MEET COPE – Coalition of Prison Evangelists
COPE’s purpose – to equip you for YOUR purpose. Founded on a vision to build an army of ministries coming out of prison, COPE is a professional service organization for all of you who serve in Criminal Justice Ministry.
Whatever you call it, if you are involved in ministry to inmates, their families, victims, ex-offenders, juveniles, etc., COPE is for you!
COPE leadership brings its abilities, experience and resources to recruit, establish and strengthen Christian ministry to criminal justice systems throughout the world.
COPE Statement of Faith
We believe there is one God eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of God the Father, and in His personal future return to this earth in power and glory to rule over the nations.
We believe man was created good and upright but voluntarily sinned and thereby incurred both physical and spiritual death, which is separation from God.
We believe regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation. The redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides forgiveness, healing and answers to believing prayer.
We believe the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Christ.
We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling and filling the Christian is enabled to live a holy and Spirit-led life.
We believe in the resurrection of the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation.
We believe the ministry of Jesus Christ today is committed to the Church, His body and that ministry is “that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15: 12) “For I was hungry and you gave me meat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came unto me.’’ (Matthew 25:35, 36)