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Our Mission:

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We have one overriding mission at Transforming Jail Ministries: to take God's message of hope to those in jail.

 
 
 
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Our Mission

We have one overriding mission at Transforming Jail Ministries: to take God's message of hope to those in jail. There are many ways to define that.  Many ways to measure that.  Many ways to deliver on that. 

At TJM, we create a framework that defines and measures and delivers our mission one man or woman at a time. When people's lives are touched, so too is the community in which they live.  In doing what we do at TJM, we rely on the wisdom of the great servants who have come before us.

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Our Impact

Incarceration is expensive and in many cases, does little to reform those who find themselves in jail or prison. We believe God's message of hope has real transformational power and that God is mighty enough to save the worst of offenders. Our desire is to see men and women come to know Christ and to live productive lives. In turn, our work makes jail safer for inmates and officers, strengthens families, lessens the tax burden of incarceration, and makes our community a better place. 

 

600+

inmates attend worship services

Each week, more than 600 inmates attend weekly Sunday morning services, joining volunteers in songs of praise, sitting under church teachings, and praying together.

 

30+

volunteer chaplains serve

Currently, 31 chaplains serve week-in and week-out, responding to inmate requests, handing out eye glasses, dispensing religious literature, and holding Bible studies.

 
 

90+

churches lead worship

A large number of Greater Cincinnati churches are involved in our worship team ministry. You don't need a great voice, but you should have a strong desire to see God at work in area correctional facilities.

 
 

Our Programs

Each year, Transforming Jail Ministries provides training and support for the individuals and teams who visit the men and women in jail. These volunteers signup to minister to individuals who are often experiencing some of the lowest moments in their lives. We show up to meet them where they are that they may come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Currently, three different training tracks exist:

  1. Adult Jail Chaplaincy
  2. Worship Team
  3. Clergy Contact Visit
 

adult Jail Chaplaincy

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. 
 

clergy contact visit

Clergy are invited to take part in our Clergy Contact Visit program in order to minister to those belonging to their faith communities upon request. We suggest ministers do this before they need access in order to avoid missing out on a ministry opportunity.

Worship teams

Each week our volunteers witness around 600 inmates attend worship services on Sunday mornings. These services resemble what many of us experience on Sundays at our churches: singing, teaching, and prayer. 

 

cookies at christmas

Individuals from all around the Greater Cincinnati area bake 15,000 homemade cookies each year for our chaplains to deliver to 2,000 inmates and officers at Christmas. This is a small, but appreciated offering for those incarcerated and at work.

 
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Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.

Matthew 25:34-36 (ESV)

 

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Our email list is for anyone who would like to be in the know about TJM events, happenings, and regular updates on our ministry in general.
 

Volunteer opportunities

Are you interested in starting a worship team at your church, volunteering as an adult jail chaplain, serving in your clergy capacity, or helping with Cookies at Christmas?.

Make a Donation

TJM operates on a very modest budget with only two paid employees and 600+ volunteers. Will you help us meet our annual fundraising goal through financial support?