The Promise Church will hold the first meeting of its new job networking group from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, at the church, 9012 Cotter St., Lewis Center.

The Promise Church will hold the first meeting of its new job networking group from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, at the church, 9012 Cotter St., Lewis Center.

The Promise Jobs Network will have weekly meetings, said program organizer and church member Bruce Bernard of Worthington.

Attendance is free, Bernard said. The program is part of the church's outreach to help people in tough economic times.

The meetings will help people learn what Bernard calls the "soft skills" needed to find employment.

Those skills include "getting past the front desk; presenting yourself on the phone, in writing, and in person; networking; connecting and reconnecting; following-up, and staying organized," a press release said.

At the meetings, people seeking employment will look at their skill sets, their last job and what their target companies are seeking, Bernard said.

Attendees also will learn about other group opportunities and public services available to people seeking employment.

Meetings will include speakers who focus on the skills needed in the job search.

The speaker for the March 3 meeting will be Jack Windsor of Windsor Consulting. His presentation is "Three Must-Knows to Find Your Next Job."

Bernard said the idea to start the group came from his wife, Lisa, who had read about other grassroots, faith-based networking groups focused on helping people find employment.

The meetings will also offer support for people dealing with under-employment or unemployment, said church pastor Darryl Bell.

"One thing we hope to accomplish is a sense of encouragement and support for people experiencing unemployment," Bell said.

Aside from the new networking program, the church has other programs that relate to people's business and financial life, Bell said.

"We're offering a course called 'Financial Peace University' a (13-week video course) that helps people with personal finance, and we have weekly 'Power Lunches' with presentations for business leaders on improving one's business and a round table discussion afterward," Bell said, noting that both are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

"With those things in place, we recognized with the economy what it's been and the unemployment levels where they are that this might be another area where we could offer a related program that would help more people," Bell said.

"We see it as part of what Jesus did and calls us to do to meet practical human needs; recognizing that the love of God is not just an emotional thing, but has practical consequences; this is one way we can offer the love of God in a practical hands-on kind of way."

For more information visit www.thepromisechurch.net or call (740) 549-1716.