12) We’re on the Hunt for the Best Jail Ministry Resources

Got any? We’ve found…


And this ministry looks awesome. But we’re trying to dig as deeply as we can. Where can we find great guidance for visiting inmates, helping them transition to the outside world when they’re released, helping them with reentry counseling, helping them find good jobs and great small groups that will facilitate close walks and bold witness for Christ. Got any leads?

17 Responses to 12) We’re on the Hunt for the Best Jail Ministry Resources
  1. Jaime Chambers Reply

    The Awana Lifeline program (Malachi Dads and Hannah’s Gift) have changed many lives for the better.

  2. John Walton Reply

    Didn’t know Awana was in prison ministry? The Malachi Dad’s ministry of Awana–helping dad’s become fathers once again from behind bars. Check out Awana Lifeline at AwanaLifeline dot org.

  3. Ken Westerman Reply

    Prison Discipleship Resources

    Prisoner Outreach Resources

  4. Mark Hooper Reply

    Try New Life Behavior Ministries. They have a curriculum successfully used in jail ministries and in many countries. It was officially adopted by the state of Texas legislature for use in prisons. It fits very well with a DMM style approach, with emphasis on discovery, obedience, and transformation in community of other believers.
    see http://www.nlbm.org for more information.

  5. Mike Manna Reply

    Youth for Christ’s Juvenile Justice Ministry is probably the largest ministry with teens in prison. Our website has lots of resources or you can try and contact your local Youth for Christ for more info. The website is http://www.yfc.net/jjm .

  6. Lori Reply

    One of the best resources is found at emmauscourses.org. They have resources for jail ministry that are being used all over the world. They also have bible course books in many languages. Prison courses are designed to be allowed in the jails. Highly recommend this resource. Great customer service

  7. Sondra Wayman Reply

    Woodmen Valley Chapel’s Pridon Ministry, Colorado Springs, CO under Pastor Howie Close

  8. Danielle Reply

    CHARM Prison Ministry and Union Baptist Association, both in Houston, have a wealth of knowledge on church planting in prison ministry and re-entry.

  9. Nancy Riegert Reply

    The American Bible society has a great resource. It is The Trauma Healing Institute course called Healing the Wounds of Trauma. I know of several prisons using this material. It is being used globally in many different settings.

  10. Jen Reply

    70 Time 7 Life Recovery has been really successful in our area with re-entry and employment.

  11. Editor Reply

    These are fantastic resources. Thank you all soooo much!!! Please keep ’em coming if you can think of any others.

  12. Ed Kearn Reply

    Crossroads Prison Ministries.

    I’m not sure what all they do but I helped a friend of a friend get a reference written by them for his court case, after completing their courses. Here’s their statement:

    The Crossroads mentorship program currently offers 12 correspondence Bible study courses for prisoners that each contain up to 14 lessons. Each course is created to help Crossroads students learn more about God and how to follow Him with the help of their mentor.

  13. Ed Kearn Reply

    And another… guys in prison speak VERY HIGHLY of this one… which acts somewhat like the AA 12-step, but with more spiritual input and focus. And they have local chapters in neighborhoods too, in many larger cities (>50k?).

    Celebrate Recovery

  14. Ed Kearn Reply

    and a 3rd option for personal ministry…

    I have an ongoing Bible Study with 8 guys which I do through the BOP (federal) prisons, using their available e-mail, CORRLINKS. This began with our son, who met Marcus, who met Julian, who met Jose… word of mouth, and they study and share with each other. They are now scattered in 4 different facilities.

    Since they cannot contact each other, they reply back to me, and I post their responses using first name only. They pray for each other and encourage each other, and share their struggles. So far we’ve been going through Romans and I Thess, about a half chapter or so each week. They REALLY LIKE HAVING THIS CONTACT WITH EACH OTHER, BROTHERS IN CHRIST!

  15. Rick Vincent Reply

    P of C Prison Ministries
    Printing Gospel tracts, bookmarks with the Gospel presented on the back of them! Involved in Aftercare as well.

  16. Bob Ekblad Reply

    I have two books that include lots on reading the Bible and ministering in jail/prison settings: Reading the Bible with the Damned, Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1995 and the more recent: The Beautiful Gate: Enter Jesus’ Global Liberation Movement, Burlington: The People’s Seminary Press, 2017, and a forthcoming book on preparing and facilitating Bible studies with prisoners and ex-prisoners and others on the margins. See also http://www.tierra-nueva.org

  17. Chaplain Lynn Potter Reply

    Potter’s Heart Ministry http://www.pottersheartrmimistry.org
    4 Biblically Based study guiles Help! I’m Locked Up series. Free to nmates and chaplains. Please visit website for more information

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