Books to Help People Be More Effective in Prison Ministry

How Shall They Hear? Effective Preaching to Prisoners
Anthony Kelley maintains in this book that the church must be better-equipped, committed, and engaged in what has become in the twenty-first century the most serious challenge to the salvation and survival of people of color in America—African-American male incarceration. According to Anthony Kelley, preaching to prisoners is one of the most self-liberating experiences preachers themselves will experience.

Go to Jail: A Call to Christians
A pastor who started five jail churches in Arizona shares what he has learned about ministry to and with the Body of Christ behind bars.

Prisoners in the Bible
Each chapter explores the story of a person in the Bible who was imprisoned, showing how God has used people behind bars to advance His kingdom.

The Principles of Prison Ministry
Do you feel called to begin a prison ministry? This helpful manual will start you off on the right foot! Prison chaplain Seay provides practical tips to orient you to life behind bars. Discover how to apply as a volunteer, prepare a church service, discuss faith with people who hold different beliefs, and more. 133 pages, softcover from Xulon.

Prison Ministry: Understanding Prison Culture Inside and Out
By Lennie Spitale
For most Christians, prison culture is like visiting a foreign land, and the thought of ministering in prisons to those incarcerated is an intimidating prospect. Prison Ministry will empower any pastor, educator, or lay leader in doing effective prison ministry by providing a thorough "inside-out" view of prison life. Author Lennie Spitale offers a unique and qualifying vantage for writing about prison culture and prison ministry. As a young man, Spitale served a prison sentence for an armed robbery that was later reduced to assault and robbery. Two years after his conversion to Christianity, he began conducting a weekly Bible study in a local jail and has been involved in prison ministry for more than two decades.

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