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Institute for Prison Ministries

The Institute for Prison Ministries supports the evangelism and discipling efforts of correctional ministries nationwide by providing them with training and resources.


With Christmas upon us, opportunities to share Jesus with friends and family are all around us. But when sharing the gospel, we need to do so with sensitivity and integrity. The Billy Graham Center for Evangelism has created a training series, Speaking the Story at Christmas, to help Christians share their faith in varioius contexts. See the entire series here >>

Below, Dr. Karen Swanson, Director of the Institute for Prison Ministries, explains why those who have been abused may not find the holidays happy and how we can ask spiritually-related questions that may open up faith conversations. 


About the Institute for Prison Ministries

Vision: Believers providing competent correctional ministry that further the Gospel

Mission: Serve as a Christian Correctional Training and Resource center

The Institute for Prison Ministries (IPM), a department of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, began as a result of the vision of Charles Colson and Kenneth Wessner. In 1984, through the generosity of Kenneth and Norma Wessner and a longtime business partner, the Institute for Prison Ministries was established. The Charles W. Colson Scholarship was added in 1986.

The School for Correctional Ministries (SCM) equips professionals and volunteers who serve in jails, prisons, and reentry for effective ministry through the church.

Answering the Call is an in-prison evangelism training seminar for Christ-followers to live focused lives of witness and discipleship.

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