When someone who was incarcerated returns to the community, it’s hard to overcome the many challenges of starting over. Prison Ministry has created a training course, “Mentoring a Returning Citizen” which provides excellent information and guidance for church members who have a desire to help someone rebuild their life after they’ve been set free.
Below are resources to assist in ministering to those released from prison. More resources, including Recovery Bible studies and a life skills course called "Facing Freedom," can be found on the Institutional Ministries (IM) website.
Guidelines for Dealing with Sexual Offenders - These guidelines give thoughtful guidance for congregations who want to keep members safe, obey the laws and rules that govern probation, and minister with Word and Sacrament to people convicted of sexual offenses.
Water of Life - View the list of modules and lessons, as well as two sample teacher guides and student lessons from the Water of Life Bible study.
|Water of Life module list||Download|
|Sample - Water of Life: Forgiving vs. Trusting (leader guide)||Download|
|Sample - Water of Life: Forgiving vs. Trusting (student guide)||Download|
|Sample - Water of Life: Who is Jesus? (teacher guide)||Download|
|Sample - Water of Life: Who is Jesus? (student guide)||Download|
|Congregational Guidelines for Dealing with Sexual Offenders||Download|
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