Allies: Job Description
NOTE: Ally Training is provided before classes begin. Sign-up link at end of Job Description
ALLIES MAY BE BEST DESCRIBED as those who come alongside class participants. Rather than one on one interaction as in a mentoring situation, Allies are part of a team effort of support, where learning and interacting offer stability in the education process and, with God’s grace, build relationships that will go the distance after the course is completed, up to a year.*
Since Allies are most effective serving in their spiritual gifting, some will find their niché within the class setting, and others outside the class setting.
Within the class setting, Allies act in a team effort, their primary focus to establish trusting, lasting relationships. The team approach can provide an effective context for personal and spiritual growth, relationship support, and in gaining access to social resources.
Outside the class, there may be special skills or resources the Ally can offer in community, outreach with employment, job training, ministry contacts, financial services, social services, or church connections—even childcare assistance or casual food preps for class time or meetings.
For example, one Ally, after attending classes, quickly discovered that her best impact was to help the participants outside of class with their resumé. She flourished in that role, opening a perfect platform for relationships to naturally form.
In weekly collaborations, Allies can share insights, observations, how best to work together, and update anyone who was not present.
After classes end, Allies can serve by providing speakers for monthly fellowship meetings.
Overall, Allies will be effective if they maintain a “learn together” attitude towards participants and display a willingness to listen with sincere interest.
(Note: Familiarity with the Step uP Chattanooga™ program’s approach towards the underemployed
and generationally impoverished is found in the book: When Helping Hurts.)
Need more details?
1. General Checkpoints
- Attend Ally Training
- Maintain confidentiality with all attendees
- Connect with other allies on a weekly basis
- Model regular attendance and promptness
- Personal Commitment
- Follower and servant of Christ
- Faithful church attendee applying biblical principles for experiencing spiritual growth,
- Two years’ experience in a successful job, managing personal finances, building assets
- Empathetic but not bent on solving problems or giving directions, free to let God do the transforming
- Relate humbly and freely with people of different backgrounds, race or socioeconomic status (i.e. poverty) with a high level of respect and sensitivity
- Be passionate about seeing the unemployed and underemployed grow spiritually/economically
- Willing to be an advocate for Step uP Chattanooga™ in the church and community
- Working the Teamwork
- Become comfortable facilitating discussion including role playing
- Encourage participants to form their own small ally teams for additional support groups
- Track participant’s learning, build trust by offering authentic relationship that will go the distance
- Direct financial help NOT advised
- In regular contact with participants (during/after course classes) to provide encouragement and accountability in reaching goals
- Attend and participate in graduation; plan for graduate monthly fellowships for the remainder of the year*
- Overall Spiritual Growth Basics
- Recognizing that Christ is the true Reconciler, point participants to Him
- As a student of the Word, practice and model biblical principles
- As a follower of Jesus, maintain a vision for His kingdom and the dignity of all work
- Remember that all need grace, the Ally as well as the participant
- Pray for participants and spend time with them regularly
Need more Info? Contact:
S. Stephanie Toombs
Allies Training Sign-up
Ready to sign up for Ally Training?
Send an email with your name and telephone # to:
Step uP Work Life Classes Ally: Cheryl
Step uP Silverdale Ally: Kathryn
Hi! I am so excited to be a part of Step Up Chattanooga! I own a medium-sized service business that I started ten years ago as a high schooler. It has since grown to serve 5 cities in two different states.
Step uP Silverdale Ally: Sharon
Why am I volunteering as an ally for the Step uP Silverdale Work Life participants? I felt this was where God wanted me. I want the women there to know how important they are to me and in God’s eyes. I want them to feel my love and the love of our Heavenly Father.
Over the years, I’ve served in short term missions – building churches and homes. I’ve been a church class leader and teacher. Also involved in Tres Dias and Cleansing Stream ministries, and I have taken a small group to Albania to hold a Ladies Conference.
Celebrating 61 years of marriage with my sweetheart and best friend, I’ve watched our family grow to some 30 loved ones. My prayer is that each one will know Christ and make Heaven their final home.