Texico Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Prison Ministry Mission Statement
The Texico Conference prison ministry leadership team, we would like to extend to each of you – a hearty ‘Thank You’ (in advance), for your interest in prison ministry through the Texico Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Our motto is quite simple: ‘Each One Reach One.’ In our sincere effort to do our part in making this motto a reality in our ministry, the following guidelines are prayerfully submitted. This is not an exhaustive list, yet each item listed is a necessary element in each jail or prison facility we visit. These guidelines and requirements pertain to those involved in prison and/or jail ministry within, or through, the Texico Conference of Seventh-day Adventist.
Our number one overall goal is to help each incarcerated person develop a personal and practical ‘life transforming’ relationship with Jesus Christ. We will share the Word of God with as many inmates as we are allowed. It is our prayer that through the Holy Spirit, the teachings of the Bible will help each person gain a knowledge of the truth in God’s Word. We believe that as this knowledge is applied to one's life, he or she will experience transformation; this transformation results in freedom from a life of crime, alcoholism, illicit drug dependency and any other destructive habits, attitudes or mindset.
Volunteer Facility Procedures
- All volunteers will at “no time” denigrate, denounce, or speak negatively of any other faith or religion within any facility wherein we serve as a volunteer.
- All volunteers “must at all times” obey, and respect all security rules and requests of the facility where you are approved to volunteer.
- All volunteers “must at no” time transport any materials, into or out of a facility without the approval of the head of security, or chaplain of that particular facility (including letters, notes or any correspondence).
- All volunteers “must at no” time establish any personal relationship with any inmates at that facility.
- All volunteers “must at no time” have any personal communications with any inmates in that facility outside of the time of your volunteer service.
- Volunteers will not be allowed to place any phone calls, emails, U.S. Postal Service, or any other form of communication for an inmate regardless of the reasons expressed by that inmate. If such a request is made, you are required to notify the chaplain or the officer on duty at that facility, giving them the name of inmate making such request.
- Volunteers will not be allowed to have communications with any inmate’s family members, friends, and or associates. Volunteers will be required to notify the chaplain or the officer on duty at that facility if they are contacted by any of the above.
- All volunteers will inform the chaplain or the officer on duty at the facility, if they personally know an inmate in the facility where they are volunteering. This reporting includes, but is not limited to a former neighbor, a relative, or anyone that you may have known before the inmate was incarcerated.
In conclusion, it is very important for all volunteers in jail and prison ministry through the Texico Conference to understand that to serve as a volunteer in any facility is a privilege that must be respected and all rules and regulations adhered to in order for this privilege to be maintained. Violation of any security or facility rules and regulations, can result in the loss of your volunteer privilege to serve in any facility you may be approved to enter. Loss of this privilege can result in inmates possibly not receiving the gospel. Our goal should always have Jesus first and foremost of the prison ministry.
Thank you for your desire to serve in this capacity. May God bless you!
Contact the Prison Ministry Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew 25:35-40: " ' for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.'
Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'"