Sunday Collectives 10/23/17 – 10/29/17
AGUSTA, GA – As I reflect back to the early years of my life, I remember vividly getting caught up in the “streets” and all that goes on with that lifestyle. You see I had an absentee dad who was stationed in multiple areas domestic and international throughout my formative years. All of this bodes well for a disaster for a son to not have his father in the guiding and shaping his life in the disciplining and helping him to know who he is as a man. Fast forward to age 29 years old, I was lying in prison facing a 15 year sentence and truly realizing “I wasn’t taking care of business”.
by Chandra Adams
Executive Director, COPE
My key words for today are spirituality, humility, and joy. First things first. Spirituality. I grab my prison bible and my phone to read today’s verse from the app “Verse-A-Day”.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons the sheep and runs away. So the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, he runs away. John 10:11-13
by Phil Van Auken, Professor of Management, Baylor University via COPE
“I never shared my faith with anyone until I got involved in prison ministry.”
“Prison work taught me the true meaning of forgiveness, repentance, and restoration.”
“My prayer life has a new lease on life due to jail ministry.”
These comments from recent prison (or jail) ministry volunteers capture some of the joy and spiritual excitement of this strategically important church ministry. The growth of the local church is built on the personal spiritual growth of its members.
Russ Cockrum has been a hospital chaplain, police chaplain, motorcycle chaplain, soldier, pastor, and presbyter. Now, at the age when most men are contemplating retirement, he is adding a new job to his portfolio: the first representative to missionary chaplains.
Cockrum will be in a pastoral role to Chaplaincy missionary families, and missionary associates from around the nation.
COPE is an international network of ministries providing fellowship, promoting excellence, sharing resources and encouraging unity among those called to criminal justice/restorative justice/prison ministry.
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!