Starting a Prison Ministry
Did you know that 1/3 of the population deals with incarceration? What can the Church do to serve this demographic, whether it be the offender or the family of the one who is incarcerated?
While society may intend prison to be a place of punishment, God can use it as a place of transformation. He does not give up on those in prison, but pursues them in love. Learn how Gateway began our prison ministry and the key concepts we keep in mind through these videos and our fact sheet.
VIDEO 1: WHY WE DO PRISON MINISTRY
It’s important to know God's heart for offenders and His call to remember them. How can we love and reach them? How do we support the family of an offender? Learn more!
VIDEO 2: PRISON MINISTRY OVERVIEW
Launching a prison ministry can seem daunting, and you might not know where to start. Learn how we started out by doing simple outreach projects and the topics we cover on these “one day mission trips.”
VIDEO 3: GETTING STARTED
City Jail? County Jail? Federal Jail? How do I get started? Who do I talk to? Learn some practical steps you can take to connect to your local prison and learn what needs you can meet.
VIDEO 4: PRISON OUTREACH PROJECTS
How do we prepare today’s offender to become tomorrow’s neighbor? The biggest help to offenders in prison are projects geared around re-entry skills. Learn more about the two main subjects we teach in our prison ministries.
VIDEO 5: MARRIAGE MINISTRY IN PRISON
Learn about the 10-week curriculum we use in the prisons, and how we include the spouse as well.
VIDEO 6: PARENTING CLASSES IN PRISON
Learn more about the 10-week curriculum we use in the prisons to help prepare the offenders to be better parents and the event we do that includes the children.
HANDOUT: PRISON MINISTRY FACT SHEET
Overview summary of what you need to know about starting a prison ministry in your church.
HANDOUT: PRISON MINISTRY VOLUNTEER TRAINING
Guidelines and protocol for individuals interested in volunteering in a prison ministry.
If you are interested in the specific curriculum Gateway uses that was mentioned in the videos, please follow these links:
Marriage on the Rock - https://store.marriagetoday.com/products/marriage-on-the-rock-video-series
Heritage: A Father’s Influence to the Generations - https://store.gatewaypeople.com/search/heritage+tom+lane/