The incarceration rate in America is the highest in the world. Statistics reveal that nearly 8% of the national population is behind bars. While the United States represents about 5% of the world's population, it houses around 25% of the world's prisoners. The “church behind bars” is both a reality and an opportunity.
What does it look like to equip believers both in prison and those working with currently or formerly incarcerated people to effectively evangelize and disciple? How can we train up all those in corrections to play their God-ordained role in restoring lives to their full potential?
The BGCE, through its Institute for Prison Ministries, is committed to providing information, resources, and research for those impacted by crime and incarceration (including families, ex-offenders, ministry volunteers, professionals, and correctional officers).