Welcome to the second edition of the Spiritual Survival Guide for Prison and Beyond. It's exactly what it sounds like, a tool that engenders hope, nourishes prisoners' faith, strengthens their relationships with Jesus, and is a helpful aid to discovering a positive new self. It deals with questions inmates often ask, as well as the questions they're afraid to ask. Written by Pastor Fred Nelson, the Spiritual Survival Guide was originally developed by Redeemer Church, Park Ridge, Illinois, for their Under the Door Prison Ministry at Stateville Prison in Joliet, IL.
ION has undertaken a special project, using a survey to gather information about what's happening in reentry in local churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques. The aim is to discover what models and approaches are working well (and why) and what's not working so well (and why not). When we have sufficient input, we'll gather what we're learning into an Effective Reentry Ministry for Ordinary Congregations. Our hope is that this how-to guide will help those faith communities that want to engage intentionally in ministry with and to returning citizens but need some ideas about how to get started.