Christian Ministries To Offenders
                         216 E 2nd St. Wichita, KS 67202-2316
                  Phone 316.660.7513      Email

         Scott Davis, Executive Director and SCDF Chaplain Coordinator

Dear Ministry Volunteer,

      Thank you for expressing an interest in becoming a Christian Ministries to
Offenders, Inc. Volunteer. It is exciting to know that there are Christians called to this
awesome and vital ministry.

       Enclosed are the necessary forms for you to complete. After you complete the
forms, you may mail them to the above address or bring them to the 2 nd floor of the
Sedgwick County Detention Facility (141 W. Elm).

       Again, thank you for inquiring about the ministry and thank you for your continued
prayer and gifts. I believe that prayer is the most important component of this ministry
as we seek to minister to inmates in a facility that has an average daily population of

In His Service,

Chaplain Scott Davis
Listed below are some of the basic guidelines to be followed by approved volunteers
working with the Sedgwick County Detention Facility:

   1. It is requested that soft cover religious literature left with inmates not be of an
      exclusive doctrinal nature or to promote the interests of any specific church. No
      hardcover books/bibles allowed.

   2. Letters, other forms of correspondence, or any other personal items regardless of
      nature, may not be taken from the jail for an inmate.

   3. Phone calls to members of an inmate’s immediate family or church are allowed
      only when directly connected with your role as a spiritual advisor or counselor.
      No calls will be made to boyfriends or girlfriends. Discretion should be used and
      consideration given regarding the creation of unnecessary anxiety or alarm.
      Your role is one of comforting and reducing stress within the family. You may
      also assist in modifying and inmate’s feelings of alienation from society.

   4. Phone calls to doctors, lawyers, bondsmen or any other members of the legal or
      medical profession are not allowed.

   5. Items other than bibles or related religious literature may not be given to inmates.
      Basic personal needs are provided through commissary, or, in the case of
      indigents, through the office of the Chaplain with funds provided by Christian
      Ministries to Offenders, Inc. Do not give inmates such items as pens, pencils,
      religious medallions, crosses, etc.

   6. All volunteers must undergo training supervised by Christian Ministries to
      Offenders, Inc.

   7. Special Visits – consult Chaplain. These are seldom approved.

   8. Keep in mind at all times that your function as a religious volunteer is to aid in
      spiritual counseling and understanding. Inmates should direct questions in any
      other area to appropriate detention staff through the use of Inmate Request

Chaplain Scott Davis                                   Captain Barbara Maxwell
CMO reserves the right to screen all volunteer applicants who have expressed an interest in assisting
incarcerated persons involved in our programs. This type of screening process applies to all corrections
department personnel at the time of their employment.

We trust that you will understand and accept this in the spirit intended. Any inquiries will be made in a
manner so as not to cause you embarrassment. If you feel unsure about our procedures and the need for
them, please feel free to discuss this with one of our staff.

TODAY’S DATE ________________________________________________________________

NAME (First, Middle, Last): ________________________________________________________

MAIDEN NAME (If applicable): _____________________________________________________

NICKNAMES: __________________________________________________________________

ALIASES: _____________________________________________________________________

RACE: ______________             SEX: ________           DATE OF BIRTH: _________________

PLACE OF BIRTH: ______________________________________________________________
                   City                County                     State

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: ____________________________________________________

DRIVER’S LICENSE NUMBER: ____________________________________________________

CURRENT ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________________


HOME PHONE: ________________________ BUS. PHONE ___________________________

CELL PHONE: _________________________ EMAIL _________________________________

CHURCH AFFILIATION: __________________________________________________________

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, CONTACT: _____________________________________________
______________________________________ _______________________________________
             Phone                                  Relationship
Briefly state your reason for wanting to become a volunteer for CMO:

What experience do you have working with people?

Do you have any special abilities or interests that might be of help in our programs?

Describe your educational background and employment history:

In what capacity are you interested in being involved with CMO?

Days and times available:

Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony as an adult?              YES   NO

Are you currently on probation or parole?                                           YES   NO

Are you related to anyone who is currently in custody of the Dept. of Corrections? YES    NO

Will you consent to the Investigations Division of the Sedgwick County Sheriff Department in cooperation
with the Kansas Bureau of Investigations to do a background check on you?
                                                                                   YES NO

____________________________________________________                       ___________________
Volunteer Applicant’s Signature                                            Date

  I, __________________________________________, hereby request
  permission to work as a volunteer for the above named jail and prison ministry. I
  understand that there are significant risks involved in entering and working in a
  correctional facility and these risks have been adequately explained to me. I
  agree that, in return for the training and information that has been provided to
  me, the permission to enter and work as a correctional volunteer, I will hold
  harmless and indemnify Christian Ministries to Offenders, Inc. and its employees
  from any injury or damages to me as a result of my volunteer work. Further, I
  hereby waive any claims of any nature that I may have against Christian
  Ministries to Offenders, Inc. or any of its employees for personal injury, property
  loss, or property damage arising from or in connection with my work as a


  I, __________________________________________, have completed the
  training for volunteers and understand volunteer rules. I understand that as a
  volunteer I will be under the control and direction of Christian Ministries to
  Offenders, Inc., the institutional director, or his/her designee(s) while on the
  grounds of any facility. I agree to comply with all policies, rules, and regulations
  of the facility and I understand that failure to comply can mean my volunteer
  service may be curtailed, postponed or terminated by the Executive Director of
  Christian Ministries to Offenders, Inc./Sedgwick County Detention Facility
  Chaplain Coordinator.

  ________________________________                  ___________________
  Signature                                              Date

  ________________________________                  ___________________
  Signature of Witness                                         Date
Upon my application to be a volunteer with Christian Ministries of Offenders, Inc.,
I, _____________________________________, hereby authorize and request
the Sedgwick County Sheriff Department, KBI, and other sources as deemed
appropriate and/or necessary, to disclose and give copies to Christian Ministries
to Offenders, Inc., any and all police records, including the records of arrest,
police reports, accident reports and records of convictions including
misdemeanors and felonies which pertain to me and which you have in your

I further authorize and consent to the disclosure and copying of any of the above
records for delivery to any necessary personals solely for the purpose of my
application as a volunteer in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility, under the
auspices of Christian Ministries to Offenders, Inc.

In consideration of such disclosure on the part of the above named persons or
institutions, I hereby release them from all and any liability arising therefrom and
do relinguish and waive any claim or right I might have against them arising from
such disclosure and copying.

My date of birth is __________________________________________


_____________________________________                   ________________
Volunteer Applicant’s Signature                         Date
               Game playing in a confined society
You must understand that communication involves a sender and a receiver. Many
times in a confined society, messages are not what they appear to be on the surface.
Learn to listen.

Learn to recognize when you are being manipulated. The sooner you recognize it, the
sooner you can prevent it. When an interaction between human beings is based on
game playing or manipulation, the interaction has lost its constructive potential.

Volunteers who are “firm but fair” generally command the respect of the people they are
trying to help.

Learn to say no and obviously mean it. People like to know what your rules are and
they can accept no when you are consistent and fair (with confined people) in your
interaction. A whimsical person invites game playing or manipulation.

Remember that silence or inaction in the confined society signifies approval whether
you intended to show approval or not. If you feel you are being cultivated or
manipulated, taking action to let the confined know that you do not want to be part of
this inappropriate cultivation lets them know where you stand.

Be careful of the you/me situation. A secret or privileged communication between two
persons may very readily not be valid in a court of law. You, as volunteers, seriously
should never do or say anything you would be embarrassed to share with your peers. A
“secret” confided by you gives the other person the advantage of taking liberties ifyou
want the secret to be kept.

KEEP IT IN THE OPEN! This is probably the most important advice of all. It is most
often the key to preventing or stopping the game playing process. Manipulators don’t
want to be too open because a knowledgeable onlooker may expose the manipulation

Be knowledgeable of proper institution procedures relating to avenues confined persons
can pursue to acquire needs. People asking “favors’ generally already know whether or
not you can grant them. You will be most likely judged negatively if you agree to
something you should not or do not agree to something you should.

Talk to the chaplain about an inmate’s special needs to confirm or deny clues to aiding
that person. If an inmate alludes to special needs, those needs should be verified.

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed…”
(2 Tim 2:15). People in a confined society feel you are more able to help them if you
are knowledgeable in whatever area you represent and, in our case, it is Christ.
      Reliable and emotionally stable; able to accept responsibility and take
       independent action when necessary.

      Self-confident without the slightest hint of brusqueness or conceit.

      Firm but fair – Adherence to the rules with a patient, constructive and creative

      Not anxious to impress or cherish inflated ideas of their own importance.

      Always searching for the truth and not gossiping or spreading rumors.

      Neat in appearance and a friendly personality without becoming overly familiar.

      Humble, sympathetic, understanding without divulging their own personal

      Adapting to change, maintaining enthusiasm, dispelling prejudice and growing
       allegiance to our entire ministry as a whole.

      Alert, able to make decisions accurately and fairly, and concerned with the
       welfare of both the inmate and the credibility of the overall ministry in the facility.


Houses of corrections emerged about the year 1500. For certain groups of
undesirables, separation from society occurred as early as 1200.

The Quakers started a prison reform that stated that prisoners were not outcasts and
they should be returned to society. They believed prisoners should remain silent and
reflect on their crime. Until 1930, many prisons requested silence at all times.

The justice system has its origin in a society that tried to institutionalize the precepts of
Christianity. These plans have been largely buried and replaced by principles of

The correctional process has the expressed intent of reforming, but in many cases it
only temporarily causes conformation and then results in deformation.
The law says NOT guilty until proven guilty, but treatment of prisoners in the system
prior to conviction causes confusion. Inmates are often treated as “guilty” until proven

Many want to make amends and ask forgiveness. If this conviction of conscience is not
dealt with, anger at one’s own behavior turns into anger at society.

Christianity has mechanisms to cope with guilt without rubbing the sinner’s nose in his
sins or pretending it didn’t happen.

Penitentiaries were intended to lead a criminal to penitence rather than drive him to
bitterness; but wardens and cells and the de-Christianization of society do just the
opposite many times.

The person in the system is not usually restored to brotherhood with his fellowman and
society seldom welcomes the ex-offender back into the community. On the contrary,
acceptance is much more easily found among their fellow “lepers” who are scorned by
those who pronounce themselves as “clean”.

Christians who are sinners recognize guilt, seek forgiveness and experience
reconciliation, have a unique contribution to the victim of the contradictory, rejecting
system. “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”

Outreach to the neighbor who poses an immediate threat to our society is far more
difficult for most of us than to reach out to a neighbor oceans away. We must first, as
victims, deal with our own feelings towards those who have “trespassed against us.”

Christians all too often perceive that they have a most necessary place in the criminal
justice process. Christians must explore their faith with regard to their attitudes to
“society’s public sinners” and then be harnessed for work.

Some Christians who are over stimulated and so convinced of their own salvation repel
rather than attract. Christianity needs to be caught rather than taught. They cannot get
close enough to sow a seed as they insist on trying to transplant a forest.

We cannot hope even to sow seeds, but must be content to first prepare the soil without
experiencing frustration. Good seeds scattered on hard rocks will not produce fruit.

Nor do we have the right to demand access to a captive audience to expound our
theory. There must be a oneness among us showing uniform beliefs in practice, visibly
testifying to basic Bible facts.

The effective Christian has his faith so well integrated into his total being, attitudes and
actions that he should not felt he need to force it on others.
Inability to communicate your faith by any other medium than “God talk” is a stumbling
block. Being “washed in the blood of the Lamb” is meaningless to some and positively
repulsive to others.

On the other hand, there are “jail house Christians” who know all our jargon and can
convince the gullible Christian that they are saved. Jesus knew what was in a man and
we need to develop this aspect of Christ like wisdom, too. We must related those who
profess but do not practice their faith.

It is necessary to work within the system and yet maintain a detachment from it. The
system does deserve rebuke from time to time. Volunteers must be sensitive to their
ministry being properly balanced in order to maintain credibility.

Pastoral ministry to correctional workers and their families is an activity that should not
be neglected. They try to serve on society’s behalf. Volunteers should not appear to
have their only interest in ministry to criminals.

Commitment to Christ does not relieve us of our simultaneous obligations to Caesar.
Volunteers must accept 1) pre-service orientation 2) in-service training and 3)
accountability to the staff.

CONCLUSION: The justice system, to this intent, has failed to achieve the objectives
set for it by society. In simple terms, criminals are unappealing members of society; yet,
Christians have something in common with them. Christians also have a direct Gospel
imperative to minister in these houses of corrections. We must relate more realistically
to the needs of the offender and the limitations of the system. Volunteers must be
people whose understanding of reality extends beyond the limits of this life, whose
concerns are greater than for their own protections, and whose love can overcome
human fear and transform lives.

The offender is naturally seeking the best possible conditions. Prosecution is seeking
conviction. Defense is seeking acquittal. Institution is seeking absolute security. The
family of the offender has many needs. The family of the offended often seeks an outlet
for anger, frustration and sometimes, seeks vengeance.

All prisoners are either 1) awaiting trial and their prime concern is how to win the case
or 2) have been tried and sentences or are awaiting sentence. In the latter case, they
more or less know what is coming and feel the need to adjust. During stage two,
offenders are most likely to respond to volunteers.

You, as a volunteer, are assisting people in the healing process during a time of
transition. Prisoners are experts in manipulating. Volunteers must develop trust and
establish an open line of communication. This usually requires several contacts. DO
NOT simply do what an inmate wants or what appears the easiest. Avoid being

County facilities have a need for ministry to the families of offenders
   Keep lines of communication with the family open
   Know of and work with various community resources

How to be effective:
   Maintain direct communication line with officials
   Recognize own feelings for inmates will pick up quickly
   Recognize the rights for he offender, institution and yourself
   Privacy is a big plus factor
   Remember you are in a hostile environment
   Stress strongly and frankly that certain acts result in certain consequences

Needs of our “clients” (as expressed by a group of inmates):
   Need communication to outsiders
   Understand the emotional strain they are under
   Understand something of drug withdrawal problem
   Understand that the inmate is sometimes keeping up a tough front because of
     being seen and heard by other inmates
   Understand the very important need of a Christian inmate for support
   Understand limited chance of effectiveness when there is no Christian interest
   Be prepared to deal with the question “Why can’t God get me out of here?” and
     “How can I beat this case?”
   Out of state inmates are especially lonely and cut off

        Use preaching manner
        Push if they indicate they do not want to hear
        Subvert the system in any manner
        Be a jail or prison volunteer to satisfy your own personal needs

        Follow through on all promises
        Be realistic about what can be done
        Be honest
        Be straightforward
        Dress informally. Clerical collars are not recommended except for a priest
        Deal with the overall behavior that placed the inmate in his present circumstance

Devastating assumptions
   All prisoners are in need of being saved. (There are many Christians in jail)
   Volunteers are superior to inmates.
Exodus 21:23-25

Exodus 22:1-4

Isaiah 61:1-3

Amos 5:11-15

Matthew 5:38-42

Luke 19:8-10

Matthew 18:21-22

John 8:10-11

Luke 4:16-19

Matthew 25:34-36

Hebrews 13:1-3

Romans 3:12

II Corinthians 5:17-19
     MULTIPLE CHOICE – Check only one answer by each question

1.    Perhaps the most important area of effective relationship with inmate and staff is:
          a. Consistency and dependability
          b. Education
          c. Stable background

2.    Three basic qualities needed by a volunteer in a jail or prison setting are:
          a. A nice personality, self-assurance, sympathy for others
          b. Right motivation, commitment, willingness to prepare
          c. Important contacts, good reputation, responsible position in community

3.    The first and most important requirement for getting into and continuing in a jail or prison ministry:
           a. Be friendly to the admitting officer
           b. Recognize that the jail can do without you
           c. Keep the rules of the institution whether you feel they are or are not fair

4.    The first responsibility of the institution is
           a. Seeing that the prisoners needs are met
           b. Making things comfortable for the officers
           c. Keeping the inmate confined

5.    To keep a good relationship with administration and officers:
          a. Ask when in doubt, take nothing in or out unless you have explicit approval, be willing to learn.
          b. Let the administration and officers know how much you want to help the inmate become a good/better citizen
          c. Pave the way by bringing gifts to people in authority

6.    To help an inmate, you will need to:
          a. Believe everything they tell you and do the things they ask you to do
          b. See inmates as people, be honest, be a good listener, be patient, at the same time be aware of and
               appreciate the situation the prison or jail officials face
          c. Arouse the public to how unfairly the institution treats some prisoners

7.    To the work of a Christian volunteer, you should:
           a. Share Christian love, prepare for the service you give, be aware that God works through other people also
           b. Quote a great deal scripture showing the inmate just how wrong he is thinking and acting
           c. Find a way to hide your own point and refuse to give any answers

8.    You must come to understand that
          a. No one really appreciates having jails and prisons in existence
          b. Jails and prisons are a large factor in the economy in the national, state and local governments
          c. Prison and jail officials are composed of highly paid, highly educated and trained individuals

9.    The incarceration of an individual intimately affects the life of
           a. Prisoners and jail or prison personnel only
           b. Husbands, wives, children, brothers and sisters, parents, in-laws, friends, of the inmate
           c. The church

10. One of the most difficult problems for counseling in most facilities is
        a. Counseling room is shabby and dreary
        b. Inmates will not respond to counseling
        c. There is a great deal of noise, inmates are restless and cannot concentrate and there is no place to talk

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