Our Mission is. . .

To equip mentoring teams for ex-offenders and their families, providing friendships that Teach, Encourage, Assist, and Model a Christ-centered life.

 

Our Vision is. . .

That all ex-offenders who evidence a sincere desire to change have access to a trained mentoring team and a church that provide healthy, supportive friendships, spiritual input, and assistance meeting practical needs.

That these ex-offenders successfully transition from lives of crime and addictions into a community of authentic, Christ-centered friendships that balance spending leisure time together with personal accountability. 

That all children of incarcerated parents who request it are provided with mentors and a welcoming church.

As a result, ex-offenders’ re-incarceration is significantly reduced and their children are averted from the path leading to crime.

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There is probably no better basis for prison ministry than the words Jesus spoke in Matthew 25: “I was in prison and you came to visit me.” In the context of that statement, Jesus was declaring that he himself is the person who is in prison. God places great value on every person, and his word is very specific in mentioning prisoners.

What is the value of one person or family? One man who is transformed can become a real father, raise his children to follow God, work an honest living instead of being a burden to taxpayers, and even minister to others so they don’t fall into the same trap that sent him to prison.

So How Do We Do It?

TEAM sends volunteers into prisons to present a relationally based ReEntry program.

TEAM has mentors who provide discipleship for those reentering community, with emphasis on developing strong Christian character, to help them make a successful transition back into society.

TEAM encourages former inmates to become involved in the ministry.

TEAM is a decidedly “Christian” ministry that believes only Jesus Christ has the power to truly transform the human heart.

 Our Statement of Faith. . .

A creed is simply a statement of faith.  T.E.A.M. Mentoring utilizes “The Nicene Creed” as our faith statement:

THE NICENE CREED

 We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made.

For us men and for our salvation he came down from Heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in only one holy *catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen

*Catholic in this context refers to the universal church

 

TEAM Core Values

T.E.A.M. Mentoring  is guided by a set of Core Values that we strive to live by as we seek to make our vision a reality and fulfill our mission:

We Value Accountability.

We voluntarily answer for our actions, words and motives. We confess our wrongs, turn from them, and make amends. We expose our temptations, struggles, and failures to each other and accept assistance. We challenge each other to love and to do the right thing. We yield to the counsel of mentors and right-living friends. We submit to authorities and obey the law.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

 

We Value a Servant’s Heart.

We use our words and personal strength to build up each other, rather than to dominate, intimidate, or manipulate. We willingly give our time and resources to help each other without expectation of recognition. We are faithful in the small matters. We treat each other and ourselves with respect: neither one-up nor one-down.

 

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45

 

We Value Integrity.

We do the right thing whether or not someone is watching. We keep our word. We speak and act honestly. We do the details right, and we don’t cut corners. We prove to be trustworthy and dependable.

 

The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9

And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right. 2 Thessalonians 3:13

 

We Value Compassion.

We empathize with those shattered by their own and other’s wrong choices. We offer physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual assistance to empower serious strugglers. We bring hope through Christ’s restoration, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

 

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19

 

We Value Interdependence.

We invest in meaningful, authentic relationships. We live out the “one another commands.” We choose to pursue the Christ-centered life together rather than independently. We cooperate with each other. We work as a team. We listen to each other. We act and speak respectfully to each other.

 

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.  Ecclesiastes 4:12