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10 Ways Prison Ministry Will Benefit Your Church!


“I never shared my faith with anyone until I got involved in prison ministry.”

“Prison work taught me the true meaning of forgiveness, repentance, and restoration.” “My prayer life has a new lease on life due to jail ministry.”

 These comments from recent prison (or jail) ministry volunteers capture some of the joy and spiritual excitement of this strategically important church ministry. The growth of the local church is built on the personal spiritual growth of its members. Prison ministry offers unique, vital opportunities for personal spiritual growth because volunteers get personally involved, even immersed, in the gospel basics: witnessing, Bible teaching, counseling, worship, and encouragement. And when church members catch fire for the Lord, it won’t be long before the church grows.

Let’s explore ten core impacts prison ministry can have on the local church and its members:

Prison ministry is America’s largest spiritual harvest field.There are more than 2.3 million inmates, many of whom are genuinely seeking change, stability, and love in their lives. Many inmates acknowledge that coming to prison was “the best thing that ever happened to me” because they encountered Christ.

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