Jail & Prison Ministry

“...to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison and to release
from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”

                                         Isaiah 42:7

The mission of the Jail and Prison Ministry Task force is to promote Christ-centered ministries of prevention, healing and restoration.

We accomplish this by connecting churches with opportunities, training and resources to be in ministry with adult and/or juvenile offenders, ex-offenders and their families.

There are many ways to be involved in Prison Ministries, please click here for resources to assist you in your discerning process.



Healing Communities Workshop


Prison ministry is challenging and it doesn’t always happen “behind the walls.” Providing a safe place of healing for family and friends of those incarcerated, for returning citizens or for those at risk of incarceration is critical to restoring lives and communities.

The General Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church has partnered with Healing Communities, a framework for ministry to persons returning from or at risk of incarceration, their families, and the larger community. Healing Communities challenges congregations through mobilization of existing resources to become “Stations of Hope” for persons affected by the criminal justice system. 

Healing Communities identifies basic components of action for congregations. Each action is built on existing strengths, all located within the mission and ministry structure of the local church.

To learn more, visit http://umc-gbcs.org/healing-communities or

Want to learn more about hosting a training?
Contact Pam Garrison: (800) 282-8011 Ext. 148 or pgarrison@flumc.org

Training is provided by Doug Walker, National Coordinator, Criminal Justice Reform, General Board of Church & Society and is sponsored by the Jail and Prison Ministry Task Force of The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church.







Training Schedule

The Florida Conference Jail and Prison Ministry Task Force and the African Methodist Episcopal church are partnering for No More Throw Away Kids - a statewide initiative to provide a mentor -- "faith friend" -- for every incarcerated child in Florida.

Did you know...

More than 2300 children are incarcerated in juvenile prisons in Florida
Average age is 12 - 18 and some are as young as 8 - 10

If every United Methodist and AME church in Florida committed to mentor just 2 CHILDREN every incarcerated child would have a mentor!


Four contacts a month -- letter, card, phone call
One of the four contacts is face-to-face at the facility
Remain a mentor to your child for approximately 18 months: 12 months of incarceration and up to 6 months following release
Be a friend -- a "faith friend" -- not a parent or guardian

Training and ongoing support is provided

A mentor provides:

A positive influence
A stable, constant relationship
An opportunity for a different perspective
Improved self-esteem
Someone safe to talk to
Someone who cares

Without the intervention of trained mentors, 58% of these children re-offend and return to incarceration in the first three months after release. Many end up in adult prison.

Please help us break this cycle.

Questions? Contact Pam Garrison at pgarrison@flumc.org or (800) 282-8011 Ext. 148

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Contact Us

The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

450 Martin L King Jr Ave
Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011