Our mission is to restore those affected by crime and incarceration.
Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prisonPrison Fellowship believes that a restorative approach to prisoners, former prisoners, and all those affected by crime and incarceration can make communities safer and healthier. Our ministry is founded on the conviction that all people are created in God's image and that no life is beyond God's reach. As Christians, we believe that Jesus — Himself brought to trial, executed, buried, and brought to life again — offers hope, healing, and a new purpose for each life. He can make even the most broken people and situations whole again. Through an amazing awakening to new hope and life purpose, those who once broke the law are transformed and mobilized to serve their neighbors, replacing the cycle of crime with a cycle of renewal.
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT PRISON MINISTRY
Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. … One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!" … But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." Jesus answered him, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise."Luke 23:32-43
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' … 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'Matthew 25: 34-40
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisonersIsaiah 61:1
Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the LORD: "The LORD looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death." So the name of the LORD will be declared in Zion and his praise in JerusalemPsalm 102:18-21
PRISON FELLOWSHIP'S VALUES
- Affirm the God-given Value in Every Person. Because we know that all are created in God’s image, we respect the inherent worth and dignity of one another and those we serve. We are devoted to equipping others—inside and outside the organization alike—to reach their God-given potential. “So God created mankind in his own image…” (Genesis 1:27) “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (I Thessalonians 5:11) “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25: 40)
- Demonstrate a Christ-like Character. Employees exhibit biblical integrity and the fruit of the Holy Spirit in both word and deed. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22)
- Serve with Excellence. Employees perform their respective roles with a drive to achieve results that advance the shared mission and vision. Central to this is a commitment to unity, working together toward ministry goals. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23)
- Rely on God’s Word and Prayer. Regular immersion in God’s Word and prayer instructs and powers us for daily living. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105) “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16)