Serving Behind Bars
Prisoners for Christ Outreach Ministry’s primary focus is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to inmates in jails, prisons and juvenile detention centers. We seek to reach the lost and hurting behind bars through the healing and saving power of God’s grace.
To some people, prison ministry may seem a bit intimidating at first, but once you get past the security guards and fences, it is very much like a small church service. Many of our volunteers come away feeling like they were the ones ministered to by the inmates! It is an extremely rewarding and satisfying experience to worship and share the Word together with our brothers and sisters behind bars.
You don’t have to be a theologian or of a certain “spiritual maturity” in order to do prison ministry. Our only requirement is that you have a wholehearted commitment to and a love for the lost. Most institutions will allow volunteers with a former criminal history to serve behind bars once they have been off all probation for a certain number of years. Some of our most effective volunteers are former inmates who developed a personal relationship with the Lord during their own incarceration and now want to share that with others.
Prison ministry is very flexible, and you can commit to serve as often as your schedule allows. Some of our services are held in jails and prisons on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, while others are monthly or even every other month.
If you’re not sure you’re ready to jump in with both feet, most institutions will allow you to visit once first so you can test the waters before making a commitment. We provide comprehensive training and always place new volunteers with an experienced Group Leader.