Love, Power, and Grace
So therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! -II Corinthians 5:17
The Prison Ministry Department of Zion Baptist Church is a comprehensive outreach spanning various areas of need. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the recidivism rate of offenders; to aid in the restoration of their lives through the infusion of intellectual, emotional and spiritual influence that is directed to help them discard harmful patterns and unhealthy attitudes, avoid addictive and destructive relationships and behavior, and become positive contributors to society; and to bring awareness to the local Church of our nation’s fastest growing population and their role in reaching those impacted by incarceration (offender, release, family, and the community).
The ministry’s primary focus is to equip individuals in the ministry and provide practical avenues to ex-offenders for re-entering society. In addition to on-site ministry, support groups conducted to afford men and women offenders a place to restructure their identity in an atmosphere of acceptance. It also provides an opportunity to share time with those who understand and care. Family support groups are open to all individuals who have family members or strong relationships with someone incarcerated.
This is truly the age for the church to step beyond its walls and offers not only hope through the Gospel, but some practical assistance to a word disabled by dysfunction. Locked beneath the trappings of addiction, prostitution, crime, and homelessness, in many cases, lie silent treasures waiting to be released. We must, as the Body of Christ, rise out of our comfortable setting and rescue these hidden deposits of greatness. Along with the mending power of the Gospel, we must point these lives in the direction of their destiny. As a result, they can return to their families as role models, to the church as a gift to the Body of Christ, and to the community as evidence of the love, power, and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.