This course is an overview that looks at correctional ministries in general. Students address the ministerial factors of leadership that ministers must address within a correctional facility. How to facilitate the different kinds of ministries even if they are not a part of their own religious belief system are discussed. Ways to invite, not force, Christian beliefs to those that are seeking a religious belief and how to maintain respect for other religious belief systems are also discussed.
This course, in the field of correctional chaplaincy, of leading a correctional ministry is offered in order to teach the way to facilitate correctional ministries. In correctional facilities there are numerous ministries and volunteers of those ministries. It is the chaplains responsibility to facilitate those different kinds of religious ministries. It is this course’s objective to teach the value of servitude and leadership. It has been said that everything inmates do but sleep is a part of what chaplains oversee. The leadership skills of a chaplain includes providing emotional and spiritual guidance to inmates and staff each day.
The necessity for skilled chaplains in correctional ministries is ever increasing.
This course is based on a biblical worldview. We shall adhere to Ephesians 4:12, “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the *body of Christ.”
It is this course's missional purpose to provide students (laymen, volunteers, and clergy) with leadership skills that allow them to facilitate a correctional ministry. It gives them the ability to personally lead worship services and therefore become advocates of Christ's ministry here on earth.
Through the diversity of resources available to the students, and the interaction with their peers and instructors, they develop a deeper understanding of the demographics and social skills involved in leading correctional ministries.
A focus on the multicultural diversity that is present facing leaders of ministries within correctional facilities is offered to students in this course. It provides a deeper understanding of the ethical challenges that a minister/volunteer/chaplain encounters in leading correctional ministries.
This course gives students the practical tools and insights that they need to make a difference in leading ministries within correctional facilities.
This course not only focuses on the ideas and concepts that are taught, but also gives students the opportunity to apply them as volunteers, laymen, or clergy leading correctional ministries.