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The PCA Model Really Works

The PCA model of prison ministry works so well because of the fruitful interaction between inside prison congregations and outside local congregations.
by Carol Porter, former PCA board chair The PCA model requires that each inside prison congregation is supported and visited by outside local congregations. The inside congrega… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/09/pca-model-really-works/

Donations For Miracles - A Holy Exchange

How is your [donated] money used? It’s used to perform a miracle Thursday night’s at 6:30 PM behind the walls of the South Dakota State Penitentiary. God meets us not only in the sacraments, but in another place, a promise. In Matthew’s gospel Jesus tell…
By Pastor Bob Chell, St. Dysmas of South Dakota How is our money used? It was an email or a note enclosed with a gift to our ministry, I can’t recall for certain. I do know I f… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/01/donations-miracles-holy-exchange/

Brothers in Blue

An awesome story is being told at the Church of the Damascus Road.
by Paul Paul E. Stone, Church of the Damascus Road On Oct. 6 - 9, 2016, we held one of our twice-a-year Brothers in Blue (BiB) weekends at the North Central Correctional Facili… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/10/brothers-blue/

Best-Laid Plans

When our best-laid plans do not go as we hope, God is there to pick up the pieces.
by Rev. Chris Flohr, Pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Missoula, Montana  On Sunday October 9th one of the Prison Congregations of America (PCA) congregations in Montana – Free… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/10/best-laid-plans/

The Harvest

The seasons overlap in prison ministry, and though the harvest is not always immediately evident, it is there.
  By Mary Mortenson, Director, Prison Congregations of America If you go south of Sioux Falls, South Dakota on I-29, you’ll drive by an elevator that is on the west side of … http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/10/harvest/

Reentry: The Next Step in Prison Ministry

Reentry programs are a vital component to a returning citizen’s successful reintegration into society. By involving yourself in a reentry program you express the love of Christ to a person who desperately needs to experience that love. Returning citizen…
by Rev. Wayne Gallipo, PCA Board Member “4 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from … http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/09/reentry-next-step-prison-ministry/

Changing the Face of the Church

I think a prison congregation looks like the Kingdom. I see the members interact and sometimes struggle together, and in spite of – or perhaps because of – their differences, I see them worship and pray and love and support one another and the larger wor…
By Mary Mortenson, Director of Prison Congregations of America   My mantra lately has been that the PCA Model of Prison Ministry is changing the face of the church - and the… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/09/changing-face-church/

A Pastor of Their Own

In a place where human beings have so little to call their own, PCA congregations are there solely for them. They are run by an inmate council, along with an outside council and the pastor is all theirs. The ownership that brings and the feeling of belo…
By Julie Thomas, PCA Administrative Assistant On a recent visit to the congregation of St. Dysmas in the South Dakota State Penitentiary, I found myself sitting next to a man w… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/08/pastor-their-own/

Out From Prison to Save the Church

So often we read the story [of the sending of the 70] and we think Jesus is sending the church out to save people in prison, but we forget that God might be sending people out from prison to save the church! “What is their task,” you might ask. What does …
by Rev. John Harrison, PCA board member In last Sunday’s gospel lesson, my church read the story of Jesus sending seventy people out two by two to go to every village around an… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/07/out-prison-save-church/

Jesus: A Model of Compassionate Love

Those of us who have a passion and calling for prison ministry are led by the Holy Spirit and are willing to be Jesus’ hands and feet. Nothing brings me more joy than to be the bearer of Good News, to bring freedom to the captives. For believers today the…
By Pamela Deacon-Joyner, PCA board member One way or another, the imprint of Jesus is on all our lives and there is a flood of images that have influenced each generation. Who … http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/06/jesus-model-compassionate-love/

Jigsaw Puzzle

When we work with one another from a position of love and respect, grounded in all being loved by the God who created us all, it’s like a jigsaw puzzle: all the pieces look different, seemingly only able to exist on their own, but with a little maneuveri…
By Mary Mortenson, Director Prison Congregations of America   Now that we’ve been engaged in this blog exercise for a few months, I would like to thank Julie Thomas, our Adm… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/06/jigsaw-puzzle/

Converging on grace

In prison ministry, as in the stories of Flannery O'Connor, grace unfolds in unexpected ways.
by Eric Sponheim, former board member Memorial Day began in the aftermath of the Civil War, in local observances and in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery called Decorat… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/05/converging-grace/