You Consider And Pray About Being A Team Member For A Kairos Prison
Ministry Renewal Weekend?
Start Thursday Evening and end Sunday Evening ~
Lebanon Correctional Institution - Spring and Fall
Marion Correctional Institution - Spring and Fall
Ohio Reformatory for Women at Marysville - Spring and Fall
Ross Correctional Institution at Chillicothe - Summer and Winter
Trumbull Correctional Institution at Warren - Summer and Winter
Need a Team Of 55 People (Including 7 Clergy) To Serve 42 Resident
Ministry In Ohio
There are 5 Ohio
prisons where the Kairos 3-day "short course in Christianity"
is provided twice per year. At the end of 2000, 21 weekends will
have been conducted at Lebanon Correctional Institution, 14 weekends
at Ohio Reformatory for Women, 8 weekends at Marion Correctional
Institution and one weekend at Ross Correctional Institution. A
total of 1,840 residents will have completed Kairos weekends at
the end of 2000.
The officers of
Kairos, Ohio District, are communicating with wardens and chaplains
of other correctional institutions to offer the Kairos prison ministry.
Please pray that other institutions would open to receive this ministry
and that more Kairos volunteers would come forth to serve at additional
the Kairos Ministry Really Make a Difference?
The wardens and
chaplains at the five Ohio institutions where Kairos Weekends are
provided have very positive opinions about the Kairos Ministry.
One positive is that Kairos volunteers keep coming back to the institutions
month after month and year after year. This provides continuity
in the ministry and builds security for the Kairos participants,
because they witness the continuing support of volunteers. Another
positive is that the Kairos program follows National Kairos Manuals
, so the chaplains and supervisors know what to expect in every
facet of the ministry.
The wardens have
reported improvements in the whole prison living environment due
to the positive influence of residents that are in the Kairos program.
Attendance at Sunday church services has increased. Many residents
who are active in the Kairos program have become committed disciples
of Jesus Christ.
Department of Corrections did an in- house recidivism study on those
who had been through the Kairos program. They found that Kairos
experience brought a drop in recidivism rates from 36% to 26% when
compared to their control group. Fewer of the Kairos men and women
returned to prison within three years; fewer by 10 percentage points
which is a 28% improvement from the norm.
Kairos is an ecumenical
Christian ministry designed for use in men's and women's correctional
institutions. The ministry is conducted, in cooperation with chaplains
of correctional institutions, by teams of laity and clergy who are
qualified by their experiences in Christian renewal movements.
The mission of
Kairos is to help build and nurture strong Christian communities
among the residents of correctional institutions. The Kairos experience
for residents starts with a 3-day short course in Christianity.
This weekend involves 42 inmates screened by the Chaplain and a
team of 55 lay and clergy persons. The weekend is modeled after
renewal weekends like Cursub, Cum Cbristo, Emmaus Walk and Via De
After their Kairos
weekend, residents continue their faith walk by participating in
small Prayer and Share Groups. These groups meet weekly to share
their lives on a deep spiritual level and to pray for one another.
Kairos participants also attend monthly reunions in the institution
with Kairos volunteers. Kairos volunteers conduct two spiritual
retreats per year for residents who have made a Kairos weekend.
also conducts Kairos Outside Weekends for female loved ones of incarcerated
men. These are Christian renewal weekends, designed by the national
also conducts Kairos Torch Weekends inside male state prisons. Torch
is designed for the youngest inmates.
"I was naked
and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison
and you came to me."
of Kairos Team Members
o 8 Saturday morning
o Provide 200 dozen home-baked cookies for Kairos Weekend (ask church
members, friends and family to help bake) Each weekend needs 10,000
o 3 day Kairos Weekend
o Attend monthly reunions of Kairos "graduates" at the
institution for one year. Reunions are held Sunday afternoons or
evenings or weekday evenings.
is National And International
The Kairos prison
ministry is active in 26 states, England, Australia and South Africa.
The ministry is active in 175 prisons. Almost 100,000 incarcerated
men and women have been introduced to the Christian community of
Kairos. The current rate of residents being introduced to Kairos
is 12,000 per year.
Kairos in Ohio and Church Denominations and Established Christian
People are considered for service in the Kairos prison ministry
if they have completed one of the following Christian renewal weekends:
o Episcopal Cursillo (or Happening Youth Weekend)
o Catholic Cursillo
o Walk to Emmaus (or Chrysalis Youth Weekend)
o Lutheran Via De Christo
o Cum Christo
o Tres Dies
The Ohio District of Kairos has signed
Ecumenical Agreements with a number of
denominations to secure their endorsement
and support (Roman Catholic, Lutheran,
United Methodist, Episcopal).
the Mission Of Kairos
The mission of
Kairos is to help grow and nurture strong Christian communities
within correctional institutions.
Through a systematic
structured program, God helps Kairos volunteers provide residents
the opportunity to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and/or to
renew that relationship-starting with the 3-day Kairos "short
course in Christianity." During the weekend and subsequent
follow-up spiritual growth activities facilitated by Kairos volunteers
and prison chaplains, residents are challenged to accept God's call
to a life of Christian witness and service to one another and to
staff during their stay in the institution and beyond.
As the mission
of Kairos is accomplished in an institution, there is a positive
impact on the total environment of the institution.
For more information:
Visit web site
for Kairos Ohio District
Prison Ministry web site
Order Kairos Video
On Both Sides of the
Wall from Ohio District Office ($10)
this web-page was taken from, "Kairos Volunteer Recruiting
Brochure, 4th Printing-Nov. 2000"