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Koinonia House National Ministries
A Critical National Concern
The need for biblical and whole-life discipleship among ex-prisoners is becoming increasingly acute. Prisons are overcrowded and new ones continue to be built as a means of “solution” to the increasing crime and recidivism (return t o prison) rates.
Did you know that each year nearly 700,000 of the approximately 2.4 million individuals incarcerated in the department of corrections throughout the United States are released back into society? It is estimated that 10 percent, or 70,000 of those are Christians!
Koinonia House® National Ministries’ (KHNM) position is that we as a body of Christ (the Church) have a moral and biblical responsibility to meet these Christian neighbors at the prison gate and provide effective biblical and whole life discipleship for them. Only Jesus Christ can permanently break the cycle of crime in an individual’s life and restore that person to family, friends and community.
In order for that to happen, the Church must be equipped to meet these Christian neighbors at the prison gate with a comprehensive whole-life biblical plan. When ex-prisoners are released, they often possess no support group, no belongings and no place to live. Therefore, it is important that these Christian neighbors are met at the prison gate and taken into a safe, nurturing Christian family setting that will teach them how to apply biblical principles to their life. Just as our own families are designed as a primary means of nurture and admonition, so the biblical family through the context of the local church can serve.
What KHNM is Doing About it
“The Mission of Koinonia House® National Ministries (KHNM) is to equip the local church to receive Christian inmates released from prison to be integrated into the Church, the workplace, and society through biblical discipleship”
There are two primary avenues through which KHNM seeks to assure that Christian neighbors coming out of prison are met at the prison gate: assist churches, groups or individuals in setting up a post-prison ministry discipleship home for Christians coming out of prison; equipping local churches to prepare to receive a Christian neighbor – matching at least one ex-prisoner to one local church.
Both of these avenues require an important training component. Therefore KHNM has adopted and adapted the biblical teachings of many noted Christian thinkers, teachers, preachers and scholars such as Dr. Tony Evans, Dr. Erwin Lutzer, A.W. Tozer and others into a comprehensive training program. Further, KHNM has over 16 years of experience to draw on consisting of many failures and a few successes, which have also contributed toward the culmination of an effective core curriculum for both Christian neighbors and the local church.
The KHNM ministry model focuses on five key life elements for Christian neighbors regardless of whether or not they are part of the home-based model or the Meet Me at the Gate® mode. Those five foundational elements are: Christian family home/modeling, Biblical discipleship, connectivity to a local church, provision of two mentors/accountability partners (life skills and financial), and suitable employment.
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