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Kairos is now active in the London Correctional Facility (London, Ohio) Weekends in Spring and Fall

Kairos Prison Ministry International

Are you willing to be a team member?

Kairos Ministry in Ohio

Does Kairos make a difference?

What is Kairos?

Responsibilities of Kairos Team Members

Kairos is national and international

The Mission of Kairos


Would You Consider And Pray About Being A Team Member For A Kairos Prison Ministry Renewal Weekend?

Kairos Weekends Start Thursday Evening and end Sunday Evening ~
Lebanon Correctional Institution - Spring and Fall
Marion Correctional Institution - Spring and Fall
Ohio Reformatory for Women at Marysville - Spring and Fall
Ross Correctional Institution at Chillicothe - Summer and Winter
Trumbull Correctional Institution at Warren - Summer and Winter

Kairos Weekends Need a Team Of 55 People (Including 7 Clergy) To Serve 42 Resident Participants.

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Kairos Ministry In Ohio

There are 5 Ohio prisons where the Kairos 3-day "short course in Christianity" is provided twice per year. At the end of 2000, 21 weekends will have been conducted at Lebanon Correctional Institution, 14 weekends at Ohio Reformatory for Women, 8 weekends at Marion Correctional Institution and one weekend at Ross Correctional Institution. A total of 1,840 residents will have completed Kairos weekends at the end of 2000.

The officers of Kairos, Ohio District, are communicating with wardens and chaplains of other correctional institutions to offer the Kairos prison ministry. Please pray that other institutions would open to receive this ministry and that more Kairos volunteers would come forth to serve at additional institutions.

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Does the Kairos Ministry Really Make a Difference?

The wardens and chaplains at the five Ohio institutions where Kairos Weekends are provided have very positive opinions about the Kairos Ministry. One positive is that Kairos volunteers keep coming back to the institutions month after month and year after year. This provides continuity in the ministry and builds security for the Kairos participants, because they witness the continuing support of volunteers. Another positive is that the Kairos program follows National Kairos Manuals , so the chaplains and supervisors know what to expect in every facet of the ministry.

The wardens have reported improvements in the whole prison living environment due to the positive influence of residents that are in the Kairos program. Attendance at Sunday church services has increased. Many residents who are active in the Kairos program have become committed disciples of Jesus Christ.

South Carolina Department of Corrections did an in- house recidivism study on those who had been through the Kairos program. They found that Kairos experience brought a drop in recidivism rates from 36% to 26% when compared to their control group. Fewer of the Kairos men and women returned to prison within three years; fewer by 10 percentage points which is a 28% improvement from the norm.

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What is Kairos?

Kairos is an ecumenical Christian ministry designed for use in men's and women's correctional institutions. The ministry is conducted, in cooperation with chaplains of correctional institutions, by teams of laity and clergy who are qualified by their experiences in Christian renewal movements.

The mission of Kairos is to help build and nurture strong Christian communities among the residents of correctional institutions. The Kairos experience for residents starts with a 3-day short course in Christianity. This weekend involves 42 inmates screened by the Chaplain and a team of 55 lay and clergy persons. The weekend is modeled after renewal weekends like Cursub, Cum Cbristo, Emmaus Walk and Via De Christo.

After their Kairos weekend, residents continue their faith walk by participating in small Prayer and Share Groups. These groups meet weekly to share their lives on a deep spiritual level and to pray for one another. Kairos participants also attend monthly reunions in the institution with Kairos volunteers. Kairos volunteers conduct two spiritual retreats per year for residents who have made a Kairos weekend.

Ohio District also conducts Kairos Outside Weekends for female loved ones of incarcerated men. These are Christian renewal weekends, designed by the national Kairos ministry.

Ohio District also conducts Kairos Torch Weekends inside male state prisons. Torch is designed for the youngest inmates.

"I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me."
Matthew 25:36

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Responsibilities of Kairos Team Members

o 8 Saturday morning team meetings
o Provide 200 dozen home-baked cookies for Kairos Weekend (ask church members, friends and family to help bake) Each weekend needs 10,000 dozen cookies.
o 3 day Kairos Weekend
o Attend monthly reunions of Kairos "graduates" at the institution for one year. Reunions are held Sunday afternoons or evenings or weekday evenings.

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Kairos is National And International

The Kairos prison ministry is active in 26 states, England, Australia and South Africa. The ministry is active in 175 prisons. Almost 100,000 incarcerated men and women have been introduced to the Christian community of Kairos. The current rate of residents being introduced to Kairos is 12,000 per year.

Connections Between Kairos in Ohio and Church Denominations and Established Christian Renewal Movements
People are considered for service in the Kairos prison ministry if they have completed one of the following Christian renewal weekends:
o Episcopal Cursillo (or Happening Youth Weekend)
o Catholic Cursillo
o Walk to Emmaus (or Chrysalis Youth Weekend)
o Lutheran Via De Christo
o Cum Christo
o Tres Dies
o Koinonia
The Ohio District of Kairos has signed
Ecumenical Agreements with a number of
denominations to secure their endorsement
and support (Roman Catholic, Lutheran,
United Methodist, Episcopal).

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About the Mission Of Kairos

The mission of Kairos is to help grow and nurture strong Christian communities within correctional institutions.

Through a systematic structured program, God helps Kairos volunteers provide residents the opportunity to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and/or to renew that relationship-starting with the 3-day Kairos "short course in Christianity." During the weekend and subsequent follow-up spiritual growth activities facilitated by Kairos volunteers and prison chaplains, residents are challenged to accept God's call to a life of Christian witness and service to one another and to staff during their stay in the institution and beyond.

As the mission of Kairos is accomplished in an institution, there is a positive impact on the total environment of the institution.

For more information:

Visit web site for Kairos Ohio District

Kairos National Prison Ministry web site

Order Kairos Video On Both Sides of the
Wall from Ohio District Office ($10)

Information for this web-page was taken from, "Kairos Volunteer Recruiting Brochure, 4th Printing-Nov. 2000"

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