Transforming Souls, Transforming Communities
Prisoners to Pastors
Prison Fellowship offers inmates at select institutions the opportunity to enroll in a four-year, seminary-level training program in Christian leadership. Facilitated by Prison Fellowship volunteers, the Prisoners to Pastors program offers former lawbreakers the chance to become leaders of the Church behind bars and after they return to the community.
When inmates enroll in Prisoners to Pastors, they gain the confidence they need to lead other inmates to Jesus. They become God’s ambassadors behind prison walls, bringing His peace and light in a dark place. When they return to urban neighborhoods, they’re ready to be role models who help break the cycle of crime strangling their communities.
The Prisoners to Pastors curriculum is perfect for inmates. It was developed by World Impact, a successful urban missions organization, so that students with limited education can still succeed.
As they apply themselves to a deeper understanding of God’s Word, He will use them in ways they never dreamed possible.
InnerChange Freedom Initiative
The InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI) is a reentry program for prisoners based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Inmates begin the program 18 to 24 months before their release date and continue with a mentor for an additional 12 months once they have returned to the community.This values-based program is built on the belief that real and lasting change takes place from within. IFI stresses personal responsibility, the value of education and hard work, and care of persons and property. When you support IFI, you help make sure that inmates return to society as law-abiding neighbors—not repeat offenders. Learn More
Men and women who have an authentic encounter with Christ behind bars need the support of the local church when they return to society. Prison Fellowship Bridge Churches commit to “adopt” an ex-prisoner for one year following their release. With the help of Prison Fellowship, churches are trained and equipped to show the love of Christ to prisoners as they return to their communities.
“Christ challenges us not to forget the poor and not to forget the imprisoned. We have a responsibility to bridge that gap. Receiving ex-prisoners into our midst makes our communities safer and the fabric of our churches stronger.”
— Tim Rolen, Senior Pastor New Hope Community Church
Out 4 Life
Out4Life brings together a coalition of community stakeholders state by state to tackle recidivism nationwide. The coalition includes representatives of faith-based organizations, state agencies, corrections, community-based organizations, victim’s advocacy groups, and the business community. These groups discuss how to coordinate reentry efforts, and the creation of coalitions that will provide pre-release, day-of-release, and post-release programming and mentoring to prisoners enrolled in the program. Learn more
Through works of grace, acts of justice, and proclaiming truth, Prison Fellowship Ministries is an expression of the church, bringing peace to a broken world.