Welcome to the Center for Career and Life Calling! Our goal is to provide resources to help you with answering some of your most important life questions:
What career should I pursue?
Which college major would best prepare me for the future?
What is God calling me to do with my life?
How can find the right job?
No matter where you are in your career journey, we look forward to assisting you!
The Center for Career and Life Calling is located in the Student Services building (Student Life Suite). You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 734-995-7370.
Kevin & Kay Marie Brennfleck
Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck direct the Center for Career and Life Calling. They are National Certified Career Counselors who have a passionate interest in helping people find their purpose in life. They have more than 20 years’ experience assisting individuals in discovering their unique God-given design, finding work that fits their gifts, and discerning their calling.
They are the authors of Live Your Calling: A Practical Guide to Finding and Fulfilling Your Mission in Life(Jossey-Bass, 2005), and have been leaders and innovators in the practical integration of career development and Christian calling. They are also the founders and directors of ChristianCareerCenter.com, a one-stop online career resource center for individuals and employers.
Kevin and Kay Marie have had the privilege of serving many Christian organizations by providing career development and executive coaching, outplacement assistance, workshops, and consulting services. These organizations include Focus on the Family, Insight for Living, World Vision, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Campus Crusade for Christ, Wycliffe Bible Translators, World Impact, and the Christian Leadership Alliance (formerly Christian Management Association) as well as many Christian schools, colleges and churches.
Kevin has a B.A. from Taylor University and an M.A. from Azusa Pacific University, with additional graduate work from California State University at Northridge. Kay Marie earned a B.A. from Azusa Pacific University and an M.A. from the University of Denver, and completed additional graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary, Azusa Pacific University and California State University at Northridge.
Kevin and Kay Marie have a strong commitment to Christian higher education. Kay Marie was on the faculty of Azusa Pacific University for eight years, and Kevin has worked at both Azusa Pacific and Seattle Pacific University. In the past 15 years, they have enjoyed serving as consultants and speakers at several Christian colleges and universities. They have had the opportunity to dialogue with faculty, staff and students on issues of giftedness, career development, vocation and strategies for equipping Christian college students to be change-agents in the world. Press release
“[The] sense of gifts and calling should come prior to the choice of a career,
whereas many people today choose their career without any sense of gifts and calling.”
Os Guinness, author of The Call
The mission of the Center for Career and Life Calling is to help students and alumni identify and obtain the work (vocation) that they were designed to do.
The services of the Center for Career and Life Calling are based on these values:
- You are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and have inherent worth and value.
- You have a unique, intentional, God-given design (Psalm 139:13-14). He has given you gifts for the purpose of serving others (1 Peter 4:10). Your gifts can include your skills and abilities, interests, personality traits and spiritual gifts.
- God has created you to be in relationship with Him, and to use your gifts to fulfill divinely appointed purposes in life (Ephesians 2:10).
- God calls you to be a good manager of your gifts (Matthew 25:14-30, Parable of the Talents). Ultimately, you are accountable to God for what you have done with the gifts He has given you.
- Due to your inherent design, you will be more interested in certain types of careers than others, with more natural inclination to pursue and excel in those areas of work. You will be more successful in your life and career when you make career choices based on your interests and strengths.
- God calls young people to do great things in this world! “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:10). You can be a part of transforming society as you use your gifts to meet needs in this world.
- The steps to choosing the right major are to: 1) understand the specifics of your God-given design; 2) explore career areas of interest; 3) select the major that best prepares you for a career which fits your design.
- Finding the right career, major and getting a job don’t “just happen.” Exploring careers, making good decisions and conducting a successful job search require learning new skills, getting outside of your comfort zone, and investing time and energy.
- God usually calls His people to go outside the boundaries of their comfort zones. A “God-sized” calling exceeds human capabilities. Choosing to focus on your faith, rather than your fear, is essential for living your calling and accomplishing the things in this world that God has designed you to do.