Kairos Prison Ministry
Our Mission - Kairos shares the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.
The Kairos Inside Program
The purpose of the Kairos Inside program is to establish the Kairos Christian community inside prisons through the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
The Kairos Inside program brings positive and negative leaders together, in both male and female institutions, for a 3½ day Weekday based on a series of talks, discussions, chapel meditations, and music led by a same gender team of volunteers.
While Participants listen, combined with a lot of listening and loving from the Weekend volunteers, a Christian community will start to form.
For many Participants, the Kairos Weekend creates the desire to become a Christian, and for others the desire to continue his/her spiritual growth. After the Kairos Weekend, Prayer and Share accountability groups are held weekly, and Reunions monthly. The ultimate goal of Kairos Inside is to build a Christian community to pray and fellowship together on a weekly basis by nurturing each other in their faith walk and providing accountability. This is the heart of Kairos!
As the Kairos Christian community inside a prison grows and begins to gain influence, especially among the formerly negative leaders, the incidence of violence decreases.
Incarcerated participants who are released re-enter the outside world with a God-centered perspective and a new desire to become productive citizens. Kairos Inside is a front row seat to God’s miracles happening right now at men’s and women’s prisons.
Who We Are
Kairos has more than 30,000 volunteers who serve in 500+ prisons and communities in 37 states and 9 foreign countries.
Kairos sprang from the Cursillo movement and is supported by volunteers from 4th Day ministries such as Cursillo, Via de Cristo, Walk To Emmaus, and Tres Dias as well as volunteers from Christian churches. Kairos embraces a diverse group of volunteers working together to fulfill Christ's call to action in Matthew 25:36.
It has been said that Kairos is the one ministry where volunteers work together as the body of Christ and set aside denominational differences to serve together and to embody the true meaning of church.
“What I learned at Kairos is that God doesn’t hate me, He just hates my sins. The volunteers taught me that He is a forgiving God, no matter what.” -Kairos Inside Graduate
Each of the three Kairos Programs (Kairos Inside, Kairos Outside, and Kairos Torch) has a unique targeted audience, but the core program is essentially the same.
“Better Together” describes how the three programs working together positively impact individuals, families, and society. When the incarcerated adult or youth and their female loved ones attend Kairos programs, they have a parallel experience.
That experience provides a common bond, a shared experience, which can create a unique and exponentially positive effect on the family unit. It can also enable unity, positive dialogue, new beginnings, restoration, and hope.
There are many ways to participate in Kairos Prison Ministry.
Here are just a few:
Be a Prayer Partner - All activities are covered with prayer. You can pray every Tuesday at 1:30 pm EST or sign up for a Weekend prayer vigil.
Be a Support Volunteer - Each Weekend has opportunities for outside support such as preparing meals or helping with fundraising events.
Create Agape - Agape takes many forms, one of which is artwork posted throughout the community room as well as signed placemats and posters made by children (first name only).
Be a Cookie Baker - We’re not kidding when we say some Weekends require 20,000 cookies or more. May God bless you for the gift of baking!
Be a Team Member - Volunteers from all walks of life share a desire to follow Christ’s admonition in Matthew 25:36, “I was in prison, and you visited me.”
Be a Ministry Financial Donor - All activities are funded by donations. You may either pay online or send a check to Kairos Prison Ministry International.
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