Following Jesus is foundational to who we are and what we’re about. One of the places he’s led us is prison. After all, it is there that we visit Jesus himself (Matthew 25:36). Our Under the Door arm of the ministry reaches out to current inmates, while our Inside-Out Connections addresses the missed connection between ex-offenders and congregations. Each of these ministries has its own specific focus, but they work together to achieve our overall mission of bringing hope and help to current and former inmates by connecting them to God, each other, and the local church. Check us out at underthedoor.org!
Our passion is to be a visible, viable, valuable alternative to the current way of doing prison and ex-offender ministry. Our ministry has four main components:
- Praying with inmates as we distribute our Spiritual Survival Guide for Prison & Beyond at Stateville Prison.
- Inside-Out Connection Group – a weekly small group Bible study/support group exclusively for formerly incarcerated men.
- Pen Pal Ministry – correspondence with current prisoners, providing needed encouragement and hope.
- RED (Re-Entry Directory) Chicago – a resource for “returning citizens,” which connects them with local services and aid, and provides guidance for a successful re-entry and transition into the next phase of life.
Prison ministry plays a crucial role in the breaking through of God’s Kingdom into this world. All of the above-mentioned programs have volunteer opportunities available! If you have questions, would like more information, or are interested in getting involved in our prison and re-entry ministries, please contact Ben Blobaum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 224-392-1834.
“…I was in prison, and you came to me.”
The Bible tells the most important story ever told, but it’s not always easy to read. So we’ve started a two-session discussion focused on exploring the Bible. We discuss the big story, try out some tools that help us make sense of it, and find ways to connect God’s big story to our own stories. No experience reading the Bible necessary for participation! We do this three or four times a year. Questions? Email Peter Schwich!
There’s always great stuff happening on the Northwest Side of Chicago. The Portage Park Neighborhood Association keeps a calendar of community events on their website. It’s full of great opportunities to love the neighborhood and meet neighbors. There’s no reason to be bored when you live here!
In response to zero public demand, our church planter started sharing his thoughts on Medium! (Note: His thoughts are rare, and his blog posts slightly rarer.)