Engaging the Church
While many Churches are engaged in the Correctional ministry, many are still in the dark on how to get involved in the ministry. Engaging the Church can involve simple raising awareness to the community, donations, and outreach ministries. Correctional ministry can give believers young and old an opportunity to witness the transformational power of Christ like no where else, by being a part of the transformational process through Christ.
Resources to assist in engaging the church
Modeling the Future of Religion in America
Last month, Pew Research Center released a study exploring how the religious composition of the United States might change by 2070. One of the conclusions that drew widespread attention is that Christians – who constituted 64% of the nation’s population in 2020 – may no longer be the majority five decades from now.
Faith Programs and Corrections Annotated Bibliography provided by Kairos
Creating Healing Communities: Empowering churches and a Faith-based reentry program.
The Implications of Meritocracy on the Church: Grace Erased for Incarcerated Individuals article in Christianity Today by Dominque DuBois Gulliard
Does Your Church Have Enough Samaritans? article in Christianity Today by Scott Larson
The Onesimus Workshop: The purpose of the Onesimus Workshop is to orient churches to the process of welcoming former prisoners into the life of their church for building up the body of Christ.
Resources available to members
The following articles are found in the Members Section of the CMCA Website:
- The Criminal Justice System and Going to Court
- Adult Jail Visitation for Clergy
- Adult Jail Visitation and Posting Bond
- Ministry with Families of the Incarcerated
- Jail Ministry Opportunities