On May 27-28, All In Community participated in the 2022 Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association Summit. The CMCA Mission is to better equip and strengthen faith leaders to fulfill the Great Commission in corrections ministry.
AIC team leaders Jami Nathan, James Clay and Reba Collins facilitated a workshop titled From Lived Experiences to Leaders, which was well attended - “standing room only.” This presentation was selected from several submissions to CMCA.
“This is my third year participating in the CMCA Summit and second year to present,” said Reba Collins. “The last two years, of course, were virtual, so it was great to actually connect and converse in person with justice-involved ministry leaders from across the country. More importantly, it was a blessing to be with Jami and James as they engaged in meaningful discussions with fellow Summit participants.”
This workshop on developing leaders among those served in justice-involved ministry opened the door to explore mutually beneficial ministry efforts with participants following the workshop.
“Our presentation at the CMCA Summit was unique and inspiring to others,” said James Clay. Compared to other organizations attending the summit, it was clear to Clay that AIC is one of the few doing service "WITH" restored citizens as opposed to doing "for" and "to" returning citizens. “We made great connections from across the country that we can build upon, as well. We can learn from them, and they can learn from us. This is the "Church" functioning as it should on a small scale,” Clay said
“Overall, my experience at the CMCA Summit was so exciting. Seeing so many Christians who are passionate about saving lives and introducing those lives to Christ is phenomenal to me. I am so grateful for the opportunity to stand beside Reba Collins and Jami Nathan and represent Christ, WOCUMC, All In Community and our home churches,” Clay said.
These All In Community leaders are thankful to the West Ohio Conference and AIC donors for their support of ongoing opportunities to equip fellow justice-involved ministry co-laborers through conferences like the national CMCA Summit.
“It was a privilege to attend the CMCA Summit with my co-laborers. It was amazing to engage with others to learn how to inspire those who are incarcerated. All In Community strives to inspire others to get involved, to be effective, to build relationships with those affected by the criminal justice system. We want to help the incarcerated persevere through challenging times and transition back home successfully. Attending this conference showed me that there is much to do but others who are willing to work with us to persevere,” Nathan said.
All In Community (AIC) is the West Ohio Conference’s modern day, Biblical response to eliminate the impact of mass incarceration across our mission field. The AIC initiative exists to equip local churches in the West Ohio Conference to become communities of support for families and individuals impacted by incarceration.
Written by Reba Collins, All In Community Consultant