Visiting the imprisoned – it’s one of the admonitions of the Bible, and one of the Catholic “corporal works of mercy.” Prison ministry has existed from the very earliest times, but perhaps it has never been more necessary than now, when the United States is at peak incarceration levels, and the law is felt more harshly by some groups than others.
Ministry can also extend its reach by working with at-risk youth, by which we mean young men and women from all backgrounds, primarily between 14-24 years of age, who have had some involvement with the criminal legal or foster care systems, or who have (or whose parents have) demonstrated a tendency towards unhealthy behaviors.
This website includes useful Bible quotes on the following topics relevant to prison ministry:
There is a small, yet growing, body of prison ministry resources on the WWW. We welcome your input so we can improve this page.
- FOCUS Prision Ministries – FOCUS Prison Ministries is a Christian, non-denominational, IRS recognized, non-profit organization with a history dating back to 1992. FOCUS (Following Our Choices Unto Success)
- The Orthodox Christian Prison Ministries guidelines for prison ministry.
- Hope Aglow webpage on how to start a prison ministry.
- The United Methodist Church inspiring prison ministry ideas: for success, it considers both the needs of inmates and abilities of volunteers.