Cultivating Leaders

C3I develops leaders who are called to serve in congregations, faith-based social services, and social impact sectors. Through participation in our Congregational Social Work Initiative, our Master of Social Work students work alongside faculty to conduct research on current practices and the intersection faithful witness and social change. Our Master of Divinity students learn to engage social issues in the context of congregational care. Baylor students from any major can participate in leadership development activities, workshops, and research efforts. For more information, click here.

Baylor MSW students who are interested in gaining experience in Congregational Social Work can apply for stipends to work in congregational settings. Over 40 congregations have requested a GSSW MSW student to help shape their congregation’s community engagement. For more information, click here.

Additionally, C3I partners provide continuing education to congregational staff and lay leaders who are part of community engagement in their own cities across the nation. Using video technology, in-person workshops, and curated resources, C3I partners provide trainings for church staff, denominational leaders and regional associations on topics such as addressing hunger, holistic community transformation, biblical foundations for doing justice, and church and community assessments. Examples of past workshops include:

  • Developing congregational ministries.  Presented at the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Waco, TX. November 16-18, 2016.
  • Congregational Social Work.  Presented at the Congregations and Older Persons Conference.  FBC, Allen, TX, May 17-20, 2015.
  • "Moving Waco’s Young People to Productive Working Lives” presented at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church—Waco, TX February 8, 2012.
  • Charity, benevolence, relief, and development: What’s the difference? No Need among You Conference, Waco, TX, Sept. 16-18, 2011.
  • Training for Church and Community Ministry Directors, Camp Buckner, Burnet, TX, May 7-8 2009.
  • Hungry for Justice Poverty Summit, Baylor University, Oct. 8-10, 2009.
  • "Legacies of Care” at Walking Alongside Conference.  7th & James Baptist Church, Waco, TX, October 16-17, 2009.
  • Walking Alongside: Legacies of Care.  CBF Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, June 27-30, 2007.
  • Social Welfare History, Poverty, and Assets Development, Kingdom Partners: Globalization, 2005 Summer State Leadership Meeting, Church and Community Ministries Directors, Atlanta, GA, July 24-26, 2005.