The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities. Click here to join our mission.
Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (KPMI) is a Christian faith based ministry which addresses the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women, youth and, their families. By sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, Kairos hopes to change hearts, transform lives and impact the world. KPMI sprang from the Cursillo movement and is supported by volunteers from the 4th Day movements such as Cursillo, National Episcopal Cursillo, Presbyterian Cursillo, Lutheran Via de Cristo, The Upper Room's Walk To Emmaus, and independently ecumenical Tres Dias as well as volunteers from independent and non-denominational churches. As a ministry, Kairos embraces a diverse group of volunteers working together to fulfill Christ's call to action in Matthew 25:36.
KPMI is a ministry of the church ... a ministry of the apostles whom Jesus, the Christ, has called into community and sent forth into the environment of the correctional institution. KPMI has been called the best example of the early church in existence today.
Kairos Inside is composed of well-organized and well-trained volunteer teams of men and women from the communities surrounding an institution present an introductory 3-day weekend, described as a short course in Christianity. This inter-denominational team of volunteers - both clergy and laypersons - works in cooperation with the Chaplain who carefully selects up to 42 inmate leaders to attend. Well organized follow-up is part of this program.
The Kairos program incorporates curriculum designed to build and encourage pro-social character and behavior. Society spends over $60 billion/yr. to keep 2.3 million inmates incarcerated, whereas the Kairos program is offered at no cost to State and Federal Institutions. It's been said that it cost the government $1 million to keep "me" locked up and a $100 program from Kairos set "me" free.
The word, Kairos, is a Greek word meaning in God's Special Time or in the Fullness of Time indicating an opportunity for our participants and guests to re-consider their life choices - as hearts are changed, inmates begin to take responsibility for their actions - it's like a front row seat at a miracle - transforming lives and impacting the world.
"...I Was in Prison and You Visited Me" - Matthew 25:36
Kairos Prison weekends grew out of early attempts to launch movements in prisons similar to the three-day movements in the sacramental churches of the free-world. The ministry of Kairos was preceded by an ecumenical Emmaus/Cursillo tradition.
From this tradition a model was developed which could be presented in any prison without changing the content or format. It was aimed specifically at one environment: that of correctional institutions.
According to the Kairos method, at Neal we volunteer for two four-day weekends per year, one in April and another in October, where we go into the prison and spend four days getting to know forty-two incarcerated men and deliver them God's message of hope and love.
It's advantageous if team members, lay and clergy have had an Emmaus/Cursillo/Via de Cristo/Tres Dias experience. In addition, inside team members are asked to commit themselves to one year's participation. Much of the ministry is carried on as the team members return to strengthen the Kairos prison community.
At the Neal unit, the inside team is made up of men only. The outside team is made up of men and women. The inside and outside teams make up our weekend team. All team members attend the Closing, which is open to anyone invited by a team member and approved by the warden. Each 3-day lay Leader has applications for the closing, which must be cleared by the prison before attending the closing.
There is a tremendous need for new Kairos team members, both lay volunteers and clergy. Please prayerfully consider answering Christ's call to minister to those who are in prison. Kairos needs you.
Christ needs you!
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Neal Advisory Council
Neal Kairos Community,Just a quick note to say Merry Christmas to the entire Neal Kairos Community. Whether you have worked a Kairos recently or it has been awhile the ...
Posted Dec 9, 2016, 4:41 AM by Seth Trujillo
Hello Church!This Saturday is our monthly reunion. If you were a part of the previous weekend, or any weekend for that matter, please come show your support for this ...
Posted Nov 17, 2016, 9:18 PM by Seth Trujillo
Kairos Weekend 37 News
Reminder and Team Meeting 1/28
Neal Kairos Community, Yesterday God reminded me of why we serve in Kairos. A Kairos Graduate shared part of his story with me. He came into prison preaching and spewing hatred and separation. He had his Bible ready to throw it in the trash when He came to Kairos. God changed his life. God changed his outlook. And God changed his separation. He found his home at Prayer and Share with a table full of another skin color. These were people he would have never been around prior to meeting Christ. And these are the people God chose to make his community. These men bonded in Christ and are now discipline other men in the faith. I am looking forward ...
Posted by Seth Trujillo
Kairos 37 Info & Kairos 36 Reunion
Neal Kairos Community,Yesterday's team meeting went great. Ray Saavedra taught us about the mission of Kairos. Bryan Oliver showed us how a vision is seeing the end result of a mission as if it is already completed. The picture he created for us with his words was encouraging. It is a vision we can all get on board with. Several people shared their experience and wisdom. That's what is so great team meetings. New people are learning things for the first time. Kairos Veterans share their wisdom and experience. Those who have been on just a few Kairos weekends get to learn and share. It is such a blessing to be part of this community, no matter ...
Posted Jan 15, 2017, 4:35 PM by Seth Trujillo
1st Team Meeting/Slick Roads/Be Safe
Neal Kairos Community, Kairos 37 team meeting Tomorrow 7:45am 3508 NE 24th Ave Amarillo, TX 79107... Possible slick roads. Leave early. Be safe. Bundle up. Love, Seth
Posted Jan 13, 2017, 5:47 PM by Seth Trujillo
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Posted Dec 31, 2016, 1:43 PM by Seth Trujillo