WOMB - Women of Massive Belief is an empowerment initiative of CJ Ministries. This initiative aims to uplift, recognize, and bring women together throughout the community for empowerment and fellowship. We accomplish this through our Women of Worth Luncheon. Every other year, we select twelve women to recognize and feature in a customized calendar where each woman is highlighted in a particular month. So far, we’ve identified two groups of women and donated to other nonprofit organizations that are doing significant work to better women. This initiative has been within the community since 2017.
FuelMan is a mentorship initiative of CJ Ministries. Many young men grow up without another male role model in their lives, so we believe in pairing an adult male with a young male to be their FuelMan. We look for adult men who can offer their time, experience, and commitment to being a lifetime present in their mentee’s life. Our mentorship initiative targets young men in single-parent households without a male present. All adult males have to complete an application to mentor and complete a background check. This is a new initiative and continuing to grow within the community.
Once a year, we host a talent competition to nurture Youth and Young Adults’ gifts and talents. The annual talent competition allows youth and young adults to perform in front of a live audience, rehearse with experts in their craft, and receive a grand prize for their participation. This competition has been a strong force amongst youth and young adults because it allows us to empower their dreams. This competition has been in the community since 2015.
CommUNITY 365 is a movement created by CJ Ministries in response to the significant racial divide in America. After the police killings of African Americans through the United States of America, many Blacks and Whites within the community saw increased racial tension. We sought to bring faith leaders and their congregations together in the spirit of unity and bond of peace. The movement was designed to be an ongoing effort between Black and White faith leaders to engage in dialogue and demonstrate a unified approach to race relations in Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana. We bring these congregations together through domestic community service projects within our community. This movement has been within the community for a year.
The preachers’ rally has been CJ Ministries’ initiative to bring clergy together beyond denomination, race, age, and gender. The preachers’ rally has been a gathering place for members clergy to enjoy the gospel and laypersons’ presentation. This initiative has been within the community for ten plus years.
Families are fighting for their survival. Many families cannot make ends meet with the challenges of unemployment, financial stability, and unable to pay monthly expenses. For years, CJ Ministries have helped families unofficially and now officially through our living assistance program. The program is designed to help families meet their living expenses, receive financial education, and help with job placement. The program was organized this year after realizing the number of families we’ve helped over the years unofficially. We collected this program to help more families.