Prison Ministry: Understanding Prison Culture Inside and Out

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For most Christians, prison culture is like visiting a foreign land, and the thought of ministering in prisons to those incarcerated is an intimidating prospect. Prison Ministry will empower any pastor, educator, or lay leader in doing effective prison ministry by providing a thorough “inside-out” view of prison life. Author Lennie Spitale offers a unique and qualifying vantage for writing about prison culture and prison ministry. As a young man, Spitale served a prison sentence for an armed robbery that was ...

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Overview

For most Christians, prison culture is like visiting a foreign land, and the thought of ministering in prisons to those incarcerated is an intimidating prospect. Prison Ministry will empower any pastor, educator, or lay leader in doing effective prison ministry by providing a thorough “inside-out” view of prison life. Author Lennie Spitale offers a unique and qualifying vantage for writing about prison culture and prison ministry. As a young man, Spitale served a prison sentence for an armed robbery that was later reduced to assault and robbery. Two years after his conversion to Christianity, he began conducting a weekly Bible study in a local jail and has been involved in prison ministry for more than two decades.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780805424836
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/15/2002
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 950,454
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments xv
Part I Feelings
1 The Big Hurt 3
2 Time Won't Let Me 13
3 Born to Be Wild 22
4 One Against the World 31
5 All Alone Am I 40
6 The Emotion of Anger and the Role of the Father 45
7 Sleeping with the Enemy 60
Part II Perspectives
8 It's a Small World after All 71
9 Nowhere to Run 79
10 The Culture of Hardness 88
11 Life in a Cage 94
12 Unwritten Code of Ethics 99
13 You Can Depend on Me 107
14 Yesterday 113
15 The Same Ol' Same Ol' 119
Part III Dynamics
16 Institutionalization 127
17 Workin' for the Man 134
18 The Great Equalizer 143
19 Hearts Behind the Mask 151
20 I Dream of Jeannie 157
21 Economics 168
22 Old Friends 176
23 The Intimacy of Forgiveness 180
Part IV Engaging the Culture
24 The Spiritual Climate of Prisons and Jails 189
25 Smiley-Faced Christians 199
26 Getting Started 203
27 Dos and Don'ts 215
28 Conducting an In-Prison Bible Study or Service 226
29 Cell-to-Cell Ministry 241
30 The One-Year Rule 251
31 Stitches in Time 259
Endnotes 269
Glossary 281
Prison Ministries and Resources 286
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