Chaplain's life learning program Syllabus

All program participants must request to come to the chaplain dorm, and we will accept anyone (barring classification issues).  All who come receive a copy of the rules and have the option of leaving at anytime.  We use a detainee's overall participation in the program as a gauge for suitability in our transitional program.

PROGRAM GOALS: To provide a thoroughly Bible-centered program to demonstrate how faith touches every area of life; to show how sin and self in both thought and deed contributes to life's problems; to provide an atmosphere in which inmates can learn and apply these principles in microcosm; to provide spiritual counsel and prayer throughout their incarceration; to assist with the transition back into the "free world" whenever possible.

CLASS PARTICIPATION. All program participants are expected to be dressed and ready for class on time.  We engage in roughly fourteen hours of instruction a week.  Instruction time includes mostly expositional teaching from the Bible, as well as lessons on anger management, conflict resolution, racial interactions, drug and alcohol abuse, dealing with authority, ethics in the workplace, parenting and family matters, and the Christian worldview in general.

WORK.  In addition to our class time, inmates must complete the following in a time-appropriate manner to remain in the program.  The workload is below. 

  • Level One

    New inmates to our program must complete at least Bible eight lessons a week and are encouraged to complete all 224 individual Bible study lessons within their first ninety days. These lessons take inmates through entire books of the Bible, with each lesson containing fifty-six true-false, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and essay questions. As such, by the time inmates earn their certificate for Level I, they have answered 12,544 questions by reading and re-reading these thirteen books of the Bible:

    • John (32 lessons) 
    • 1 John (8 lessons) 
    • Philippians (8 lessons
    • 1 & 2 Thessalonians (8 lessons) 
    • Ephesians (8 lessons) 
    • Romans (24 lessons) 
    • 1 & 2 Corinthians (32 lessons) 
    • Colossians (8 lessons) 
    • 1 & 2 Peter (8 lessons) 
    • Genesis (40 lessons) 
    • Galatians (8 lessons) 
    • Acts (40 lessons)
  • Level Two

    After inmates complete Level I, they begin a reading and writing reviews of seven preselected books and one commentary of choice from the chaplain library. These books span categories including:

    • Knowing God and Salvation
    • Finding One’s Sufficiency in Christ
    • Submission to Authority
    • Knowing God’s Will
    • Learning How to Read the Bible
    • An inmate completing Level II receives both a certificate and a leather-bound MacArthur Study Bible.
  • level three

    Inmates continue their reading and writing program with seven more preselected books and another commentary of choice from the chaplain library. These books span categories including:

    • Practical Christian Living
    • Dealing with Anxiety and Depression
    • Parenting
    • Marriage
    • An inmate completing Level III receives both a certificate and a leather-bound copy of the Valley of Vision prayerbook.