Kairos is an ecumenical Christian ministry
designed for use in state and federal men's and women's
correctional institutions in the United States and throughout the world. The International Board of
Kairos Prison Ministry, Inc., with headquarters in DeBary, Florida, governs this ministry.
Kairos is conducted in cooperation with the chaplains and wardens of correctional institutions,
by teams of laity and clergy who are qualified by their experiences in Christian renewal programs. Team members are selected, trained, and certified by area governing bodies of KAIROS and approved by correctional institutions as citizen volunteers.
The Strategy of Kairos is to establish a strong Christian community among
the residents of correctional institutions. This is done by the presentation of a 3-day short course in
Christianity. It is presented by an interdenominational team of about 55 persons for a group of 42
residents. The chaplain carefully selects the inmates from the prison population.
The ideal recruits are those residents who are presently the leaders in
the institution. There, they become Christ's agents for change in
their environment that ultimately can bring about change in the attitude
and quality of life for the entire institution.
The primary goal of the Kairos ministry is to teach those who attend the
weekend to become part of a share and prayer group.
This allows them to share their lives on deep spiritual level and pray for
Many times, the members of these groups find their peers who have not been through a Kairos program coming to them and saying, "I don't know what it is you've got, but I want it!"
... and then they introduce their friend to