Who can adopt a CWJC®/CMJCSM ministry site?
Any individual, family, Women on Mission® group, Sunday School class, ministry group, Acteens®, GA®s, youth group, civic organization, or service club can. In other words, anyone can!
How do you get started?
Locate a site in your community or state or select one in an area that interests you. Contact the site coordinator to determine specific needs and ways you can help. Here are some things you might offer to do:
- Become a prayer partner. Commit to pray daily using the prayer plan, with specific needs from your adopted site.
- Meet a physical need. Provide or collect items such as Bibles, office or school supplies, meals or healthy snacks, interview clothing, personal hygiene items, teaching supplies, or building repair and maintenance items.
- Prayerwalk. Your prayers are needed. The need may be to prayerwalk the physical meeting place of the CWJC/CMJC, a desired building, the community where the majority of participants live, or the schools their children attend.
- Contribute financially. “Cheerful givers” are needed for CWJC/CMJC locally, nationally, and globally. No gift is too small.
- Volunteer. Make a difference in a man or woman’s life! Volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to: mentoring, helping in the office, coordinating child care or meals, being a hostess at a celebration event or open house, teaching a life-skills class, tutoring, computing instruction, speaking on behalf of the ministry, writing for the newsletter, driving for a field trip, or encouraging the other volunteers.
- Sponsor an activity or event. Supply small gifts to those completing life skills classes, collect skin care and makeup samples, help secure back-to-school supplies for family members, help brighten any holiday, or host a special event.
- Spring-clean. Spruce up the CWJC/CMJC meeting place. You can probably help with cleaning and maintaining the facility. This could lead to furnishing rugs, curtains, or other needs.
- Upgrade computers. Help make basic computer literacy possible. New computers, software, printers, scanners, paper, and furniture are often needed.
- Speak up. Be an advocate for CWJC/CMJC participants. Make sure influential persons in your community and state really know their needs and good, sound, realistic solutions.
- Plant, pull, and prune. Homes of participants and the site itself might benefit from your “green thumb.”
- Develop a community garden. Assist participants with growing their own food, preparing it to eat, and storage.
- Raise funds. One-time, seasonal, or annual events can help underwrite the expenses of operating a CWJC/CMJC ministry site.
- Record history. Use the enjoyment you get out of photography, scrapbooking, or videography to record the history of your adopted site.
- Play. Facilitate a play day for participants and their families. Everyone needs recreation and fun.
There is a place for everyone in CWJC/CMJC and something everyone can do!
We encourage you to join us in praying for the needs of Christian Women’s Job Corps® and Christian Men’s Job CorpsSM. All ministries have these on-going prayer needs.
What is CWJC/CMJC?
What is Christian Women’s Job Corps/Christian Men’s Job Corps? The purpose of CWJC/CMJC, a ministry of WMU, is to provide a Christian context in which women and men in need are equipped for life and employment; and a missions context in which women help women and men help men.
What happens in a typical CWJC/CMJC program? Women and men receive training in life skills and job readiness. Often computer skills are taught as well. Each ministry is customized to meet the needs of the participants and their community.
What makes CWJC/CMJC different from other job-readiness programs? Each participant is involved in Bible study. Participants are also matched with a trained Christian woman or man who will be a mentor as the participant travels the road from dependency to self-sufficiency.
Is there anything CWJC/CMJC sites have in common? Yes! A trained coordinator leads each site. The ministry is built on the purpose of CWJC/CMJC and eight key elements: certification training, advisory council, needs assessments, networking, covenants, evaluation, a mentor for every participant, and Bible study.
How long does it take to begin a site? 1. Preparation for Ministry (1-3 months). 2. Foundation of the Ministry (6-18 months). 3. Recruitment and Training (1-3 months). 4. Ministry/Service Delivery (ongoing/open-ended). 5. Evaluations (ongoing/open-ended). 6. Redefinition of the Participant’s Role (at self-sufficiency).
Who makes up an advisory council and what is their job? The advisory council is a trained, working body involved with policy and decision making, public relations, fund-raising, providing guidance based on the member’s area of expertise, evaluation, networking, setting goals, long-range planning, and advocating for CWJC/CMJC. WMU representatives serve on the advisory council of each CWJC/CMJC ministry.
Who can be participants of a CWJC/CMJC program? Anyone in need who can be equipped for life and employment through the CWJC/CMJC ministry is eligible for CWJC/CMJC. Each site will decide on a process for intake and referral. Persons with needs that cannot be met by a CWJC/CMJC program are referred to a program that can help them.
What are the goals for a CWJC/CMJC participant? 1. Begin and/or grow in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 2. Complete job-readiness and life-skills program(s). 3. Attain self-sufficiency. 4. Give back to the CWJC/CMJC program.
Does every CWJC/CMJC participant get a job? Honestly, no. CWJC/CMJC is a Christian life- and job-skills training program. No woman or man is guaranteed employment after completing a CWJC/CMJC program. Each program does strive to prepare each participant for work in her or his community.