The head of an organization that works with churches to address the devastating impact of joblessness will be joining the extensive list of speakers for a symposium at TWR’s office in Cary, N.C.

David Spickard, president and CEO of the global nonprofit Jobs for Life, will be one of 13 speakers taking part in the Instilling Healthy Interdependency Together symposium Oct. 8-10. Organizers of the event said they were pleased to announce that Spickard would be stepping into the speaking slot after another scheduled guest, Dick Scoggins of Mission Frontiers, was unable to attend.

The event invites members of the business, church and missions communities to come together to hear the ideas of diverse specialists and to discuss how businesspeople can be more directly engaged in the work of spreading the gospel and alleviating poverty. Joining TWR as sponsors are the Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability, Poverty Cure, The A Group and the Acton Institute.

Raleigh, N.C.-based Jobs for Life has mobilized churches, organizations and businesses in more than 275 cities and seven countries to help unemployed and underemployed people find dignity and purpose through meaningful employment. JfL training sites are located in urban and suburban churches, rescue missions, prison and re-entry programs, ministries to at-risk youth and other community nonprofits.

Spickard has a master’s degree in business administration and has served as chairman of the Re-entry Committee of Prison Fellowship’s Operation Starting Line and on the national Fatherhood Initiative’s Byrne Advisory Committee.

To attend the symposium – hearing the featured speakers and taking part in the discussions about business and ministry – register at www.twr.org/symposium 2013. A link to sign up for a live webinar of the event also is available on the site, as is a complete schedule.