Staff and volunteers go to the Olmsted County Jail and the Work Release Program each week to lead Bible studies and worship with the men and women at these sites. During these visits they share the good news of God's love, as well as a message of forgiveness, hope and salvation.
It is at the weekly Bible studies that many of Next Chapter Ministries' relationships begin, and the hope is that these relationships will continue long after release. During Bible Studies, the individual needs of the prisoners are addressed, and groups then gather in corporate prayer to lift these needs before the Lord.
As some of the prisoners transistion from jail to work release, and as relationships continue to grow, volunteers are available to pick the prisoners up and take them to further Bible studies and church services. This helps the inmates develop their faith and build a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
In an effort to stay connected with men and women in jail or prison, Next Chapter Ministries also publishes Next Chapter Notes, a quarterly newsletter for inmates. This resource provides encouragement to men and women in jail or prison, and offers a message of salvation.
Another way for volunteers to positively impact prisoners lives is by becoming a Pen Pal. These volunteers bring hope, compassion, and the gospel to a lonely prison environment. This is one way for people to interact with prisoners they cannot visit directly.