Prison Congregations of America, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to collaborate with Christian denominations and prison officials so that prison congregations are established in state prisons across America.
Currently there are 31 prison congregations in 14 states, representing 9 denominations.
Belief Statement: In Matthew 25, Christ calls us to visit the imprisoned and promises that we will find Him there. In response to that, Prison Congregations of America believes in a congregational model that has a Christian denominational affiliation and organizational accountability and which promotes ecumenical outreach among its members. Once the congregation is established, the inmate members answer Christ’s call to welcome the stranger, as they host visitors from the outside at their worships services.
Goals within this Mission
Identify and create working relationships with Christian denominations and correctional systems to develop prison congregations.
Identify and promote working relationships with organizations related to prison ministry and corrections reform.
To provide specific training and help task forces as they work to establish congregations -- specifically membership organization, volunteer training, clergy training and financial development.
To provide ongoing support and guidance to congregations after their formation, serving as a national clearinghouse and "trouble-shooting" resource.
Be a clearinghouse for proven reentry models that are compatible with the PCA model of prison ministry.
Cultivate and expand a strong resource base from which to operate.
Prison Congregations Are Needed in America:
To respond to the Biblical command to "visit the imprisoned."
To provide American mainline congregations a viable means to effectively engage in ministry within prison walls.
To assist Christians, both lay and clergy, in sharing personal ministries of Christian love, care and nurture with prison inmates.
To allow Christian inmates a community of faith through which they might grow and share in their faith and be supported in Gospel evangelism.