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Congregational Tool Box for Prison Ministry

Congregational Tool Box for Prison Ministry

by Betsey Heavner
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Clergy & Laity Discipleship

One in every 136 U. S. residents is imprisoned, according to 2005 statistics.

"As Christians, we are challenged by the grace of God that offers good news to all sinners, and by Jesus' words to forgive, to judge not, and to restore right relationships with other people," writes Heavner in this timely resource.

The Congregational Tool Box for Prison Ministry offers practical guidance in setting up a ministry that can nurture hope, healing, and transformation. The contributors give an overview of criminal justice issues to help prepare you to the harsh realities.You'll find ideas, lists, some background material and applicable ideas for starting and increasing your congregation's ministry in prisons.You may read from start to finish or go directly to a section that relates to your congregation's current exploration.

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Betsey Heavner is the director of Congregational Leader Formation at the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, Nashville, TN. A deacon in the Northwest Texas Conference, Betsey is the author of *Living the Faith: What Every Teacher Needs to Know,** *Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation: Pastor-Parish Relations, 2001-2004** (Cokesbury, 2000), and *The FaithQuest Leader's Guide.** Betsey acts as coordinator and writer for the Congregational Leaders website. In addition, she has written devotions for *The Upper Room Disciplines** as well as other articles and newsletters. She is a certified Minister of Christian Education and has served as Director of Spiritual Leader Development in the Northwest Texas Conference and as Christian Education Director in a local congregation.

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