Chapter 5 – Visiting Inmates


  • Explain why personal visitation is an important ministry.
  • Explain how to get involved in one-on-one visitation with inmates.
  • Summarize guidelines for visiting individually with an inmate.


Many inmates in jails and prisons have no one to visit them:

-Their family may live a great distance from where they are incarcerated or do not have the necessary transportation/finances to visit.
-Their family may have rejected them or they may have no family.
-Former friends may have rejected them.

Personal visits with an inmate is one of the most rewarding areas of jail and prison ministry. This chapter explains its importance, details how to get involved, and offers guidelines for visiting individually with inmates.

Read over the chapter study material and complete the self-test at the end. After this chapter is completed, mark complete and go to the next lesson.