Kairos Prison Ministry Core Values guide our behavior and actions as a board, staff, and volunteers:
We believe that we must be good stewards of our ministry’s programs, funds and resources, as well as our personal time, talent and treasures.
We believe in respecting each person with dignity while modeling Christ love. We practice ‘Listen, Listen, Love, Love.’
Respect and Love
We believe that we must be honest and truthful in our personal conduct as we represent the ministry consistently and with integrity. We are obedient to God in everything we do and obedient to the guidelines of the Kairos ministry programs.
We believe in the importance of enabling relationships to build community, thus our model includes the Weekend experience, followed by Guests or Participants gathering regularly for accountability, support and prayer. The full complement of the well‐defined returning model is necessary for the community to prosper.
Continuing Ministry Model to Build Community
While we empower the local volunteers to conduct the ministry, we are accountable to excellence and performance at the highest standards and authority of the ministry. We empower Guests or Participants to be accountable for their lives and be transformed by Jesus Christ.
Empowerment while Building Accountability
We are Christians who believe in the Holy Trinity and honor and live the teachings of the Bible and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We conduct the ministry while inviting all to attend as Guests or Participants in Weekends and program-specific follow‐on activities to build Christian community.
Lay led, Christ centered Ministry
The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.
A community spiritually freed from the effects of imprisonment reaching all impacted by incarceration, through the love, hope and faith found in Jesus Christ.
Kairos programs offer to prison residents, their families, and those who work with them the opportunity to receive God’s forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ, and to grow in their faith and servanthood in Christian community. We stand on the common ground of the following elements of faith:
We in Kairos believe:
• In sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ with all incarcerated individuals, their families and to those who work with them inside and outside the correctional institution.
• The love of Jesus Christ motivates His followers to provide food for the hungry, drink to the thirsty, welcome to the stranger, clothes for the naked and visits to the sick and those in prison.
• Friendship with God is a free gift, for God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
• In the deity, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
• In the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
• The Bible is God’s authoritative and inspired word for our faith and our lives.
In 1976, the first 31⁄2-day Weekend was held, and in 1979, the name “Kairos” was adopted and the ministry became an independent, non-profit, Christian organization based on the Cursillo movement. “Kairos” is a New Testament Greek term that means “God’s Special Time,” often expressed in Scripture as “in the fullness of time.”