Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Michael C Whittington
Disciple, Discipleship, Inmate, Prison, Prisoners, Transitioning
Christianity | Ethics in Religion | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Weathers, Joyce, "Connecting the Church Beyond Prison Ministry: Transitioning the Discipled Prisoner into a Discipleship Community" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1710.
The prison population in the United States surpasses all other countries on a per capita basis. The number of released inmates, who return to prison (recidivism) is staggering. In-prison Christian discipleship programs have successfully transitioned parolees into the free world, but little research has been done to confirm a standard practice for the transition process. Theories abound from clergy and laity alike; yet apathy and fear remain persistent deterrents. The church is confronted with a biblical mandate to assist the incarcerated (Matt. 25:36) and to make disciples (Matt. 28:19). By addressing the current concerns of church and prison ministry leaders, as well as, the concerns of incarcerated disciples, the implementation of a focused transition process can be achieved. Ultimately, discipled releasee’s will quickly become productive citizens and the Christian community will have proven methods to provide successful transitioning.