OBJECTIVES

Upon conclusion of this training manual you will be able to:

  • Provide references for the scriptural mandate for prison ministry.
  • Explain why believers should be involved in prison ministry.
  • Articulate the spiritual goals of jail and prison ministry.
  • List the social goals of jail and prison ministry.
  • Summarize what the Gospel has to offer prison inmates.
  • Determine your role in prison ministry.
  • Summarize the spiritual qualifications for a prison ministry worker.
  • Identify four areas of preparation vital to effective prison ministry.
  • Summarize the steps for starting a prison ministry.
  • Identify various types of ministries which you might provide in an institution.
  • Prepare and submit a proposal for prison ministry.
  • Recruit and train volunteers.
  • Explain how to get started corresponding with an inmate.
  • Summarize guidelines for corresponding with 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.
  • Identify various group meetings that can be conducted in jails and prisons.
  • Summarize guidelines for conducting group meetings.
  • Explain why inmates’ families are often in crisis.
  • Identify ways in which you can minister to inmates’ families.
  • Summarize guidelines for ministering to inmates’ families.
  • Explain how to start a ministry to death row inmates.
  • Discuss guidelines for ministering to death row inmates.
  • Explain how to help a death row inmate prepare to die.
  • Identify common needs of ex-offenders.
  • Describe types of post-prison ministries.
  • List steps for starting a post-prison ministry.
  • Determine your role in post-prison ministry.
  • Demonstrate understanding of institutional security levels.
  • Discuss differences between jails and prisons.
  • Discuss common inmate typology.
  • Explain how to deal with inmates who maintain their innocence.
  • Describe dress codes applicable for all penal institutions.
  • Summarize safety codes applicable for all penal institutions.
  • Give guidelines for surviving a hostage incident.
  • Explain the first rule for relating with inmates.
  • Summarize guidelines for relating to inmates.
  • Define a “setup,” explain how it occurs, and how to avoid it