Local Church Partnerships

Are You Part of a 5-Star Local Church?

 

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me; I was in prison and you visited me […] Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:35-36,40 CSB)

According to Jesus, how we treat and serve those who are most marginalized and on the fringes is a direct reflection of how we treat Jesus. As part of reflecting His heart of compassion for those who are marginalized, many Canadian churches have local and global initiatives that are focused on the first four areas that Jesus mentions: feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, serving the poor, and ministering to the sick.  There is some great ministry happening in the name of Jesus to “the least of these”!

But what about visiting those brothers and sisters who in prison?  How does a local church community go about ministering to those who are behind bars and to others who have been affected by crime?  Where do they start?  How can they get involved?  How can they be properly equipped?  How can a local church become a 5-star church in the area of its ministry of compassion?

At Prison Fellowship Canada, we are here to mobilize and equip teams from local church communities to respond to the issues of crime and to help engage them in the ministry of reconciliation and restoration to prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families, and victims right across Canada.  We are convinced that transformation is possible for anyone through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.  We are looking to come alongside local churches who share this vision and are ready to take the next step.

There are many ways for your church community to partner with the ministry of Prison Fellowship Canada:

  • Register your church to be a Sponsor or Financial Partner in our Angel Tree program
  • Recruit a volunteer team from your church to engage in PFC ministry programs at a local prison or jail
  • Open your doors to serve an ex-prisoner and his or her family
  • Financially support the ministry of Prison Fellowship Canada

PFC would also love to send a Representative to speak to your church’s leadership team, a small group of interested individuals, or your church congregation as a whole to share the vision and how you can get involved.

We also recognize that your local church may not have the knowledge, connections or resources to do this on their own. So we are pleased to provide training and connections for your church’s volunteer team to the ministry opportunities in your local area.

For more information about how your church can partner with Prison Fellowship Canada and become a 5-star church, contact us today.