Changing Lives. Transforming Hearts. Impacting the World.
Kairos Prison Ministry International is a Christian faith-based ministry that addresses the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women, youth and their families by sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
One Ministry. Three Programs.
Kairos Torch is a mentoring program for incarcerated youth age 25 and under.
Over 70% of incarcerated youth have one or more parents who are also incarcerated. Through Kairos Torch, youth participants can begin to realize their God-given potential through the mentoring of a mature, Christian volunteer, breaking the cycle of crime.
The Kairos Torch program begins with a Weekend retreat in the youth detention center or correctional facility, creating a safe place for youthful offenders to begin making constructive life choices and establishing positive relationships.
Kairos Inside seeks to develop Christian community within the confines of prison.
It all begins with a 3 1/2 day weekend of presentations, discussions and chapel meditations with Kairos volunteers. Subsequently, the “Prayer and Share” groups meet weekly and are supported by monthly renewal sessions with the returning Kairos volunteers. As the Kairos Christian community inside a prison grows and begins to gain influence, the incidence of violence decreases. In a study of 505 inmates released from Florida prisons, the recidivism rate was reduced by half for Kairos Graduates, dropping as low as 10%.
Families of those in prison often “do time” right along with their loved ones. Kairos Outside lets them know they’re not alone.
The Kairos Outside Weekend is a 2 ½ day program presented in small “family” groups and interspersed with talks by volunteers, music, prayer, and fun activities. The weekend is designed to lessen the pain caused by separation from the one inside and the judgment of others from their community.
After the Weekend, the families journey together through SWAP (Share, Witness, Account & Pray) and Reunion meetings with Kairos support volunteers, allowing them to grow in their Christian faith and become active members of the Kairos Outside community.
Thinking of volunteering with Kairos?
There are many opportunities to serve in Kairos Prison Ministry. Volunteers come from all walks and strata of life.
- Be a Prayer Partner on Tuesdays – All activities are covered with prayer. You can be a part of that prayer effort every Tuesday at 1:30 pm EST.
- Be a Ministry Financial Donor – All Kairos activities are funded by donations.
- Be a Support Volunteer – Each Kairos retreat weekend has opportunities for outside volunteer support, such as baking cookies, creating artwork (agape) or preparing meals.
- For more information on Kairos Ministry visit their website, www.kairosprisonministry.org
- For more local opportunities or information about Kairos Ministry/Florida, call: Scott @ 727-475-9765