Christian volunteers throughout the United States serve in prison ministry in differing capacities. Some preach during services in chapels; some mentor individuals; others are part of a team which provides transitional programs. One such program is called “The Authentic Christian Man,” which is a Christian discipleship initiative staffed by volunteers at the men’s prison in Concord, New Hampshire in collaboration with the Calumet Halfway House in Manchester, New Hampshire. This inmate program involves a weekly meeting series for three months in the spring and fall, involving teaching and small group conversation. Increasingly, there have been former inmates being released into the Calumet Halfway House. Many former inmates help out at Makeover Ministry and attend 1269 Café, both ministries of Manchester. These men are challenged with the hurdles of adjusting to reconnecting with families, finding work, and establishing homes. In the course of many conversations with these men, the need for a coaching process and Christian evangelism became apparent, which was very timely in these transitional circumstances, reflecting an existing deep need.
The purpose of this ministry project is to draw upon prison ministry experience and to apply transformational, lifeforming coaching with former inmates at the Calumet Halfway House. This ministry project will emphasize the importance of a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and the advantages of fellowship in a church body. The approach to evangelism will be encouraging, not arm-twisting. This ministry project will determine the effectiveness of applying a coaching experience with newly released inmates through the use of a coaching and case study method. The overall aim is that former inmate will become proactive and have a fighting chance to embrace a fulfilling life according to their dreams.
|Advisor:||Jumper, Mark A.|
|Commitee:||Nice, Lawrence W.|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-A 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Evangelism, Halfway houses, Life coaching, Rehabilitation|
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