FAQS

 
 
 
 

Can you explain what your ministry does?

Kairos Prison Ministry International (Kairos) 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, Kairos is changing hearts, transforming lives and impacting the world.

LEARN MORE: About Kairos Prison Ministry

How can I volunteer?

We need your help as a volunteer, and there are many opportunities for you to serve in Kairos Prison Ministry! Find out about the many volunteer opportunities that are available, then find out where we are currently serving. Click on your state or country for more information on their programs, and what prisons/institutions they are serving. If you have additional questions, please fill out our Contact Us form for more information.

Where do you minister?

We are currently serving in 37 U.S. states and 9 countries, in over 400 men, women and youth correctional facilities. Please visit our WHERE WE SERVE page to see the specific locations in Nebraska

Can my incarcerated relative attend a Kairos Inside Weekend?

It is up to the Chaplain of each prison where a Kairos Weekend is held to determine which inmates will participate. The incarcerated person should contact their Chaplain to ask about attending Kairos.

 What is Kairos Prison Ministry International? Kairos is a Christian, volunteer, lay-led, ecumenical, international prison ministry, in which men and women volunteers bring Christ's love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals and to their families. Kairos consists of three programs: the Men's Inside and Women's Inside Ministries began in 1976, Kairos Outside began in 1991 and Kairos Torch began in 1997.

What is the history of Kairos Prison Ministry? Please visit the OUR HISTORY page for more information.

What does Kairos Prison Ministry do inside prisons? Kairos Inside addresses the spiritual needs of prisoners. Kairos volunteers go into prisons in teams of 30 to 40 to pray, share the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, share meals and fellowship with the incarcerated on a one-to-one basis. The first visit is a three-day event, during which time the team teaches a short introductory course on Christianity. Subsequent visits are monthly half-day reunions with the prisoners over a twelve-month period.  Please visit our KAIROS INSIDE page for more details.

Does Kairos Prison Ministry Operate outside prisons? Kairos Outside provides spiritual healing to families of the incarcerated, who often feel that they too are "doing time". Spouses, parents and other relatives of prisoners meet with teams of Kairos volunteers to share their faith and gain strength from Christian community.  Please visit our KAIROS OUTSIDE page for more details. 

How else does Kairos minister to incarcerated? Kairos Torch provides a ministry to youthful offenders, the most rapidly growing segment of the prison system. Because young people between the ages of 13 and 19 are generally housed in smaller institutions than adult offenders, smaller-sized teams participate in this ministry. Kairos Torch also provides mentoring for six months to one year after the initial Kairos Weekend.  Please visit our KAIROS TORCH page for more details

How does Kairos Prison Ministry impact those incarcerated or affected by incarceration? Kairos Prison Ministry affects our communities in many positive ways. Lives have been changed and former inmates return to our communities as more responsible and less violent citizens. Former inmates become better spouses, parents, employees or volunteers and give back to society. Tax payers benefit!

How committed are our Kairos volunteers? In 2014, Kairos volunteers donated over 3 million volunteer hours to the various departments of corrections here and abroad. If you multiply 3 million times the minimum wage in the USA of $7.25 per hour, our ministry donated over $22 million in volunteer time. Volunteers paid an additional $2 million for supplies, bringing the total donation to $24 million.

How many weekend events does Kairos conduct? In 2014 we held 629 Weekend programs in 309 ministry sites: 504 Kairos Weekends, 102 Kairos Outside Weekends and 23 Torch Weekends. The remaining volunteer time was spent in pre-Weekend and post-Weekend trainings and activities.

How does Kairos Prison Ministry affect the lives of volunteers? The program also has a very favorable effect upon volunteers. Many volunteers acknowledge that the team training, with its emphasis on introspection, honesty, sharing and community, enhances their spirituality. Kairos Prison Ministry serves our communities and reduces the number of victims by changing inmate lives. Mary of the inmates who participate in the entire Kairos program return to our communities as better and less violent citizens, thereby making our neighborhoods safer.

What do Corrections staff members think of Kairos Prison Ministry? Kairos programs have gained the respect of the correctional system too. In a study of 505 inmates released from Florida prisons, the recidivism rate was 15.7% among those who had participated in one Kairos session, and 10% among those who had participated in two or more Kairos sessions. The non-Kairos control group in the study had a recidivism rate of 23.4%.

Does Kairos Prison Ministry save money for taxpayers? The savings to the taxpayer are substantial. As one former prisoner put it: "It cost the government about $1,000,000 to try me and to imprison me for several years, but a $100 program keeps me out".