Leading our church in Gospel ministry to prisoners and their families

According to the PCA Book of Church Order, it is often expedient that the Session of a church should select and appoint godly men and women of the congregation to assist the deacons in caring for the sick, the widows, the orphans, the prisoners, and others who may be in any distress or need. The Prison Ministry Committee serves under the auspices of the Outreach Ministry Team of FPCC.  It is our work to humbly love and disciple members of the household of faith in prison and their families, and facilitate their return as loving mature persons to families, the Christian community, and society.

The mission of the Prison Ministry Committee is multifold:

1. To be accountable for all funds budgeted for prison ministry.

2. To help our church disciple Christian prisoners, members of the household of faith. We want to be part of a God-fearing community of believers coming alongside these brothers and sisters in love. We seek them and disciple them in the truths of the reformed faith because there is so much false teaching and weak theology passed off as true religion in prison. Many prisoners have become expert in the language of Christianity, but lack understanding and substance behind it.

3. To support the work of the Community Mentoring Ministries at Walker State Prison and The Next Door.

4. To encourage a liberality of mercy within FPCC when it comes to prison ministry.

5. To assist FPCC members desiring to become involved in our prison ministry or desiring to become involved with other prison ministries in our community with which we share common purposes and values.

6. To help our church be a body that will care for the families of Christian prisoners until they are reunited.

7. To help our church facilitate the transition of believers from prison to family, church, work and society.

8. To be a resource for our church’s leadership in connection to ministry to our church members who are incarcerated or who have family/friends incarcerated.

9. To be a resource for the Deacons or any other FPCC ministry when they are faced with matters pertaining to prison ministry.

More about this Ministry (Men and women ministering to prisoners and their families)

CONTACT: Alan Bonderud – arbonderud@gmail.com, 423-903-3700

WHERE: First Presbyterian Church, Tower Room 404

WHEN: Meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, at 5:00 P.M.

WHO: Men and women desiring to make the invisible God visible in peoples’ lives

WHY: We are worshippers and disciple makers.  It is WHO we are.  It is WHAT we do.