Juvenile Justice Ministry

JJM seeks to engage young people in relational outreach as they are met in a variety of youth-serving institutions (detention centers, probation, correctional facilities, group homes, residential treatment centers and emergency shelters). This strategy helps young people acquire and develop a way of living taught by Jesus Christ, balancing the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of life. These valued relationships are sustained through ongoing involvement as they reenter their communities. 5 W’s of JJM

Who

With the Great Commission, Jesus commands us to go and reach the lost in their world. Jesus also speaks in Matthew about ministry to “the least of these” and we believe that the youth involved in systems are part of that focus. We know that the Father will equip those He calls to this ministry, and believe that He calls all types of people to this ministry. Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:16-20 “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.” Matthew 25:35-26

What

JJM is a ministry that reaches out to teens in tough situations. Even though our first contact is in a variety of institutions, we are committed to long-term relationships that last long even after the teen has left the facility. Our focus is balanced ministry that emphasizes the spiritual, physical, mental and emotional aspects of life.

Where

JJM reaches teens in many institutions such as detentions centers, group homes, correctional facilities, shelters, probation groups, and residential treatment centers.

Why

We believe that JJM is effective in reaching high-risk teens in their world. It gives us strategic tools to pursue the thousands of young people in institutions in the United States who are experiencing the challenges of incarcerations, abandonment, addictions, and abuse.

What are JJM’s focus points?

  • Balanced Programming – Using preaching, teaching, Bible study, small group programming and personal mentoring, we seek to meet the physical, emotional, mental and devotional needs in a young person’s life.
  • Frequent Connections – We enter into a youth’s world frequently and in persistent ways while he/she is involved with the juvenile justice system, to build healthy relationships which model Christ-like behavior.
  • One-to-one Mentoring – We meet with individuals inside detentions to provide personal attention and to focus on their specific needs. We follow up with personal calls to them and their parent/guardian. We do this with correspondence with those in placements.
  • Aftercare – We seek to create systems and structures that will sustain a relationship with JJM teens so they can enter their community and a church successfully.



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