Services and Resources for Re-entry
If you know of someone who is about to be released from jail or prison and returning home to Cincinnati, please know that there are resources and services available to help with this transition. As we are made aware of services, we will update you. If you know of any services or resources that may be beneficial, please share those with us and we will make sure others have access to the same information.
Websites and Other Ministry Resources
The Gospel Coalition - www.thegospelcoalition.org
“The Gospel Coalition seeks to help people know God’s Word with their minds, love God fully with their hearts, and engage the world with grace and truth.” This website provides access to online courses for ministers, lay leaders, and curious Christians looking to explore and learn more about their faith.
Desiring God - www.desiringgod.org
Most people in the world have no experience of deep and abiding joy. Even though it is something we all desperately long for, the assurance that true happiness can be known — fully and forever — is a hope that billions of people live every day without. This is a tragedy. Desiring God is on a mission to change that. We aim to help people everywhere embrace a profound truth that changes everything about life and eternity:
You were created for something greater than yourself.
You were formed for something awesome and magnificent.
You were made to know glory — God’s glory. And the deepest longings of the human heart can be fully satisfied by pursuing that glory. In fact, God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.
Prison Fellowship - www.prisonfellowship.org
Prison Fellowship® trains and inspires churches and communities—inside and outside of prison—to support the restoration of those affected by incarceration. We equip correctional leaders, volunteers, and incarcerated men and women to make prisons more rehabilitative places; we advocate for a more restorative criminal justice system; and we collaborate with churches and local service providers to support former prisoners, their families, and their communities.
Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association - www.cmcainternational.org
Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association (CMCA) is a professional organization, founded in May 2011, through which Christians can celebrate their faith and passion for correctional ministry with other individuals, organizations, and churches; develop professionally through online resources, trainings, and certifications; and be inspired through uplifting journal articles, networking, and conferences.
Connecting, encouraging, and equipping Christians as they fulfill the Great Commission in Corrections
Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God's Resources in Scripture by Stuart Scott and Heath Lambert
“Biblical counselors have worked for decades to demonstrate that God’s resources in Scripture are sufficient to help people with their counseling-related problems. In Counseling the Hard Cases, editors Stuart Scott and Heath Lambert use the true stories of real patients to show how the truths of God’s Word can be released to bring help, hope, and healing into the lives of those who struggle with some of the most difficult psychiatric diagnoses.”
Justice that Restores by Chuck Colson
“America's justice system is broken. Offenders repeat and return to jail. Chuck Colson shows why the prevailing systems of criminal justice simply don't work. The book showcases Colson at his best, including personal stories, historical study, and shocking statistics. Bottom line: only a system that is based on a biblical worldview, a system that restores both the offender and the offended, will have any lasting success. This authoritative work is Colson's legacy statement about criminal justice. These proven principles can reverse the current criminal decline.”
“Larry Nielsen entered jail and prison ministry after a career in law enforcement. That background gives Larry a unique perspective on corrections ministry. Larry currently serves as a volunteer lay chaplain in the Hamilton County, Ohio corrections system, and is CEO of Believers Behind Bars Correspondence School of the Bible.”
Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney
“All Christians know they should pray, but sometimes it’s hard to know how—especially if the minutes start to drag and our minds start to wander. Offering readers hope, encouragement, and the practical advice they’re looking for, this concise book by professor Donald Whitney outlines a simple, time-tested method that can help transform our prayer lives: praying the words of the Bible. Praying the Bible shows readers how to pray through portions of Scripture one line at a time, helping us stay focused by allowing God’s Word itself to direct our thoughts and words. Simple yet profound, this resource will prove invaluable to all Christians as they seek to commune with their heavenly Father in prayer each and every day.”
Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle
“Thoughts for Young Men, by J. C. Ryle, is a short yet passionate appeal that, a hundred years after it was written, remains relevant for today. Replete with warnings, exhortations, and instruction about this life's many trials, temptations, and common pitfalls, Ryle’s classic is biblical, practical, timeless, and wise.”