The following is the text from my bulletin insert. I am designing a series of weekly inserts to help me better explain the Wesleyan Way of Discipleship. You can download a pdf of this insert at the end of blog.
This week, you are encouraged to ask a church member the following:
Have you ever visited with someone in prison? If so, what was it like and how did it make you feel?
Perhaps one of the most overlooked of ministries in which a local church can engage is ministries with those that are in prison.
I have to admit, that this has never been a priority in my ministry. I did not know where to start and, in some ways, it was a scary ministry to ponder. However, there are numerous groups that do engage in such ministries-Kairos being one of which I am aware. We are situated in a community with a prison. As a matter of fact, within easy driving distance, there are several prisons or regional jails.
Prisoners face the social stigma that comes from being incarcerated. For some, the love of Christ might be a distant memory—if they have ever encountered and experienced at all. Somehow, we must find ways to keep these men and women, not just is our prayers, but also in our active ministry zones.
As I ponder this mission field, I think we would to well to consider:
I am just a simple United Methodist pastor. I am an elder in the Holston Annual Conference. This blog is my attempt to share the insights that I have gathered from John Wesley's writings and from others more knowledgable than myself in regards to Wesley. I am not a scholar. Perhaps you could best think of me as a practical theologian.