Full-Time Missionary

A Message from one of our Full-Time Missionaries: Dick Rothlisberger

My wife, Judy, and I have been Missionary Chaplains at the Regional Justice Center in Kent, WA since 2001.  I originally started out as a PFC volunteer going into the RJC after teaching junior high school science classes all day. After three years of that, I was challenged by Greg Von Tobel to consider retiring early to become a full-time chaplain under Prisoners for Christ. I have now found my niche as an evangelist and discipler for one thousand plus male and female inmates.  It’s been an amazing experience, and I’m praying the Lord will raise up many more warriors to serve in this capacity.

A Message from our President:

If you are reading this page, it’s possible you feel the Lord tugging on your heart to go into full-time missionary work. You may not only be evaluating the possibilities of going to the mission field but also the possibilities of going into full-time Prison Ministry work.  Praise the Lord!

This may be a very emotional time for you or it may not be. For most people this time of preparations is a roller coaster of emotions. You don’t know what to do or where to go for advice and counsel. You may be asking yourself some pretty tough questions like, “Am I suited for full-time missionary work?” or “How is God going to supply the needs of my family?” or “What if my spouse is not supportive of this call?”

How do I know these things? Because I was right where you’re at when God called me to move from being a part-time volunteer to full-time missionary in the jails and prisons. It was two years from the time I first accepted the call until the time I finally left my business position. God took two years to prepare our hearts for this full-time FAITH ministry. Some people may require a much shorter transition time, while others may take longer.

If you have accepted the call from God to take His message into the jails and prisons, I would greatly encourage you to start the process of becoming a full-time PFC missionary. Remember that our Lord said He will never leave us or forsake us. Stand firm and run the race marked out for you! – Greg Von Tobel

How to Become a Full-Time Prison Missionary with PFC

Phase 1: Submit a Letter of Introduction answering the following questions:

  • Why do you want to become involved with Prisoners for Christ?
  • Why do you want to become a full-time prison missionary?
  • Are you currently serving in prison ministry now?
  • Are you a member of a local church?
    • For how long?
    • What is your senior pastor’s name, phone number and email address?
    • Please send your church’s Statement of Faith.
    • If applicable, list your church’s website.
  • How long have you been a believer in Christ?
  • How did you come to believe in Christ? (Write a short testimony)
  • Please explain your current family situation.
  • Tell us about the prisons in your city, region, state or country.
  • Tell us what type of prison ministry you are doing: i.e.- church services, Bible studies, visitations or other.
  • Please include a picture of you and your family.
  • Have you ever served time as an inmate? If yes, please list your crime(s).

Phase 2:

  • Initial Application
  • Reading Assignments
  • Ten Questions to Ask Yourself
  • Read Missionary Profile
  • Interview with the Ministry President
  • Develop a Job Description Outline

Phase 3:

  • Phase III Application
  • Reference and Credit Check
  • Review Missionary Status Agreement and Teamwork Form
  • Develop a Personal Prayer Team Network
  • Reading Assignments
  • Discuss Support Raising
  • Interview with the Ministry President
  • Interview with the Board of Directors

Phase 4:

  • Submit a Family Budget
  • Submit a Fundraising Plan
  • Reading Assignments
  • Read Policy and Procedures Manual

Phase 5:

  • Deputation Process

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