2017–2019 Mission Grant 20
Prison and Jail Ministry Synod-wide Conference in 2018
One of the largest needs in Prison and Jail Ministry is not only the offering of Word and Sacrament ministry to those incarcerated, but also in assisting the person when he or she returns to the community. The Prison and Jail Ministry Conference enables over 200 lay and clergy participants from 30 of our LCMS districts to learn about the importance of prison and jail ministry as well as networking with one another for best practices and support of each other in a very difficult mission and ministry. A number of LCMS districts are already doing, or are starting up a Prison and Jail Ministry, and a Synod-wide conference will allow these to continue and expand as changes and new developments continue in the federal and state criminal justice systems. Grant funds would help pay for the expenses involved in hosting a conference.
WHEREAS, Christ in His Holy Word has charged us to reach out to those in prison in Matthew 25:36, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me., and we are told in Hebrews 13:3a Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them...; and
WHEREAS, Synod agreed in Convention in July 2013 to have a prison and jail ministry coordinator in each of our 37 districts, either volunteer or compensated, for the purpose of researching opportunities, training, providing guidelines, equipping congregations, and networking for prison and jail ministry; and
WHEREAS, The Lutheran Women's Missionary League funded the first two Synod-wide Prison and Jail Ministry Conferences, which enabled over 200 lay and clergy participants from 30 of our LCMS districts to learn about the importance of prison and jail ministry, network with one another for best practices and support each other; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the delegates gathered at the 2017 Lutheran Women's Missionary League Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, vote the sum of $36,500 to help fund the Prison and Jail Ministry Conference throughout Synod for 2018.