If you are a Pastor or on the Leadership team of your Church and you're hearing God speak to your heart about a Prison Ministry, please don't hesitate to speak up about this. As you know, the Bible has plenty to say about how we need to care for prisoners so this can become an important part of your Church's Home Missions program.
The first step in the process is to recruit members into your Church's Prison Ministry Team. These folks will need to be very prayerful and dedicated to this concept. It should have a minimum of 3 active participants and 5 or 7 are better yet. Whatever program you get involved with will likely be a weekly thing (Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 for example) so you'll want to have enough members to cover people going on vacations or getting sick, especially if members of your team are husband and wife. The very worst thing you can do is have to cancel a class session because you have no one to cover it. Chaplains get turned off very quickly to programs that become sporadic and inconsistent.
Here are some ideas that a Church ministry can do –
Inside you will find ideas for work you might be able to do for a prison ministry that does not involve actually going inside a facility.
We understand that the prospect of going inside can be very daunting, but it's important that you remember that if God called you to this ministry, He's got your back!