Why Prison Ministry?

We are Christian Library International. We are a prison ministry working to make disciples in the world’s incarcerated population.

Christ commissioned His followers to go and make disciples, to teach them His commands. We believe Christ loves the incarcerated and desires a relationship with them. As a prison ministry, this is core to our mission to make disciples in prisons.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
— Matthew 28:19-20

More than two million Americans live behind bars today. Their families and communities are affected by incarceration. We believe when you reach inmates with the gospel, their lives will change. When their lives change, so will their families, communities, and the world.

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

We are all sinners, all in need of Christ. All in need of God’s grace to be saved and know Him personally. There is no difference for inmates. We believe that through prison ministry, we are able to share truth with the least of these, make disciples, and fulfill the great commission.

Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison...
— Hebrews 13:3

Most importantly, prison ministry is a testament to God’s goodness. We believe that serving in prison ministry brings glory to God. Making disciples causes us to depend fully on the Holy Spirit to change and empower men and women in correctional facilities. All of the glory, honor, and praise for the work of this prison ministry belongs to God.

Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.
— Psalm 142:7