Correctional Ministries Program Development and Evaluation

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Correctional Ministries Program Development and Evaluation


Number of Lessons: 24Avg. Lesson Length: 24 MinutesTime Required: 24 Hours MinimumLevel: Advanced


This course equips those ministering within correctional and community settings to research, plan, and administrate a ministry program that provides learning experiences to help offenders and ex-offenders encounter the person of God, the truths of His Word, the power of His Holy Spirit, and to transform their thinking and behavior while developing basic life skills.


It was very challenging, but extremely helpful and informative. I feel that it taught me many things that I can begin to apply right away to my ministry.

Course Reviewed: 1 year ago

[What I liked best about the course was] the practical nature of the material. It is immediately useful to my situation.

Course Reviewed: 4 years ago


ProfessorChaplain R. Steve Lowe
  • Claremont Graduate University, doctoral coursework in Criminal Justice
  • California State University, San Bernardino, MA
  • Pepperdine University, MA
  • Talbot Theological Seminary, Biola University, MA
  • BS in Criminology
  • AA in Police Science


  • Determine both a biblically based theology of mission with the incarcerated and a vision and mission with your specific correctional ministry program that serve as personal foundations for theory and praxis.
  • Create a ministry program that provides transformation, motivates key stakeholders, and limits problems and liability.
  • Apply evidence-based practices to your ministry program development.
  • Describe the unique characteristics and diversity issues of offenders and their implications for ministry program development and the creation of learning opportunities.
  • Develop volunteer recruiting, orientation, selecting (screening), training, placing, ongoing tech-support, and evaluation strategies.
  • Discuss the person and the work of the Holy Spirit in the process of teaching, learning, and spiritual formation.
  • Evaluate existing programs, instructional settings, educational materials, and contemporary curriculum models in order to accomplish ministry purposes.


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It teaches how to take the theoretical good intentions and made them practical. It is not easy but necessary. The pieces (readings and discussion questions and [optional activities]) fit together as puzzle pieces.

Course Reviewed: 4 years ago