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TJM Training Center

Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.  

Proverbs 1:5 

Each year, Transforming Jail Ministries provides training and support for the individuals and teams who visit the men and women in jail.  Currently, three different training tracks exist:

1.  Adult Jail Chaplaincy Training/Meetings

2.  Worship Team Orientation/Meetings

3.  Clergy Contact Orientation


Adult Jail Chaplaincy (AJC)

The primary purpose of the AJC training is to evaluate and prepare those who have expressed interest in volunteering inside a jail setting. While class size is limited, anyone who is interested in attending the training--whether they intend to join the AJC team or not--is welcome to submit an application.  Details about the AJC training are below: 

  • Sample curriculum for the Adult Jail Chaplaincy Training includes:
  • The Role of a Chaplain
  • How to Deliver a Death Notification
  • Grief Intervention
  • Overview of the Criminal Justice System
  • Listening Skills
  • Suicide Awareness
  • Criminal Thinking Errors
  • Addiction and Substance Abuse
  • Training is held annually (beginning in September) and the training location will be determined prior to the start of the class.
    • Class meets weekly for 13 weeks, currently on Monday evenings.  Eleven classes must be completed--including two mandatory classes:  The Role of a Chaplain and Death Notification and Grief Intervention--in order to successfully complete the training.  Class size is limited to the first 12 people who submit a complete application and fees.
  • Training is offered to anyone interested in the classes for two reasons:  1) In spending over 30 hours with a potential volunteer, TJM is able to learn a great deal about the character, skill and spirit someone brings to this ministry; and 2)  We have learned that many people trained by TJM will end up doing this type of ministry in the future, whether in the jails we support or other locations.  To that end, we believe the training to be a useful tool to them and those they will serve.

  • The current fee for AJC training is $200, payable at the time of application.  This fee covers all materials and instructor costs for the training.

  • Among the most important characteristics TJM seeks in a potential chaplain:  a clearly-articulated personal faith; the ability to clearly and compassionately set boundaries; the ability/willingness to serve as part of a team and work within a system; the desire to grow personally.

IMPORTANT:  To be considered as a TJM Chaplain, training is mandatory.  However, successfully completing the AJC Training does not guarantee an invitation to serve as a Chaplain.

To learn more about the AJC application process, click here.

Worship Team Orientation

New Worship Teams are welcomed with an orientation that covers the following:

  • History of Transforming Jail Ministries

  • Policies and procedures for Worship Teams

  • Focus of the Worship Team ministry

  • Future direction of Transforming Jail Ministries

Throughout the year, Worship Teams meet three times to receive ongoing training and supervision and support. 

Clergy Contact Orientation

As part of the application process, Clergy who enter into TJM's Clergy Contact Visiting Program are provided a training orientation:

  • Sessions are offered six times annually, the second Tuesday of the month in January, March, May, July, September and November.

  • Each session lasts from 5 to 7:00 p.m.

For more information about the Clergy Contact Visiting Program, click here. 

Advanced Training

As Transforming Jail Ministries continues to grow, more training will be added to accomplish the following:

  • Link our ministry efforts to that of other counties and states

  • Provide resources and information about jail ministry to the general public 

  • Sharpen the skills  and renew the energy of our Chaplains and Worship Teams

  • Stay current with the shifting societal demands, political culture and economic priorities that affect jail ministry

 Have an idea for training?  Contact TJM and let us know.