as well as many other kinds of ministries.
Jail is a very fertile mission field to plant the seed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. County jail is God's boot camp where He breaks pride and dependence on self. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Psalm 51:17. That desperation and the resulting brokenness will hopefully open them up to the person of Jesus Christ who wants us to lean on Him.
Many times a county jail inmate initiates a relationship with Christ on this basis. It is sometimes just “jail house” religion but many times it is a genuine desire to want real change in their lives. They call out to Jesus Christ for that change but they do not yet fully understand that Christ desires to be both their Savior and their Lord and that this Lordship is established by stepping into obedience.
John Boren (County Jail Chaplain in Indiana)
County jail ministry is overwhelming and can be very frustrating but it is also very rewarding and exciting to see transformation in the lives of these men and women.
Jails and prisons are “white unto harvest” mission fields—where Jesus specifically encouraged us to visit and minister. (Matthew 25:36)
The Story of Hope (Global English Edition) works very well as a resource for ministry with jail or prison inmates, for several reasons:
40 pages edition with staple binding for jail and prison ministries. If you are a jail or prison ministry chaplain, ask us about possible funding assistance.
102 professionally-designed pages of answers to the Bible study questions contained in The Story of Hope and suggestions as to how to deal with some of the common questions you may face, as well as many other tips for making your study successful.FREE Leader's Guide
Betty from Minnesota
We work with a very small number at a time, all women. We have had quite a few who have had very little contact with the Bible. We give them Bibles. We have had young women who say they have no hope. We define the word hope as used here. The Story of Hope gives us a way to try to show them how the whole Bible points to Jesus. They are hungry for pictures and color so they are attentive. We read and discuss it together. We are allowed to send these back to their cells with them.
Since it is county jail, we have women who are in jail for only a few days up to a few months. It is difficult to know what lessons to do—we try to find things that are clear and stand alone, but if someone is there for a bit longer, we will also continue building on what we have been using. They ask difficult questions. We usually send some “homework” Bible reading back with them so they can follow up on their own and some of them do.
Please pray for us as we try to share with these troubled women the only place they can find hope. Many of them have young families and will be going back to the same setting as before.
The Way to Joy was designed to teach new believers some of the most essential Biblical truths they need to know and help them establish basic spiritual disciplines they need to begin to practice, after receiving Jesus Christ as Savior. The study includes these ten lessons:
Bible memory verse cards, as well as a Bible reading and prayer journal are included.
32 Pages, plus the Bible memory cards. Ask for 32 page (prison ministry) edition of The Way to Joy. If you are a jail or prison ministry chaplain, ask us about possible funding assistance.
44 professionally-designed pages to help you lead someone through this discipleship study. Includes answers to all of the Bible study questions in the study as well as lesson plans for all 10 discipleship sessions. Can be used for one-on-one studies or small groups studies. Download it for FREE and see for yourselfFREE Leader's Guide
The Bible's BIG Story Teaching Visuals - Set of 105
Set of 105 laminated, double-sided teaching visuals for teaching the Bible's redemptive story, from Genesis through Revelation.
This set of 105 printed-laminated teaching visuals (13.5" x 10.75") works well in teaching the Bible to inmates, especially for those who are low-literate.
Includes high-quality Bible-event visuals for 50 Old Testament and 50 New Testament events from the Bible's BIG redemptive story. Also, includes five Bible event-visuals that are particularly helpful in teaching the gospel to Muslims.
Begins with an "In the beginning God…" (Genesis 1:1) image and continues chronologically through the last two chapters of Revelation. Great resource for teaching inmates what the Bible is all about and how it unfolds, as a story.
Key teaching content is printed on the back side of each visual. Or, you can tape your own teaching notes to the backs of the visuals.
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Dave, prison ministry worker in Colorado
In our ministry with prison inmates, we're doing some imagination stuff (“put yourself in the image”) with the printed teaching visuals in a small group. And, then we go to the Bible texts. It’s been very encouraging! I'm amazed as to how much the inmates can pick up from the images.
The Chronological Bridge to Life Visuals
Set of 8 laminated teaching visuals focusing on 8 essential truths.
How to Use the ChronoBridge to Life DVD & Card Set
This ten minute video presentation illustrates how to use the Chronological Bridge (ChronoBridge) to Life in presenting God’s story of hope.
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The Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Dallas, PA (SCI Dallas) is a medium-security prison for adult male felons. SCI Dallas houses more than 2,100 inmates, some 400 of whom are serving life without any possibility of parole.
Ricardo Jackson, a chaplain at SCI Dallas, attended The Roots of Faith courses at ABWE, in order to be equipped to teach the courses to prison inmates. The class sessions were held on Monday evenings.
The class was promoted as an “Exploring the Bible” course. Chaplain Jackson asked some of the men to submit a note or letter, expressing what The Roots of Faith - Old Testament course had meant to them.
Gaining Ground with Good Soil
Want to understand more about Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship? This is the place to start! NEW Visually Enhanced 2016 Edition - An evangelism and discipleship training narrative that is a scaled-down version of the Good Soil E&D seminar in a narrative format. Full color throughout.
Gaining Ground with Good Soil is an evangelism and discipleship narrative—a scaled-down version of the Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship seminar in a narrative format. The principles gained from this book are applicable for anyone wishing to serve God through Biblical evangelism and discipleship, but is especially instructive and helpful for ministry leaders, including jail and prison chaplains.
The realistic, but fictional narrative, around which the book is developed, tells the story of a couple of missionaries who were frustrated and discouraged—to the point of almost giving up—because of their lack of success in evangelism and discipleship on their field. But, the "Good Soil" principles they learned from Bible study revolutionized their ministries. It will help you think through a theology of evangelism and discipleship and help you to present the gospel so that men and women will clearly understand it, sincerely embrace it, and firmly hold on to it.
Free instructional resources for individual and group study are also available for download. www.GoodSoil.com/FREE
If you are a jail or prison chaplain, with a USA shipping address, and will commit to reading this book, we will send you a FREE (and postage-free) copy of Gaining Ground with Good Soil.
Good Soil Training and Resource Catalog
This downloadable PDF catalog is a quick reference to the many resources offered here at Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship.
Steve and Melanie Hammond run C.H.O.I.C.E.S. (Caring Hearts Offering Compassion Information Encouragement & Support) in Yorkshire, NY, that encompasses a pregnancy resource center, biblical counseling ministry, and after school program. Another part of their ministry is a weekly chapel time with men and women at the Wyoming County Jail. In January, they began to go through a study of The Story of Hope with the inmates.Read more
The Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Dallas, PA (SCI Dallas) is a medium-security prison for adult male felons. SCI Dallas houses more than 2,100 inmates, some 400 of whom are serving life without any possibility of parole. Ricardo Jackson, a chaplain at SCI Dallas, attended The Roots of Faith courses at ABWE, in order to be equipped to teach the courses to prison inmates. The class sessions were held on Monday evenings, with one of the inmates (Russell) assisting with some of the teaching.Read more
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