Jail & Prison Ministry

Central’s Jail And Prison Ministry reaches out to those incarcerated with a message of hope found in Jesus Christ. Our staff and volunteers teach God's Word, and share testimonies, music and worship.

Inmates can continue to learn about life in Christ by participating in a Bible correspondence course offered by this ministry. The Jail and Prison Ministry also trains believers who want to help during these outreaches.

Today there are over two million people in America's prisons and jails. They are there because they've built their lives on the wrong foundation. In our society, they are cast aside, considered good for nothing and rejected. Central Church believes there is hope. They need not be cast aside and rejected. They simply need to come to Jesus Christ.

We use a multi-faceted approach to reach out to those who are caught in the cycle of crime and incarceration. Following are the areas of Central's Jail and Prison Ministry.

Jail Outreach

Central Church goes into the jails in Mecklenburg, Union and York counties on a weekly basis. Multiple opportunities are available immediately for volunteers who feel called to minister in Bible study and discipleship in our local jail system. Click on the "Volunteer" tab above for more information.

Discipleship Outreach

Once an inmate has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior they need guidance to learn to live in the new life God has given them. With God's leading, the Central Church Jail and Prison Ministry has developed The Basic Bible Study Series. Each of the 10 study guides includes a question and answer sheet for the inmate/student to complete and mail back to us along with prayer requests. Once the basic series is completed each student will receive a personalized certificate of achievement along with the first study guide in The Word Bible Study Series. This second Bible series includes 32 additional study guides that cover both the Old and New Testaments. God is using these unique Bible studies, along with Central's personal touch, to make a real difference in the Christian growth of these inmate/students.

Not comfortable going into the prisons or jails? God can still use you to disciple inmates through the mail in our Prison Ministry Discipleship Center here at the Charlotte Central Church Campus. Volunteers receive and log in student information and answer sheets, send out the next study guide in the series along with a note of encouragement, and most importantly pray for each inmate/student and their families.

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If you are interested in getting involved in any areas of the Jail & Prison Ministry, please fill out the Volunteer Application. New applicants must be interviewed and approved before volunteering. For more information, call Pastor Mike Canaday at 704-944-1312, or email him at [email protected].