Kairos Prison Ministry
The people of Kairos are called by God to share the love of Christ with those impacted by incarceration. Kairos is an ecumenical ministry that encourages Christians from various backgrounds to be volunteers in this Christ-filled ministry. Kairos programs offer to prison residents, their families, and those who work with them, the opportunity to receive God’s forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ, and to grow in their faith and servant hood through Christian community.
We stand on the common ground of the following elements of faith. We believe:
The Bible is God’s authoritative and inspired word for our faith and our lives.
In the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In the deity, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Friendship with God is a free gift, for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
The love of Jesus Christ motivates His followers to provide food for the hungry, drink to the thirsty, welcome to the stranger, clothes for the naked, and visits to the sick and those in prison (Matt 25:36).
In sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ with all incarcerated individuals, their families and to those who work with them inside and outside the correctional institution.
Statistics show that one out of every 147 Americans is in prison (Department of Justice Statistics, April 2000). The United States provides 5% of the world’s population, while having 25% of the world’s incarcerated population. The United States currently has more than two million incarcerated or under correctional supervision. Incarceration has become a $60 billion dollar a year industry. Studies have shown by attending and participating in faith-based activities, such as Kairos, the recidivism (inmates that return to prison after getting out) rate can be decreased from 66-88% to 14-20%. The prison administration supports Kairos since it is one of the most effective programs for inmates and does not cost the prison any money.
Kairos of San Diego thrives at Richard J Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) with the spiritual and financial support of the local Christian community, a dedicated council of lay-ministers and leaders, and the Warden and staff of the prison, assisted by the greater state and national Kairos organizations.