct® is one of the few assessment tools that approaches the field of career guidance from a biblical perspective. Most career assessments examine just one or two areas. Career Direct® examines four essential components of career selection: personality, interests, skills, and values. As a result, Career Direct is one of the most comprehensive guidance systems on the market today. Career Direct® was developed over a 10-year period and has been rigorously tested and validated, using standard psychometric principles of testing and measurement. Over 120,000 adults and students have benefited from taking the Career Direct Complete Guidance System .

Highlands College

Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands College provides students with practical leadership training that will prepare them to launch a successful future in a ministry or marketplace position. With two program options, students are able to choose what works best for them, whether full time or evening. Then they can choose a ministry concentration where they feel called: ministry leadership, worship, creative arts or marketplace leadership. During their time at Highlands College, students will receive an all-encompassing education through outstanding academics and intentional ministry training.

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Prepared for College

The academics, the testing, the applications…the process of preparing for college throws first-time students (and their parents) into a huge new world. Beyond the paperwork, there are other considerations we do not want to overlook. A successful college experience involves adult responsibilities with finances, relationships and time management. While those are all skills your student has been developing over the years, some advance planning may be just the ‘heads up’ needed to avoid difficulties.

Finances

College potentially brings along significant debt. Understanding the implications of a lackadaisical approach to studies, frivolous use of grant monies or simple carelessness is difficult for some youth to grasp. Compound the issue with the bombardment of credit card companies that market to college-age youth and a serious problem can result. Student loans can seem so distant to students that they wipe them out of their mind. Teaching the basics of budgeting (i.e. car insurance, licensing fees, food, recreation, tithing) are fundamental to grasping how one ‘little’ extra payment requires eliminating something else. Looking at a budget in black and white, handling a checking account and practicing tithing and saving are keys to financial responsibility.

Relationships

Beyond the romantic relationship issue–which would be a topic in and of itself–there are room-mate issues, landlord, professor and employer connections that may be entirely new to your college-age student. Whereas most all previous contacts will have been predicated upon existing relationships of caring and commitment, these are ‘simple’ get along and show respect relationships. Learning to choose battles and to battle with respectful restraint are challenging skills. Standing strong, accepting limitations of oneself and others can create some strong winds. Discuss the topics with your youth and stay attentive to stresses as the college adventure progresses.

Time Management

We all have the same number of hours in a day. Learning to treasure time, set priorities and establish necessary time boundaries is a lifetime process. Our lives continually change, requiring new schedules and new disciplines. College abounds with opportunities for doing exciting new activities–but responsibilities increase at the same time. Healthy living involves establishing the right personal priorities for rest and relaxation–without self-indulgent excess. Most of us make some mistakes in the process. Your teen will as well. Hopefully your student has had opportunity to establish a schedule, set goals and pace themselves in meeting goals. If not, do not delay. Give your student the freedom to fail, to struggle with a bit of fatigue and help them set their personal boundaries. Encourage effort and achievement.