The Career Direct®
was developed out of a need for a comprehensive,
biblically based assessment that would help people
better understand their unique divine design and
find the career or educational path that best matches
their natural God-given strengths and abilities.
Larry Burkett, renowned
Christian financial author and speaker, noted that,
“During the years I was counseling families
on their finances, I frequently observed people
in career fields that didn't match their talents
and abilities. It concerned me that so many people
were not aware of their strengths and, therefore,
were not being good stewards of their talents.”
Larry began praying that someone would develop
a program that would help people understand their
vocational bent and show them how to make the right
career decisions from a biblical perspective. In
1989, he felt the
Lord was leading Christian Financial Concepts, the
organization he founded in 1976, to undertake this
In 1990 Larry began assembling a highly qualified
team of individuals to set about the task of developing
a biblically based
yet psychometrically sound
career assessment. The team, initially known as
‘Career Pathways,’ diligently researched
other assessment tools on the market and found that
virtually none of them reflected a biblical worldview.
Also, they found that most were not comprehensive
in nature, covering only one or two of the four
areas that their research indicated were essential
to a sound career decision making process--personality,
Initially, the team used a combination of well-known
assessments along with “feedback counselors”
to provide career guidance while they conducted
exhaustive research to develop their own assessment.
In 1995, Christian Financial Concepts made its first
debut of the Career Pathways
Assessment® made up of the CPPI
(Career Pathways Personality Inventory) and the
ISVI (Interests, Skills,
In 1996, Career Pathways changed its name to Life
Pathways in order to better reflect the whole-life
nature of all of its assessment and career resources.
In 1997, a revised version of the paper assessment
was published and the name of the assessment was
changed to Career Direct®.
Since its creation, over 80,000 individuals have
benefited from the insightful perspective that under
girds all of the Career
Direct Guidance System materials.
An extensive analysis of data from several thousand
Career Direct clients
was used to refine and revise the factors and scoring
which were incorporated into the 1999 introduction
of the CD-ROM version
of Career Direct. This greatly enhanced product
allowed the user to install, complete, score, and
print the Career Direct
on the user's home computer, reducing the time from
assessment completion to receipt of assessment results
from two weeks to a few minutes!
In September of 2000, Christian Financial Concepts
and Crown Ministries merged and became Crown
Financial Ministries. During the transition
time following the merger, the ministry focused
strictly on refining and consolidating its core
financial mission and materials.
In March 2002, there was a renewed interest in
the career ministry and in developing the Career
Direct CD-ROM assessment into an Internet-based
application. A number of the former Life Pathways’
staff were assembled and the career outreach was
renamed Crown Career Resources.
It became their quest to redesign Career Direct
into a truly interactive, online experience.
This vision became a reality with the release
of Career Direct®
Online in 2006.
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