Freedom Beyond Bars
The Freedom Beyond Bars Conference Committee used the LCMS Mercy Care Operations model for developing the content, theme, and objectives of the first conference in April. Prison-Jail Ministry is considered a ‘Spoke’ In The LCMS Mercy Care Operations ‘Wheel’. This conference was intended as a step in the direction of coordinating a TOTAL CARE PROGRAM to:
To develop stronger interrelationship with Prison/Jail Ministry and the larger Mission of the LCMS World Missions, LWML, LLL
To coordinate Ministry with Prisoners Families, Victims of Crime, Crime Prevention, Social Justice Issues, Institutional Staff Worker with LCMS World Relief and Human Care
To inform and share Prison-Jail Ministry consolidation efforts to all parts of church worldwide...
And to the community-at-large, especially as it pertains to church-related Seminary and University plans for the future.
To identify and implement a unified LCMS/Word/Sacrament, and a Law & Gospel-approach to connecting districts
To assist the LCMS Churches in addressing Criminal Justice Issues
And Circuit District-Region Programs, including the address of questions/concerns received from churches/servants across synod
To assist LCMS Churches in addressing Criminal Justice Issues by individual State, and Nation
To train, coordinate, recruit, and equip Prison-Jail Ministries
To identify and organize resolutions, displays, and publicity concerning Prison-Jail Ministries
To implement and update the Prison/Jail Ministry blog, website, and social media on a regular basis in order to keep everyone informed
To consolidate and maintain a Prison-Jail Ministry database
To expand the program (LCMS District D pastors, Circuit Leaders, teachers, Bible Class leaders, those 50+ individual Prison-Jail Ministries currently in existence immediately prior to conference, Department of Corrections leaders, educators, and politicians currently endorsing these efforts.
To implement and maintain a social network for Prison-Jail Ministry and regularly communicate and make available to all lay and clergy, information, updates, resources, etc.