March 2021

Lena Plunk

One of the foundational principles of CWJC/CMJC is using a strengths-based approach while working with participants. As leaders, we must also understand our own strengths and the strengths of those around us. This conference explores how you can lead out of your strengths and build a team that is both diverse and effective.

Lena Plunk is the compassion ministries consultant for national WMU and serves as the CWJC/CMJC national coordinator. She previously served as a CWJC site coordinator and holds a master’s degree in social work from Temple University.

April 2021

Adrianna Anderson

As leaders, we impact the lives of many. Through this webinar, learn how to lead with integrity. Discover how your leadership impacts those around you and how you can lead in a way that reflects the gospel.

Adrianna and her husband, Gregory, are deeply passionate about matters related to leadership, discipleship, race and reconciliation, and faith. Adrianna serves as the director of women’s ministry at Hunter Street Baptist Church in Hoover, Alabama. She attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to pursue an education in women’s ministry and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in public theology. Along with her husband, she has led and trained teams on leadership, faith, discipleship, and race and reconciliation. She is actively involved with the ministry of Teen Challenge for women and has served there for more than 15 years.

May 2021

Mindy Jamison

This conference will bring understanding of generational poverty while examining the culture and mindset of those impacted by it. We will explore the most effective ways to minister to this community.

Mindy Jamison has more than 20 years of experience working with churches, agencies, and communities with a focus on generational poverty. She served for more than 18 years with the North American Mission Board in a poverty-impacted community in Des Moines, Iowa. She is married with one daughter. Mindy serves as the CWJC/CMJC state coordinator for South Carolina and as a national CWJC/CMJC trainer.

June 2021

David Cecil

David Cecil, Ph.D., LICSW is professor of social work in Samford University’s Master of Social Work program. Recent research focuses on social work in the global refugee crisis (Germany and Lebanon). In private practice Cecil uses Motivational Interviewing and Attachment Focused EMDR (EMDRIA).

Dr. Cecil will provide an overview of Motivational Interviewing (and Stages of Change) along with both descriptions and examples of how this approach can be utilized with economically vulnerable people. Deep listening, careful and complex reflections, and accurate affirmations are crucial to this work.

July 2021

Rebekah Sumrall

Assessments motivate and increase the likelihood of participants reaching goals and graduating from ministries. As participants visually see their progress, they believe their hopes and dreams can be a reality in their lives. Learn what assessments are available and how to develop them.

Whether leading and training CWJC/CMJC leaders, mentoring, coaching, or consulting, Rebekah’s passion is to inspire, equip, and refresh leaders in ministry. She served as executive director for 19 years of Begin Anew, a CWJC/CMJC site in Nashville, Tennessee. Currently she is a coach/consultant with Rebekah’s Jar.

August 2021

Jean Roberson

Social determinants are environmental conditions that directly influence physical and mental health. This conference unpacks issues like underemployment, food insecurity, and adverse early life experiences and discusses how these affect CWJC/CMJC participants.

Jean Roberson, LICSW, serves as assistant professor and director of field education for the master of social work program at Samford University. She holds a doctor of social work, a master of social work, and a certificate in theology.

September 2021

Morgan Roberts

Neuroscience confirms when a person experiences a threat, the brain physiologically responds to the threat by activating the body’s fight, flight, or freeze response. Trauma creates hypervigilance that makes it difficult to regulate or a numbing that makes new experiences hard to engage long after the traumatic event has passed. Trauma impacts the brain, impacting us—affecting everyday life and interactions. By learning trauma’s impact, we can learn ways to care for and heal from trauma in order to live connected, engaged lives.

Morgan Roberts, LICSW, is a mental health therapist at Pathways Professional Counseling, an outpatient community agency in Birmingham, Alabama and ministry of Alabama Baptist Children’s Home. She graduated with a bachelor of social work degree from Auburn University and earned her master of social work from The University of Alabama with a concentration in adults and their families. Morgan is married to Eric, senior pastor of a small Southern Baptist church in Birmingham.

October 2021

Kendall Wolz

Anxiety and depression have the power to disrupt your entire life. Anxiety attempts to steal your peace while depression seeks to rob you of happiness. Knowing the signs allows us to recognize and respond to anxiety and depression in our lives.

Kendall Wolz is a provisional licensed professional counselor and serves as center director at Baptist Friendship House in New Orleans, Louisiana (a CWJC site), where she served as a missionary for ten years. She is currently pursuing a PhD at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in counselor education and supervision.

November 2021

Fostering Dynamic Advisory Council and Board Leadership
Kevin Moore

You can have a board united around its passion for the cause, committed to stewarding the mission, and mobilized to ensure maximum ministry impact. Having a great board begins with asking the right questions:

  • What is the balance between operating like a business and serving like a ministry?
  • What is a healthy board chair and executive director relationship?
  • How do we take steps toward implementing a governance model?
  • How can we engage board members in joyful fundraising?

In this webinar, you will learn a proven model for board leadership that overcomes role confusion, prevents mission drift, and creates momentum. More specifically, board members and ministry staff will leave with tools to

  • ask powerful questions that keep the ministry on the growing edge;
  • report the necessary data needed to make wise decisions;
  • leverage the wisdom of board members to propel the ministry forward;
  • equip board members to engage and recruit champions to advance the cause; and
  • set strategies to evaluate and report ministry impact.

Kevin serves as the area director for Mission Increase Central Alabama. Since moving to Birmingham in 1983, Kevin has served in seven different pastoral and Christian nonprofit roles. Kevin is passionate about collaboration and the mobilization of the church to impact Birmingham through its nonprofit agencies.

December 2021

Linda Donnell

Program evaluation can often seem overwhelming. However, it is crucial for growth. This conference explores various tools that can be used in program evaluation. Explore what to do with evaluation results and how program evaluation can be a tool for growing your ministry to be effective for years to come.