2017 Jail and Prison Ministry Training Inactive

2017 Jail and Prison Ministry Training Inactive

ONLINE Registation has expired. Please call Ashley at 1.800.838.2272 x5137 for assistance. 

Jail and Prison Ministry Training is for NEW or EXPERIENCED people interested in sharpening their skills. 

Various classes will be offered April 27, 28, 29, 2017 and are open to anyone. Volunteers will be especially interested in the classes offered on Friday/Saturday, April 28-29.  

All classes listed below are offered at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention Building (driving directions)
PRE-Registration is required - a small fee is charged to cover meals and materials.  Please see the registration links below.  

Thursday, April 27 - Offered this day only; 8:00am to 5:00pm, lunch included

Jail Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Training  -- This course examines the problem of jail suicides and presents the latest information on how to best assess & screen an inmate for suicide risk. Suicide prevention plans are presented as well as effective crisis communication techniques for dealing with an inmate who is suicidal. Models for debriefing staff and volunteers are also discussed for use in the aftermath of a suicide. In addition, crisis communication strategies for working with people suffering from mental illness are presented as well as strategies for staying resilient on the job. This training draws from the latest research and best practice information from a large number of sources including the Department of Justice, and includes discussion, group exercises, and powerful video scenario vignettes.

Taught by Greg Young
Chaplain, FBI
Chaplain, Wisconsin State Patrol and Germantown P.D.
Resilience/Resilient Leadership & Post Traumatic Growth Consultant
International Law Enforcement Education Training Association Member
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Trainer


No credit card?  Call Ashley at 1.800.838.2272 x5137 to register


April 28 and 29 (Friday/Saturday).  Four classes are being offered, four times each.

If you can attend Friday only, or Saturday only, you may choose two of the four.  If you attend both days, you can take three, or all four classes.  Classes are $5 each, which includes lunch and materials. 

Class times on Friday and Saturday:  8:00am to Noon, 1:00pm to 5:00pm (lunch provided). All classes last 4 hours.  All four classes below are offered during all four time slots on Friday and Saturday. Choose any combination of classes and times you wish. Register below. 

  • Basic Training for County and City Jail Ministry -"Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering."  Hebrews 13:3  Has God called you to minister to the incarcerated?  Learn first-hand the tools that were used in shaping the lives of the class facilitators, both former inmates of the Arkansas Department of Corrections.  Listen as these ladies share how YOU can reach those who seem unreachable. 

    Taught by Tracey Lindsey, Director of the Tetelestai House of Omaha, AR,  and jail ministry volunteer in Arkansas and Oklahoma; and Jennifer Smith, Denominational Chaplain, McPherson Unit

  • Staying Spiritually Fit While Doing Jail and Prison Ministry - Being resilient in ministry does not happen without intent. Participants in this course will examine how the spiritual disciplines identified by early church fathers not only have a place in modern ministry, but can be a powerful part of sustaining the minister/volunteer and preventing burnout. This course will be of value for the person who has faced the threat of losing their zeal and for the person who hopes never to see that loss in their life and work.  Taught by Joshua Mayfield, Administrator of Chaplaincy Services for the Arkansas Department of Correction.  

  • Re-Entry Mentor Training - For any volunteer wishing to mentor a person in prison or a person who has been paroled. Participants will be eligible, after passing a background check, to be an "inside" or "outside" mentor for Arkansas Community Correction (ACC). Taught by Ardella Bearden, Mentor Coordinator, Re-Entry Team Member, ACC
  • Three in One:  How to Minister to Correctional Staff, Do’s and Don’ts for Jail/Prison Volunteers, Games Criminals Play
    1) How to minister to correctional staff. Correctional staff are often excluded from the ministry of volunteers suggesting that it is an "us against them" mentality. In order to have an effective ministry, staff must be included in all phases of jail and prison outreach.
    2) Do's and Don'ts for jail and prison volunteers. Keys to effective jail and prison ministry.
    3) Games Criminals Play. How to recognize games criminals play and protecting yourself from the "con."
    Taught by John Belken, Commissioner, Arkansas Parole Board. He has worked in a variety of roles in Corrections and Parole dating back to 1975. Some of his experience includes:  Correctional Officer and Correctional Supervisor in the Texas Dept. of Correction; first Chaplain Intern for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and was assigned to the Cummins Unit; State Missionary for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention as a Correctional Chaplain at the Cummins Unit and North Central Unit; first full time Chaplain at the North Central Unit and started the program there; and served as a Deputy Warden for the Arkansas Dept of Correction.

($5 per course, credit cards or e-checks accepted)

No credit card?  Call Ashley at 1.800.838.2272 x5137 to register