Starting a Site

Getting to Know CWJC/CMJC

For Board Members, Mentors, Volunteers or those interested in starting a CWJC/CMJC Site. 

Our online class will provide you with a basic understanding of the ministry- the history, principles, and elements of CWJC/CMJC are covered. Through this course, you'll have the opportunity to evaluate what this ministry could look like in your community and how you could be a part. This class does not take the place of Level 1 & 2 Training, but will provide a great overview for those interested in this ministry, or those volunteering with an existing site. 

We are currently updating our online course and it will be available soon. 

If you are located in a community where there is already a CWJC/CMJC site, be aware of the following policy as stated in our Level 1 Training Manual:

A new site will not be approved in the same geographical area where another site is currently located, unless the current site is in agreement of the new site beginning.

This long standing policy is included in the new CWJC/CMJC manual. 

For Prospective CWJC/CMJC Site Coordinators

We've outlined a few things we think you'll be interested to know. Please contact us should you have additional questions.

2020 Dates

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, currently planned CWJC/CMJC trainings are not being done in person. Please email for more information. 

Training Overview

The six steps to becoming a fully certified CWJC/CMJC Site Coordinator:

  • Complete the National Certification Training for Site Coordinators Level 1 before beginning your CWJC/CMJC site.
  • Register your site with the national office.
  • Keep your national certification current by completing suggested professional development annually.
  • Pray for CWJC/CMJC using the prayer plan.
  • Certify your site with the national office, including completing the ministry plan.
  • Complete the National Certification Training for Site Coordinators Level 2 within two years of completing Level 1.


National Certification Training Level 1 (2 days)

The Level 1 training equips prospective site coordinators to plan, develop, operate and evaluate a Christian Women's Job Corps/Christian Men's Job Corps ministry. This training is the beginning point of a CWJC/CMJC leader's journey.

As a result of completing this training, individuals will be able to:

  1. Articulate the Biblical basis for the CWJC/CMJC model.
  2. List and explain the key elements of a CWJC/CMJC ministry.
  3. Identify the steps to create and run a CWJC/CMJC ministry site.
  4. Articulate the purpose and skills necessary for a mentoring relationship in a poverty context.
  5. Complete a ministry plan for organizing, operating, and evaluating a CWJC/CMJC ministry.


Complete the online course Getting to Know CWJC/CMJC (This course is being updated, and will be available soon)
This is a $20 online course that will help you lay a foundation for Level 1 Training

What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty

Bill Ehlig and Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.
Highlands, Texas, Aha! Process, Inc., 1999

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor and Yourself
Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
Chicago, IL, Moody Publishers, 2009

Once site coordinators are prepared to develop a site, the site will need to be registered. To receive a link to the form for registration, contact Natalie Shannon at

When a registered site moves through the development stage (we recommend approximately two years for this) and is prepared to serve participants and recruit volunteers, the site will need to certify. 


National Certification Training Level 2 (2 days)

The goal of Level 2 training is to better equip an active CWJC/CMJC site coordinator to operate and evaluate a ministry site through a more in-depth exploration of key leadership and organizational issues. Attendance at NCT Level 2 is open to those individuals with at least 12 months of involvement in a CWJC/CMJC site since the completion of Level 1.

As a result of completing this training, individuals will be able to:

  1. Strengthen leadership skills
  2. Address primary concerns from their sites
  3. More consistently implement the key elements 
  4. Develop a better understanding of organizational principles that affect a ministry site
  5. Revise the ministry plans for their sites
  6. Exchange ideas with other site coordinators
  7. Meet individually with a trainer

Prerequisite Bibliography:
Strengths Based Leadership: Tom Rath

This book needs to be purchased new, as there is a strengths assessment that comes with the book and will need to be completed prior to the training. A code for the assessment comes with the book. 


Spanish Resources (all levels)

If Spanish is your preferred language, we have selected these titles that will help you in the training process.

Prerequisite: Read any two of the following books for each level of training:


While You Wait for National Certification Training

for Site Coordinators

When you feel called to train, organize, implement, and evaluate a CWJC/CMJC ministry to meet the needs of women/men in your community, you want to be trained now! Admittedly there can be frustration in waiting. Here are some suggestions of ways to "jump in" and familiarize yourself with the ministry before your training date.

  • Complete all prerequisites for the training you have registered for.
  • Volunteer at an established site near you. Or if you live in an area where there is no site, volunteer with an existing community agency that serves the same population group you are thinking of for a CWJC/CMJC site.
  • Enlist a team of persons who will pray for you as you prepare to lead a new CWJC/CMJC ministry.
  • Find out all you can about your prospective population group (i.e., learn about local poverty statistics, women coming out of prisons, or in the adult entertainment industry). You can conduct research on the Internet; through books, magazines, or journals; and/or by interviewing people locally.
  • Discover your spiritual gifts.
  • Attend seminars or classes, and/or read books or articles on leadership skills. Know that you are going to continuously be developing yours.
  • Use the CWJC/CMJC prayer plan daily.
  • Tour several CWJC/CMJC ministry sites to learn how important it is to design your ministry to meet the needs of women/men and your community.
  • Prayerwalk or prayer drive the community your CWJC/CMJC ministry will serve.
  • Have your state CWJC/CMJC coordinator or a state WMU representative come to your church or association to make a presentation on CWJC/CMJC.
  • Contact your pastor; church, association, and state WMU to let them know of your plans and gain their prayer support.
  • Secure a copy of any community resources directories that may have been published for your county or community. Familiarize yourself with agencies offering life skills and job readiness programs.
  • Survey churches (not just Baptist) in your community to find out about local on-going ministry projects.
  • Contact a site of your choice and commit to pray for that particular ministry on a daily basis.
  • Interview several site coordinators.
  • Visit the CWJC/CMJC Web site monthly to learn about important updates in the ministry. 


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