Kairos Prison Ministry International shares the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to incarcerated men, women, youth and their families. Kairos started in 1976 and is now in 37 states and nine countries. Kairos sprang from the Cursillo movement and is supported by volunteers from the 4th Day movements such as Cursillo, National Episcopal Cursillo, Presbyterian Cursillo, Lutheran Via de Cristo, The Upper Room’s Walk to Emmaus, and independently ecumenical Tres Dias, as well as by volunteers from independent and non-denominational churches. As a ministry, Kairos embraces a diverse group of volunteers working together to fulfill Christ’s call to action in Matthew 25:36.
The Kairos method of talks, meditations, and individual and group activities is an invitation to incarcerated men, women and youth to enter into a personal relationship with the living Christ. Kairos not only helps Christ in saving souls, but also to put human lives in service – literally to transform prison environments.
Kairos is one ministry composed of three programs:
1) Kairos Inside serves incarcerated men and women living in prison.
2) Kairos Outside reaches out to the women outside whose lives are impacted by incarceration, because families “do time” right along with their incarcerated relatives/friends.
3) Kairos Torch encourages young men and women to share their life journey and change behavior through participation in a long-term mentoring process.
By bringing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ into prison and to the family impacted by incarceration, Kairos is widely recognized as a highly effective program that positively changes the persons’ attitude and behavior. The Kairos full program involves an extensive Weekend along with regular gatherings through Continuing Ministry.