Prison Ministry

Prison Ministry

Prison Ministry

The Prison Ministry provides biblical instruction to prison inmates through a partnership with Crossroads Prison Ministries. Individuals correspond with inmates who complete Bible courses and send in the mail for feedback. Learn more about Crossroads at

Become an Instructor

If you are interested in becoming a Crossroads Instructor, complete the volunteer form. You will receive a formal application, which you will complete, along with a recommendation from the Parkside pastoral staff.  You'll receive detailed instructional materials to familiarize yourself with the Crossroads program, its goals, and procedures. As an instructor, you always remain anonymous.

The Process

Many instructors at Parkside Church have found this is a rewarding way to be involved in sharing the Gospel with seekers and discipling young believers, in a non-threatening and effective way. Once your application has been approved, you'll be able to enter the rotation to review inmates' lessons:

1) Pick up one or more lessons each Sunday.
2) Grade and correct these using the answer sheets you will receive from Crossroads.
3) Write a one-page letter of encouragement to the student.
4) Mail the corrected lesson and letter directly to the student.
4) Report the student's score to Crossroads by e-mail, phone, or mail.

Recent Blog Posts More

  • May

    Crossroads Prison Ministries Workshop 2019

    We will host a volunteer training workshop on Saturday, May 11 for all current Crossroads Prison Ministries mentors and for anyone who is considering becoming a mentor. The training will be held in the Venue from 9:00 am-noon with Douglas Cupery, Director of Church Mobilization at Crossroads' headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    The purpose of the workshop is to hear how God is using Parkside mentors to affect the lives of prisoners, to provide training for mentors, to connect more experienced mentors with newer mentors, and to develop a network of fellowship among Parkside Crossroads mentors. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

    If you are a Crossroads mentor or have any interest in becoming a mentor, please join us on May 11!

    There is no cost for the workshop but, please register so that we can have enough materials and food prepared.

  • Ministering to Those in Prison

    Remembering the Prisoner

    For more than 16 years, Parkside Church has partnered with Crossroads Prison Ministries to provide biblical instruction to people in prison. Our volunteers currently serve 155 prisoners, both men and women, out of the 50,000 individuals that Crossroads reaches each year. While these numbers represent significant and meaningful help, more volunteers are needed to reach the more than 2.4 million people who are incarcerated in the United States alone.

    Serving in a Different Way

  • Mar

    Crossroads Prison Ministries Luncheon

    We will hold a free luncheon on March 25 at 12:30 pm for anyone currently involved with Crossroads Prison Ministries or for those who would like to find out more about it. Douglas Cupery, Director of Church Mobilization at Crossroads Prison Ministries will be here from Grand Rapids, MI for the luncheon, which will be held in the Venue.

    This event is also open to those outside of Parkside Church who are interested in attending.



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