Kairos at Craggy Correctional is part of Kairos Prison Ministry International (KPMI). KPMI is a Christian, lay-led, ecumenical, volunteer, international prison ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ's love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals and to their families. Kairos consists of three programs: the Men's and Women's Ministry (Kairos Inside), begun in 1976, Kairos Outside, begun in 1991, and Kairos Torch, begun in 1997.
A Community spiritually freed from the effects of imprisonment reaching all impacted by incarceration, through the love, hope, and faith found in Jesus Christ.
The mission of Kairos at Craggy Prison Ministry is to share 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 Men's and Women's Kairos Inside Prison Ministry addresses the spiritual needs of prisoners. Kairos volunteers go into prisons in teams of 30 to 40 to pray, share the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, share meals, and fellowship with the incarcerated on a one-to-one basis. The first visit is a three-day event, during which time the team teaches a short introductory course on Christianity. Subsequent visits are monthly 2 hour evening reunions with the prisoners which occur over a twelve-month period as well as a weekly meeting with the inmates for "Prayer and Share".
Kairos Outside provides Christian based spiritual healing to families of the incarcerated who often feel that they too are "doing time." Spouses, and other female relatives and friends of prisoners meet with teams of Kairos volunteers to share their faith and gain strength from Christian community.
Kairos Torch serves youthful offenders. This Christian Based Prison Ministry is designed to help the most rapidly growing segment of the prison system. Kairos Torch has developed due to the fact that, to be successful, ministry to our youth (13 to 19 years of age) needs to have a very different tone than our methods directed toward adult offenders.
A community spiritually freed from the effects of imprisonment reaching all impacted by incarceration, through the love, hope and faith found in Jesus Christ.
The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share 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.
Kairos Prison Ministry Core Values guide our behavior and actions as a board, staff, and volunteers.
Lay led, Christ centered Ministry
We are Christians who believe in the Holy Trinity and honor and live the teachings of the Bible and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We conduct the ministry while inviting all to attend as Guests or Participants in Weekends and program-specific follow‐on activities to build Christian Community.
Empowerment while Building Accountability
While we empower the local volunteers to conduct the prison ministry, we are accountable to excellence and performance at the highest standards and authority of the ministry. We empower Guests or Participants to be accountable for their lives and be transformed by Jesus Christ.
Continuing Ministry Model to Build Community
We believe in the importance of enabling relationships to build community, thus our model includes the Weekend experience, followed by Guests or Participants gathering regularly for accountability, support and prayer. The full complement of the well‐defined returning model is necessary for the community to prosper.
We believe that we must be honest and truthful in our personal conduct as we represent the ministry consistently and with integrity. We are obedient to God in everything we do and obedient to the guidelines of the Kairos ministry programs.
Respect and Love
We believe in respecting each person with dignity while modeling Christ love. We practice ‘Listen, Listen, Love, Love.’
We believe that we must be good stewards of our ministry’s programs, funds and resources, as well as our personal time, talent and treasures.
The people of Kairos are called by God to share the love of Christ with those impacted by incarceration. Kairos encourages believers from a variety of Christian traditions to be volunteers in this Christ-filled ministry. Kairos programs offer to prison residents, their families, and those who work with them the opportunity to receive God’s forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ, and to grow in their faith and servant hood in Christian community. We stand on the common ground of the following elements of faith:
We in Kairos believe
The Bible is God’s authoritative and inspired word for our faith and our lives. In the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the deity, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Friendship with God is a free gift, for God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. The love of Jesus Christ motivates His followers to provide food for the hungry, drink to the thirsty, welcome to the stranger, clothes for the naked and visits to the sick and those in prison. In sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ with all incarcerated individuals, their families and to those who work with them inside and outside the correctional institution.
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