MISSION & VISION

MISSION

Crossroads connects prisoners with mentors in Christ-centered relationships so that lives, prisons and churches are restored through the Gospel.

VISION

Crossroads Prison Ministries catalyzes Christ-centered mentoring relationships between people in prison and volunteers from churches throughout the world. The unlikely relationships formed through studying the Bible together and exchanging letters transform both those inside and outside prison walls.

For those who are locked up, experiencing the love of a mentor is metamorphic. The mentors’ encouraging and guiding words have a deep impact, providing a vivid picture of the unconditional love of Jesus. Volunteers who have been Christians for decades are transformed as well, discovering renewed purpose and excitement as they make an eternal difference in the life of someone previously thought to be discardable.

Crossroads Prison Ministries embraces those behind bars as brothers and sisters in Christ. Through a relationship with Jesus Christ and the loving example of their mentors, Crossroads students can become agents of hope and change within correctional facilities. As they engage in Bible study with their mentors, leaders are identified and deployed. This causes cell blocks, day activity rooms and entire prison facilities to be transformed into healthy, vibrant communities of faith.

As these same leaders are released back into their communities, they bring positive change and revival to the churches that receive them. While that is happening in the free world, those who will never be released are providing a foundation on which the church inside prison walls is built.

STATEMENT OF FAITH

The Bible is God’s Word; we can rely on it to guide us.

The Holy Scriptures as originally given by God are divinely inspired, infallible and entirely trustworthy and they are the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. Hebrews 4:12, Matthew 5:1718, 2 Timothy 3:1617, Psalm 119:160

There is one true God, who is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Matthew 3:1617, Matthew 28:19, John 15:26, 2 Corinthians 13:14

Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.

Our Lord Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless human life, divine miracles, vicarious and atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension, mediatorial work and personal return in power and glory. 1 Corinthians 15:34, Hebrews 7:2527, John 1:14, Romans 5:68, Colossians 1:1520

The Holy Spirit lives in us, enabling us to follow Christ.

The Holy Spirit dwells within all believers, enabling them to live a holy life, to witness and to work for the Lord Jesus Christ. Mark 13:11, Matthew 10:1920, Luke 12:1112, Romans 8:117, 1 Corinthians 12:411, Galatians 5:1325

Salvation is by grace, through faith and not by works.

The salvation of lost and sinful humanity is made possible by God’s grace, through faith apart from works, through Christ’s blood shed on the cross and through the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 2:89, Romans 3:2128, Romans 5:111

The dead will be resurrected.

The resurrection of both the saved and the lost will occur when Christ returns. Those who are saved will experience the resurrection of eternal life; those who are lost will experience the resurrection of eternal death. John 5:2829, Matthew 25:46, 1 Thessalonians 4:1317, 1 Peter 1:3–5

We are called to be unified with all believers.

We believe in the unity of the Spirit among all true believers, who are the Church, the Body of Christ. John 17:2023, Ephesians 4:46, 1 Corinthians 12:1226, Galatians 3:2629