Networking in the Pews

With corporate giants toppling and unemployment high, more job hunters are turning to an old-fashioned source of counsel--the church. For years, places of worship have offered organized networking and workshops on such topics as resume writing and interview strategies. But now pastors promising job assistance are being swamped with seekers.

At the height of the economic boom, St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Houston nearly dropped its networking sessions for lack of interest. But in the past nine months, the group has ballooned from 10 participants to more than 50. At St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, Minn., attendance at...

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