Vision, Mission, Core Values and Statement of Faith
A community spiritually freed from the effects of imprisonment reaching all impacted by incarceration, through the love, hope and faith found in Jesus Christ.
The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.
Kairos Prison Ministry Core Values guide our behavior and actions as a board, staff, and volunteers:
Lay led, Christ centered Ministry
We are Christians who believe in the Holy Trinity and honor and live the teachings of the Bible and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We conduct the ministry while inviting all to attend as Guests or Participants in Weekends and program-specific follow-on activities to build Christian community.
Empowerment while Building Accountability
While we empower the local volunteers to conduct the ministry, we are accountable to excellence and performance at the highest standards and authority of the ministry. We empower Guests or Participants to be accountable for their lives and be transformed by Jesus Christ.
Continuing Ministry Model to Build Community
We believe in the importance of enabling relationships to build community, thus our model includes the Weekend experience, followed by Guests or Participants gathering regularly for accountability, support and prayer. The full complement of the well-defined returning model is necessary for the community to prosper.
We believe that we must be honest and truthful in our personal conduct as we represent the ministry consistently and with integrity. We are obedient to God in everything we do and obedient to the guidelines of the Kairos ministry programs.
Respect and Love
We believe in respecting each person with dignity while modeling Christ love. We practice 'Listen, Listen, Love, Love.'
We believe that we must be good stewards of our ministry's programs, funds and resources, as well as our personal time, talent and treasures.
The Kairos Inside program strategy brings positive and negative leaders of the institution together for a 3 Yi-day Weekend of carefully coordinated talks, discussions, chapel meditations, and music led by a same-gender team of volunteers. The Kairos program concept is to build the Christian community inside the institution where the Kairos Community prays and fellowships together on a regular basis. These "Prayer and Share" Groups meet weekly. In addition, each month the free-world Kairos community returns for a "Reunion" of the entire Kairos community.
Kairos Outside is conducted outside the walls of correctional institutions. Kairos Outside is a special Weekend retreat designed to support the female relatives/friends of the men and women who are or have been incarcerated. Families "do time" right along with their incarcerated relatives/friends. In a safe environment with loving people, women interact with women who are in similar situations and learn to form small groups to give them strength for the challenges they face.
Kairos Torch offers unconditional love and acceptance, encouraging young men and women to share their life journey through participation in a long-term mentoring process. The program begins with a Weekend retreat in the prison. Torch team members commit to a weekly mentoring process with the youthful offenders for six months after the Weekend.