Congregational Tool Box for Prison Ministry

by Betsey Heavner, Pat Dunbar, Harmon Wray. Discipleship Resources, 2007.


This article addresses reasons for congregations to become involved with outreach to prisoners from a perspective of restorative justice.


leadership development for building a prison ministry team, ways to engage with prison ministry, discussion of the growing prison population

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Engage with prison ministry or criminal justice work by using this article as a guide throughout the process.
  • Consider if your congregation is ready to engage in criminial justice work after reading this.

About the Contributor

Melissa Spas

Melissa Spas is the managing director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, where she develops and leads educational programs and partnerships with religious organizations and the people who lead them. She has also worked for leadership education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions. 

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