Helping Broken People
Put Their Lives Back Together
I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me. ISV
Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. NIV
The Need for Yard Pastors
CALIFORNIA PRISON POPULATION
The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration with 2.3 million people currently in the nation’s prisons or jails – a 500% increase over the past 30 years. The prison environment is a dark place, where prisoners face violence, anger, gangs and loneliness. According to a 2012 report by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, more than 65 percent of those released from California’s prison system return within three years. Statistics have shown that when the prison Chapels are open a significant amount of the time making Christian programming available to the inmates, those inmates who become involved in these programs have only a 12-17% chance of returning to prison when released.
Something must be done!
Warehousing criminals won’t “fix” them any more than storing your broken TV in the garage will make it work again in five years. They need to change. With upwards of 5000 inmates in a prison, State Chaplains average only 2 hours per week per prison yard in actual one-to-one ministry with inmates. A privately funded, full-time volunteer yard Pastor is desperately needed on each prison yard to “stand in the gap” on a daily basis and teach these men how to use the tools in Scripture to make good decisions that will result in productive citizens when they are released.
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What We Do
Conducting Sunday Worship Services
Supervising Prayer Meetings
Conducting Bible Studies
Discipling Christian Volunteers and Inmates
escorting and facilitating volunteer groups
helping with family death notifications
offering individual christian counseling
conducting baptisms and other pastoral functions
sponsoring the christian inmate advisory council
facilitating other prison ministry organizations
working with inmate chapel clerks
provide monthly statistical and praise reports
ABOUT PASTORS to PRISONERS
Pastors to Prisoners is a California non-profit organization providing ongoing financial support and discipleship to ordained or licensed ministers uniquely burdened and willing to work with the incarcerated as full-time volunteer yard pastors under the direction of state chaplains in prison facilities. The goal for inmates is spiritual freedom in prison and success in society.
ALL DONATIONS CAN HELP CHANGE A LIFE
Your donation will help provide for the monthly living expenses of a Yard Pastor so that he can be a full-time pastor on his designated prison yard. Each Yard Chapel should and can be a church, but each church needs a pastor.