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.
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.
—John Boren (County Jail Chaplain in Indiana)
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
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.
Take a "Look Inside" and see for yourself
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.
The top ten takeaways from Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship training:
Good Soil Basic Seminar
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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.
“The knowledge I have obtained in reading and studying the Old Testament in its entirety, from beginning to end, has been beneficial in furthering my love for God, and faith in his word. In exploring the Old Testament through The Roots of Faith curriculum, I experienced God's love for his creation, and the purpose he envisioned for us.”
“I don't think you could have picked a better study. We started at Genesis, the beginning. I wondered if I had to actually pay for this valuable information - what would it cost? My answer, “Priceless!””
“This Bible study class has helped me understand the Bible and God's love and mercy. And, as well, this Bible study has helped me understand my life in many different ways. The Bible study has really made an impact in my life.”
“Attending the Bible study on Monday evening has been a great lesson for me. The leader has presented the material in a thorough and insightful way. He has brought the stories of the Old Testament to life, while always relating them back to our core beliefs. I have learned much from this study. The exploring the Bible (The Roots of Faith) course has challenged me to explore the Bible for myself.”
“Thank you. I enjoy exploring the Bible. I'm still studying the Bible.”
“I sincerely enjoy The Roots of Faith, exploring the Old Testament study. It is extremely informative. The teachings are deep and thorough. We need more studies like this one. Thank you very much for allowing this study to be a part of our lives. It definitely touches me and gives me a firm foundation in which to base all parts of the Word.”
“The Roots of Faith - Wow! What a well put together, easy to read study. It is well outlined, full of information and a great foundation to build upon. It is good for babes in Christ, as well as the mature in Christ. The name says it all - The Roots of Faith. We must have our roots of faith in the truth of the word of God. This series of lessons on the Old Testament is a great starting point, a good building tool to make your foundation sure.”
“I just wanted to write to explain the importance of the class topic - “The Roots of Faith.” These lessons have been very helpful in my quest to find answers. It has helped me understand the Bible truths and in coming to a truth about the prophets, and our patriarch Abraham.”
Gaining Ground with Good Soil
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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.
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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.
We have been using the Story of Hope condensed booklet for the past couple of years in a jail ministry to female inmates. It is a simple but effective way to share God's Word and plan within a limited amount of time. The pictures are so eye-catching, and the text is clear and thought-provoking. Thank you for this fine resource!
—Camille from North Dakota
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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