At the beginning of June, Mark and Q had the great opportunity to attend the 2018 Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association Summit on the campus of Wheaton College just west of Chicago. We met and networked with a lot of great prison ministries from around the country, and attended helpful workshops and plenary sessions which were relevant to our particular ministry.
Workshops we attended include:
Spiritual Greenhouses: Church Planting Behind Bars (Dwight Anderson)
Creating Church Culture for Correctional Ministry (Dr. Harold Dean Trulear)
The Onesimus Project: Welcoming Former Prisoners (Don Allsman)
Empowering Returning Citizens in Church Life (Mark Vander Meer & Greg Chandler)
Empowering Released Citizens to Plant Churches (Bob Engel)
We were also privileged to spend some time with a couple of other Colorado prison ministries - Chris and Suzanne Mays from Doing HIS Time, and Dick and Carol Gott from In HIS Name - as well as Dr. Don Davis and some other brothers and sisters from The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI).
We pray the Lord will use what we learned at CMCA to better equip us for this ministry, and we thank Him for all those whose support made it possible for us to attend!