Institute for Prison Ministries Resources

Welcome to IPM’s Resource Center.
Our goal is to share and show the Love of Christ through correctional ministry.

New Publications

New from IPM! ALL RISE: Ministry with Justice-Involved Women, by Lynn O. Cooper and Karen K. Swanson

All Rise incorporates the actual narratives of justice-involved women, prison administrators, chaplains, volunteers, and ministry workers to create a realistic look at the challenges inherent in change.

Those who serve these women, as well as those who are interested in getting started in female justice initiatives, will learn the:

  • the personal and economic impact of female incarceration
  • process of incarceration from arrest to release
  • profile of justice-involved women
  • patterns of socialization in correctional facilities
  • problems of reentry and recidivism
  • psychological and spiritual healing that leads to change
  • practices of effective ministry programs

Updated and Revised Edition! Prison Ministry: Understanding Jail and Prison Culture, by Lennie Spitale

For most Christians, prison culture is like visiting a foreign land, and the thought of ministering behind bars with the incarcerated is an intimidating prospect.  Prison Ministry will offer you the empowerment you need as a volunteer, chaplain, pastor, or lay leader in doing effective prison ministry. 

Of the former edition, the late Charles Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries, wrote, “This may well be the definitive book on prison ministry. Fascinating insights about the prison culture and how to reach it.  Mandatory reading for everyone in corrections and for Christians who care about the command to visit a prison.”