We understand that the prospect of going inside can be very daunting. All you can imagine is a bunch of wild-eyed 'criminals' running around hurting each other, but the truth is, in most cases it's not that way at all. Your first time inside the wire will be intimidating. All of the stereotypical things you've seen in the movies will be present, but it's important that you remember two very important thing – Number one is that must remember that if God called you to this ministry, He's got your back! Your faith will bring you through this. The second thing to know is that once inmates find that you're in there, on your own time, with only the goal of helping them make their lives better, you'll be amazed at how much they appreciate you and your efforts!
So, here are some of the things you can do going inside –
There are many ways to get involved in prison ministry if you are willing to go inside, but qualifying for this work and being accepted fully by your Chaplain will take time and patience on your part. The vetting process can be a very slow turning ship. You can imagine that they must start off being skeptical about anyone's motives for wanting to work inside, so you'll need to be patient and somewhat thick-skinned. But believe me once again, it will be worthwhile if this work turns out to be right for you. Find your niche and go for it!
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.
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.