Religious Program VolunteerOrientation: Captain Baldwin & Chaplain NicholsMinistry Training: Chaplain NicholsPlease Sign In & Fill Out Attendance Form
Introductions • Session Leaders: • Captain Baldwin • Dr. Pace • CJM Chaplain • Orientation Participants Handout Materials: Agenda Slides Shown Jail Inmate Characteristics HCDC Volunteer/Outside Agency Staff Handbook HCDC Volunteer/Outside Agency Staff Agreement CJM Confidentiality Policy
Why a Required Orientation? • HCDC leadership: • wants all HCDC programs (including religious services) to be of the highest quality • wants all HCDC volunteers to fully understand the HCDC environment so that they can function safely and effectively • Formal training/orientation appears to be the best way to ensure these goals are met
Agenda • HCDC Ops & Procedures - Captain Baldwin • Chaplain Nichols • HCDC Religious Programs/Volunteer Activities • Ministry to Prisoners
Orientation & Ministry Training • Quarterly Opportunities • Basic orientation • Required for all • HCDC religious volunteers • Ministry training • Other by special arrangement
HCDC Policy & Procedure J-900 (Religious Services) • We will go cover this document thoroughly. • You have a copy & can see the exact statements in it. • Overall Policy & Procedure (pp. 1-2): • - inmate religious preference honored & respected • - inmate religious program participation is voluntary • - religious programs/ministerial visitation allowed to the fullest extent possible consistent with HCDC security and administrative concerns
HCDC Policy & Procedure J-900 (Religious Services) -- continued • Role of CJM Chaplains (pp. 2-3): • - CJM Chaplains report to Director of Corrections • - Responsibilities: • minister to HCDC personnel, inmates, & families • lead religious programs (plan, develop, admin) • manage religious volunteers • create community awareness of HCDC programs
Chaplain Assistant • Lay person with specified leadership responsibilities • Functions under CJM Lead Chaplain • Requires at least a year involvement with CJM • Appointed for a year, but renewable without limit • At present, one for males • Our previous female Chaplain Assistant resigned to focus her efforts on a missions activity in China
HCDC Policy & Procedure J-900 (Religious Services) -- continued • Chaplain Volunteer Management responsibilities (p. 3): • - determine number/kinds of volunteers needed • - recruit/screen prospective volunteers • - orient volunteers & train them as needed • - supervise volunteers (& “fire” them if required) • Being a HCDC religious volunteer is a privilege (vice right) • HCDC Director of Corrections is the final authority about religious programs at HCDC
HCDC Policy & Procedure J-900 (Religious Services) -- continued • Religious Program Visits (p. 4): • - Clergy Non-Contact Visits • - Contact Visits: • Restricted to Clergy and Volunteers with HCDC security clearance • Volunteer participation in religious programs at HCDC require HCDC security clearance • Security clearance means Upper Control has a “face card” for the religious program volunteer
HCDC Policy & Procedure J-900 (Religious Services) -- continued • HCDC Security Clearance for Religious Program Volunteers • - Application: get from & return to a CJM chaplain (pp. 4-5) • - Special Status for temporary (up to 6 weeks) activities • (requires specific info & signed Principles of Conduct) • - Regular Status (pp. 5-6) • requires orientation plus HCDC & CJM approval
Principles of ConductJ-900 pp. 6-8 • Follow the Rules. • All religious programs at HCDC must comply fully with both the letter and the spirit of HCDC regulations. HCDC has many security, legal, and practical concerns which those involved in religious programs only partially understand, and, in some cases, may not understand at all. In any case, it must be recognized that HCDC policies and regulations reflect these concerns and those involved in religious programs at HCDC must comply fully, if they are to retain the privilege of ministering at HCDC.
Principles of ConductJ-900 pp. 6-8 (continued) • Don’t criticize HCDC or religious groups to inmates. • Those involved in religious programs at HCDC should never criticize HCDC, its policies, or rules to inmates. If it is believed that problems exist or that changes are needed, these should be discussed with one of the Chaplains. If discussion with one of the Chaplains does not lead to an acceptable resolution of the situation, then it should be discussed with HCDC administrative leadership. • Those involved in religious programs at HCDC should refrain from criticism to inmates of other religious groups. The place for emphasizing a denomination or church’s distinctive doctrines or the practices of one’s particular group is outside the correctional institution, not inside HCDC. Inside HCDC the emphasis must be on turning men and women from evil to good. Proselytizing and disparaging religions is prohibited.
Principles of ConductJ-900 pp. 6-8 (continued) • Be dependable • Those who minister at HCDC must be dependable. They must perform their ministry at the assigned time (including adhering to the stipulated closing time). They should arrive at the HCDC Upper Control at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time. In those cases where circumstances prevent performance of a scheduled activity, notice must be given at least 24 hours before the scheduled activity so that a substitute activity may be provided, if appropriate. In giving such notice the volunteer should talk directly to one of the Chaplains or leave a message on the CJM telephone [410-997-0253] and talk directly to the Deputy Director at HCDC. It is very bad for morale, and has a negative impact on other parts of the program, when expected activities are not held.
Principles of ConductJ-900 pp. 6-8 (continued) • Report completely. • Activity reports must be completed in full for each religious activity/program conducted inside HCDC and turned-in to one of the Chaplains or the Correctional Officer in Upper Control upon completion of the activity. These reports are used to compile data necessary for issuing reports as to the level of activities within HCDC to various parts of the Howard County government and others. Habitual failure to submit fully completed activity reports can result in the loss of ministerial privileges at HCDC.
Principles of ConductJ-900 pp. 6-8 (continued) • Nothing for inmates without permission • Do not give an inmate anything (other than a religious tract or typed/photocopied lesson plan) without explicit permission from one of the Chaplains or from the Shift Leader in the absence of a Chaplain. • No unconditional promises • Do not make unconditional promises to inmates. Always reserve the right to do otherwise if circumstances warrant. It is very important to be careful about your promises. Do not make them lightly. Demonstrate your faithfulness and help the inmates increase their faith.
Principles of ConductJ-900 pp. 6-8 (continued) • No medical or legal advice. • As a religious volunteer, you are not at HCDC to be a lawyer or a doctor. You are at HCDC to help people spiritually. Do not offer advice about the inmate’s legal or medical situation.
Specific Ministry GuidelinesJ-900 pp. 8-10 • The guidelines describe notification requirements and normal limits on numbers of volunteers permitted in various activities. • Exceptions to these guidelines require: • explicit permission from one of the HCDC Chaplains • and • authorization from the HCDC administration
Specific Ministry GuidelinesSunday Worship Services(J-900 p. 8)Sunday afternoon:Men – in chapel; Women – in library • Ten (10) or fewer in the group providing the service • More than this number in the group requires special permission • Submit a list of names to Chaplain Nichols at least 3 days in advance Identify any individual who has previously been incarcerated. Failure to comply with this procedure can result in loss of ministerial privilege at HCDC for the church/group.
HCDC Sunday Worship Services SundayMen’s ServicesWomen’s Services 1st Chaplain Nichols Chapelgate Presbyterian & Rivers Edge Community Church 2nd Community Baptist Mt. Pisgah AME 3rd Carney AoG Carney AoG 4th Rotation Churches Community Baptist 5th Gideons Gideons Auxillary
Specific Ministry GuidelinesINS Worship Services(J-900 p. 8) Wednesday Nights INS worship services are led only by individuals who have Regular (continuing) Religious Volunteer Status; there may be up to two visitors participating in such a service who have Special (temporary) Religious Volunteer Status. Led by Rev. Walter Rodriguez
Specific Ministry GuidelinesBible Studies(J-900 p. 9) Bible Studies: New Believers’ Class; Christian 12-Step; Christian Video; Discipleship/General Class; Small Groups including CJM Poetry Program Classes are led only by individuals who have Regular (continuing) Religious Volunteer Status; there may be up to two visitors participating in such a class who have Special (temporary) Religious Volunteer Status. No more than three religious volunteers should participate in a class without special permission from one of the Chaplains and the HCDC administration. Rev. Jorge Fonseca Spanish 1-1 & Bible classes
Specific Ministry GuidelinesOne-on-One Discipleship Program(J-900 p. 9) One-on-One (1-1) Discipleship Program sessions are restricted to inmates and their assigned religious volunteer who have been specifically approved, in writing, by one of the Chaplains for this program. Sessions are led by individuals who have Regular Religious Volunteer Status; there may one visitor attending such a session who has either Regular Status or Special Status for introductory/training purposes.
Specific Ministry GuidelinesPastoral Counseling(J-900 pp. 9-10) One-on-One sessions by Chaplains, Two-on-One sessions by Chaplain & wife, One-on-One sessions by clergy with Regular Clearance Only the Chaplains, their wives, & approved clergy are eligible for this ministry.
Specific Ministry GuidelinesLiterature Distribution/Ice Breaking (J-900 p. 10) Christian Literature Distribution is done by individuals who have Regular Status; there may one visitor who has either Regular Status or Special Status accompanying the regular volunteer for introductory/training purposes. Ice Breaking is performed by individuals who have Regular Status; there may one visitor who has either Regular Status or Special Status who is accompanying the regular volunteer for introductory/training purposes An inmate view of those who come to housing areas
Specific Ministry GuidelinesSpecial Events (J-900 p. 10) • Special Events: Choirs, Handbell Choirs, Drama Teams, Bands, etc. • HCDC Admin determine arrangements case-by-case • Up to 30 individuals may be involved in a special event • Group must notify the chaplain 2 weeks in advance of any members who have been incarcerated • [HCDC Admin will determine their participation]
HCDC Religious Programs Overview Goal: to have all religious programs work together to provide maximum benefit for inmates & their families How: help everyone to see how his or her activities fit into the total program Basis: all in HCDC religious programs are committed to serving God and the well-being of inmates & their families
HCDC Religious Programs Overview (continued) Topics: Group Activities Individual Activities Other Activities Inside HCDC Related Activities Outside HCDC Focus: What & How to help most
HCDC Religious Programs Group Activities WHAT: Sunday Worship Services, new believer classes, Bible classes, Christian 12-step programs, Christian videos, other groups such as CJM poetry program, & special programs Most inmates have several (3-5) group opportunities per week. Encourage inmates to participate fully in these so that they can be kept motivated and make sustained progress.
HCDC Religious Programs Individual Activities What: Bible correspondence courses, pastoral counseling, one-on-one discipleship, Christian literature Constructive use of time by inmates is important. Individual activities have many side benefits: • improved reading skills (literature & Bible courses) • more self-understanding & better self-control
HCDC Religious Programs Other Activities Inside HCDC What: secular rehabilitation efforts (such as substance abuse & education programs) can help and inmates should be encouraged to use them to help themselves Development of self-discipline and good habits (such as maintaining a self-study schedule -- instead of wasting hour after hour in idleness) will help prepare an inmate for success upon return to society
HCDC Religious Programs Related Activities Outside HCDC What: • grading inmate Bible correspondence lessons • toiletries for indigent inmates • assisting former inmates and their families establish a viable and sustained church connection • Christmas items and school supplies for inmate children • increasing community awareness about ministry to prisoners and their families • PR/fund raising, helping with CJM annual banquet, etc.
Christian Jail Ministry (CJM)(see CJM brochure & CJM website: www.christianjailministry.org) History: started 1979 Board (pastors, vols, HCDC leaders) Philosophy: based upon Christ’s power to change help for all community based & responsible Support: solely by contributions from - several dozen area churches - few civic groups & businesses
Christian Jail Ministry, Inc. (CJM)Organizational Chart CJM Board Other Committees: Fund Raising/PR, Chaplain Compensation, Ad Hoc After Care Committee Lead Chaplain Other CJM Chaplains & Volunteers After Care Program Notes: The CJM Lead Chaplain provides executive direction for all CJM activities. CJM After Care Program collaborates with Mid-Maryland Baptist Association Care Now Program.
Churches/Groups Involved with CJM Church/Group Providing Financial Support in Recent Years Bethany Lane Baptist Bethel Baptist Bethel Korean Presbyterian English Ministry Chapelgate Presbyterian Christ Episcopal Christ Memorial Presbyterian Columbia Baptist Fellowship Community Baptist Covenant Baptist & VBS Covenant Community Church Crossroads Assembly of God Crossroads Church of the Nazarene Don Coward Evangelistic Association Elkridge Baptist First Baptist Church of Guilford First Baptist Church of Savage First Christian Community First Presbyterian Church of Howard County Friendship Baptist Church Gethsemane Baptist Glen Mar UMC God’s Trucking Ministry Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Grace Chapel Grace Community Church Kittamaqundi Community, Inc. Liberty Baptist London Village Baptist Chapel Long Reach Church of God/Celebration Church Mid-Maryland Baptist Assn Mr. Hebron Baptist Mt. Pisgah AME Mt. Zion UMC (Highland) Presbytery of Baltimore Rivers Edge Community Church Rockland UMC Sandy Spring Monthly Mtg -- Friends South Columbia Baptist St. James UMC Wildwood Baptist Clarksville Lions Club Columbia Foundation Columbia Town Ctr/Elkridge Rotary
Churches Involved with CJM (cont’d) Churches Providing Social Help Christmas items for inmate childrenr: Bethel Korean Presbyterian Chapelgate Presbyterian Christ Memorial Presbyterian Community Baptist Covenant Baptist Liberty Baptist Long Reach Church of God Mt. Zion UMC (Highland) Christmas items for inmates: Covenant Baptist The Gideons Toiletries for Indigent Inmates: Antioch Temple Church of God in Christ Grace Community Glen Mar UMC Churches Providing Facilities Bethel Baptist (Bible course grading office & 2000 volunteer dinner) Chapelgate Presbyterian (1998/02/04 volunteer dinners) Christ Episcopal (office space 2001-2002) Christ Memorial Presbyterian (committee mtgs) Community Baptist Church (1999 volunteer dinner) Covenant Baptist (counseling space) Glen Mar UMC (1997/2001/2003 volunteer dinners) Grace Community (monthly training sessions) Mid-Maryland Baptist Association (committee mtgs) Mt. Zion UMC (1998/1999/2001/2002 concerts & committee meetings)
Churches Involved at HCDC Churches Involved as Church Groups Sunday Services/Bible Classes/Special Programs Alleluias Bethel Baptist Carney Assembly of God Chapelgate Presbyterian Community Baptist Covenant Baptist First Baptist of Savage Gethsemane Baptist Gideons Grace Community Long Reach Church of God/Celebration Church Mid-Maryland Baptist Association Mt. Pisgah AME Mt. Zion UMC Rivers Edge Community South Columbia Baptist Westminster Rescue Mission Churches Providing Significant Numbers of Individuals in CJM Programs All Saints Chapel (Episcopal) Bethel Baptist Chapelgate Presbyterian Christ Memorial Presbyterian Columbia Community Community Baptist Covenant Baptist Crossroads Church of the Nazarene Elkridge Baptist Friendship Baptist Gethsemane Baptist Glen Mar UMC Grace Community Hope Baptist Liberty Baptist Long Reach Church of God/Celebration Church Mt. Pisgah AME Mt. Zion UMC Rivers Edge Community South Columbia Baptist Groups Coordinated by CJM but not formally part of CJM Ministry:Muslim Imam, Catholic Services,Group led by Mr. Davis: 1st Baptist (Guilford), Gospel Tabernacle Baptist, Mt. Hebron Baptist, & New Revelation Baptist
Conclusions HCDC religious programs are important and have a significant impact on inmates. This orientation should help you to understand the current environment at HCDC and equip you to function effectively with it. .
Jail Ministry Training Provided by: Christian Jail Ministry, Inc. P. O. Box 2050 Ellicott City, MD 21041 (410) 997-0253
Topics • The Local Church & Ministry to Prisoners • Conversion, Rehabilitation, Discipleship, & Follow-up • Inmates & What to Expect from Them • Problems & Concerns in Ministering to: • Inmates, Their Families, and • Correctional Institution Staff Members • Conclusion
Primary Missions of the Local Church • Worship • Fellowship • Training • Outreach • Evangelism • “Edification” of society (all dimensions of help) • Missions: local, national, abroad
Challenges for the Local Church • Finding time & resources for ministry to prisoners in view of the many other areas competing for the time & resources of the church and its people • Prioritization of ministry to prisoners: • Area inmate families and releasees (i.e., former inmates) • Area inmates (jail and/or prison) • Others: • Support activities (e.g., Bible societies, literature sources) • Distant ministries to prisoners
Opportunities for the Local Church to Minister to Prisoners • Praying (Hebrews 13:3) • Visiting Prisoners (Matthew 25:36) • As an individual • As part of a church endeavor • In cooperation with a prisoner ministry organization • Ministering to Inmate Families & Releasees • Supporting Prisoner Ministry Organizations • Calling for Social Justice (locally, state-wide, nationally, worldwide)
Praying for Prisoners & Ministries to Them • General Needs for All Prisoners • Right relationship with God • Safety, health, and wholesome emotional state • Well-being of their families • Special Needs for Christian Inmates • Fellowship • Service (i.e., ministering to others) • Needs of Ministries to Prisoners • Wisdom • Resources (people, funds, facilities, etc.) • Encouragement & strength CJM website as means of staying informed about needs
Visiting Prisoners • As an individual • Many institutions restrict this kind of ministry except for participation in established programs at the institution • As part of a church endeavor • Special, “one time” events like a Christmas program • Regular worship services, Bible classes, etc. • As part of the institution’s rehabilitation programs (e.g., literacy training) • In cooperation with a prisoner ministry organization (CJM is such as organization and illustrates the many ways that a person can be involved)
Illustrative Roles in Ministry to Prisoners Administrative/facilities help: - clerical - phone coverage - receptionist - secretarial - maintenance - website help Bible teaching team Bible lesson grading Church liaison Counseling Discipleship training “Follow-up” Fund raising “Ice breaking” Literature distribution Mentor Music (group or individual, vocal or instrumental) Public Relations (PR) Showing videos Transportation Worship services
Ministering to Inmate Families & Releasees • Potential Problems • “Cultural” differences re worship style (music, dress, activities, etc.) They may uncomfortable with the congregation and vice versa • Congregation may not know how to help people with complex needs • Food, clothing, shelter, joblessness, no transportation, and legal problems (such as lack of birth certificates, medical records, etc. for children) • Geography and lack of public transportation may limit help • Suggestions • Get training and guidance (from CJM or similar organization) • Assign particular individuals to mentor/help/work with these people • Expect failures as well as successes
Supporting Prisoner Ministry Organizations • Financial Support (through overall church budget, special offerings, from groups within the church, or by encouragement of contributions from the church’s members) • Unrestricted gifts to the organization’s general fund • Designated gifts for particular projects • Gifts of equipment and other items • Facilities Support • “One time” use of church facilities (e.g., CJM dinner at Glen Mar UM) • Continuing use of church facilities (e.g., Bible grading at Bethel Baptist & training session at Grace Community) • People (encouraging church groups such as a choir and individuals)
Calling for Social Justice • Churches and their people should set examples of the highest ethical standards and behavior (Matthew 5: 13 & 16) • Organizations ministering to prisoners must choose: • To minister as pastors and evangelists (CJM’s choice) • To minister as prophets calling for reform [Normally an organization can not have unrestricted access to a correctional institution if that organization is too involved in calling upon society and its criminal justice institutions to mend their ways. There are many complications -- e.g., IRS tax exempt status may be denied groups to heavily involved in “lobbying.”] • Churches may be led to support both kinds of activities
Body Soul Spirit The Nature of Man Body: physical Soul: personality - intellect - emotions - will Spirit: key to eternity Scriptures sometimes describe man as: - unity (Acts 27:37) - bipartite (Matthew 10:28) - tripartite (I Thess. 5:23)