Has God called you to lead a Christian Women's or Men's Job Corps site? Take a moment to read the guide below, then contact CWJC/CMJC State Consultant Chris Rowley at (737) 280-8660 or chris.wmutx[at]txb.org to get started.
Eight key elements of a CWJC/CMJC site:
- Bible Study
- Needs Assessment
- Certification as a site
A step-by-step guide to starting a CWJC/CMJC Site:
Don't forget to pray after each task.
- Catch and share the vision
- Go to https://wmutx.org/cwjc-cmjc for information
- Pray - individually and corporately
- Contact State CWJC/CMJC consultant to assist you.
- Develop leadership team – site coordinator, advisory council
- Read “What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty” by Bill Ehlig and Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. Highlands, Texas, Aha! Process, Inc., 1999.
- Read “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor and Yourself” by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert.
- Send site coordinator and other leaders to National Certification Training offered by National or State WMU. Register at lplunk[at]wmu.org for National Certification training.
- Do a needs assessment of the community – what services are being offered in your community and the needs of residents.
- Decide on ministry model
- Community-based – multiple churches working together
- church-based – one church
- 501 c 3
- Set a date for inviting the community to a vision casting meeting
- Decide on location – church, apartments, strip center
- Evaluate what needs to be done to get classroom site ready - equipment needed table, chairs, whiteboard, computers. Gather supplies, materials, etc.
- Decide on classes to be offered, services to be provided, set schedule based on needs assessment.
- Recruit volunteers – advisory council, teachers, encouragers, prayer leader, general helpers.
- Train all volunteers… general orientation for teachers, career closet, hospitality, benevolence, mentors.
- Develop or discover a curriculum for classes to be taught.
- Develop a budget.
- Begin developing policies and procedures.
- Plan a fundraiser and begin contacting churches, individuals, businesses for financial support.
- Publicize in community, recruit participants.
- Sign covenants.
- Celebrate as you begin your ministry.
For more information, contact Chris Rowley, CWJC/CMJC State Consultant at (737) 280-8660 or by email at chris.wmutx[at]txb.org. To learn more about CWJC/CMJC, visit wmutx.org/cwjc-cmjc.