COR3710EN - Sharing Your Faith with Offenders

Course description

This course addresses the similarities of one's faith with that of others. It also stresses the importance of listening to other individual's stories as well as sharing your own story that is similar to theirs. The students share each other's stories of faith and write a short verbatim using some of the tools they shall develop in the form of an acronym.

How this course benefits students

In the field of chaplaincy it is important to be able to meet a client where they are according to their faith tradition. It is through the sharing of one's faith that will achieve successfully meeting a client where they are. This course helps prepare the learners in the role of a chaplain to share their faith ethically, that is to say, without imposing on a client's faith tradition. In correctional facilities there are multiple cultures that consist of many different religions. From the perspective of the nation's professional prison chaplains, in 2012, America's state penitentiaries are a bustle of religious activity. More than seven-in-ten (73%) state prison chaplains say that efforts by inmates to proselytize or convert other inmates are either very common (31%) or somewhat common (43%). About three-quarters of the chaplains say that a lot (26%) or some (51%) religious switching occurs among inmates in the prisons where they work. Chaplains share their faith to offer Christ not to force Christ. The offenders must be allowed to chose for themselves.

Why this course is important

Sharing one's faith often adheres to a person's spiritual need.

Credit hours
3 hours
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Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course is based on a biblical worldview. We shall adhere to Romans 1:17 “For therein is the righteousness of God Revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” It is when we share our faith that the righteousness of God is revealed.

Missionally driven

In correctional facilities the offenders' faith is often tested. This is when student that are volunteers, laymen, and chaplains are obligated to share their faith so that God's righteousness is revealed in order that others may see and begin to share their faith with others.

Contextually informed

This class pertains to informing the students the part of ministry that involves sharing their story of faith with offenders in order to help restore, strengthen, or begin their faith in God.

Interculturally focused

There is a diversity of cultures that exist throughout the world, likewise, there are cultural diversities inside communities within correctional facilities as well. This course takes a closer look at how an outreach ministry focuses on the ethical praxis of sharing one's faith with incarcerated offenders that are from different cultures. The theological, social, and practical aspects of one's faith is also focused on from a multicultural perspective.

Practically minded

This course also focuses on the importance of sharing faith with an offender. It instructs the students in further understanding its usefulness while ministering to offenders in correctional facilities. Through discussion and developing methods in sharing one's faith allows the students to develop the ability to share the gospel effectively.

Experientially transformed

This course provides the students with concepts and methodologies (theology of faith and key dynamics) pertaining to sharing faith with offenders. Students bring their verbatims to the table for discussion and learning and return to practicing sharing their faith with the benefit of that learning experience.