A community, spiritually freed from the effects of imprisonment
reaching to all impacted by imprisonment through the
Love, Hope and Faith found in Jesus Christ.
The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of imprisoned men, women and youth – as well as their families – to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.
Kairos Prison Ministry International (KPMI) is a Christian based ministry which addresses the spiritual needs of imprisoned men, women, youth and their families. By sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, Kairos hopes to change hearts, transform lives and impact the world.
Kairos sprang from the Cursillo movement and is support by volunteers from the 4th day movements such as Anglican Cursillo, Catholic Cursillo, Lutheran Via de Cristo, Upper Room’s Walk to Emmaus, Tres Dias and volunteers from many churches. As a ministry, Kairos embraces a diverse group of volunteers working together to fulfill Christ’s call to action as found in Matthew 25 vs 36:
‘ … When I was sick you took care of me and when I was in jail you visited me.’ CEV
Kairos Prison Ministry UK (KUK) was formed in 1997 (a joint venture between 2 ministries which known as Kairos APAC). This partnership was dissolved in 1999 with KUK offering its 3 programmes whilst APAC changed its name to Kainos.
KPMI (and KUK) are ministries of the Christian church … a ministry of the apostles whom Jesus Christ called into community and sent forth into the prison environment. KPMI has been called the best example of the early church in existence today.
An extensive 4 year recidivism study in the USA concluded that 55% of released offenders return to prison where as the figure dropped to 16% for those who had attended a Kairos programme. In the study this equated to 7,902 fewer offenders (at $ 26,500 per person pa as compared to £ 34,766* in England and Wales) returning to prison with a resultant $209.4 million savings to the taxpayer.
(* Ministry of Justice Information Release dated 17 October 2013).