The Church of Second Chances

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
-Nelson Mandela

Available until June 30, 2018.

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So what can we do?

The crisis in our nation’s correctional system – the suffering of our brothers and sisters in prison – urgently calls us to engage. This module will inspire and challenge participants through prayer and dialogue. By looking through the eyes of those from inside the prison cell, both at our world and back at ourselves, we can begin to expand our thinking about prisoners and punishment and reform our hearts by God’s mercy.

I was in prison and you came to visit me.
– Matthew 25:36

Program Overview

Groups are co-facilitated by one or two participants.


The Church of Second Chances program consists of eight 2 ½-hour sessions. All sessions include prayer, dialogue, active listening, and relationship-building.  Some sessions may include videos and/or a guest speaker.


JustFaith Ministries recommends that a group be approximately eight to fifteen people.


Participants deepen their understanding through in-depth reading and viewing videos and online materials. The most essential resource is the community formed through the process.

Immersion Experience

To broaden perspectives, Church of Second Chances includes an immersion. Participants visit local organizations to learn from those involved with the issue.

For an overview, sample session and flyer for this module, click the button below and complete the form. You will receive an email with the downloads. If you do not receive the email, contact us at [email protected]

The Church of Second Chances Overview, Sample and Flyer
Rev. Charles Atkins, Jr.
Supervisor of Chaplaincy Services, NJ Department of Corrections
“The Gospel of Jesus Christ stands as a force that can transform the structure of social inequality by transforming the lives of those who are actors and victims within this system. While I support the large legal efforts to challenge and change the criminal justice system, these efforts take years and while that time is being spent, people who are currently caught up in the system need ministry. It is important, therefore, for Christians to learn about this reality.”
Jens Soering
Primary contributor to the program and author of The Church of the Second Chance: A Faith-Based Approach to Prison Reform
“Hopefully, when you finish this module on Prison Reform, you will have a better understanding of major aspects of America’s correctional crisis. By the end of the program, you will have the background to choose an area of prison reform advocacy that suits your particular talents and opportunities, while understanding how your individual efforts fit into the larger picture. Instead of prescribing ready-made ‘solutions,’ this module is designed to help participants develop their own means of ‘liberat[ing] the prisoners.”

Affordable Pricing for Groups

Churches, Parishes, Organizations


Program Includes:

  • Comprehensive materials for each session
  • Facilitation scripts and guidance
  • Immersion guidance
  • Direct access to program staff for support
  • Additional resources – $26 per participant
    All other materials are web-based


The Church of Second Chances

Available until June 30, 2018.

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Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

“There is a strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy. When you experience mercy, you learn things that are hard to learn otherwise. You see things you can't otherwise see; you hear things you can't otherwise hear. You begin to recognize the humanity that resides in each of us.”