Incarceration to Incorporation (I2I)
Incarceration to Incorporation
We believe that many of the men and women who will lead the urban Church are currently incarcerated. There are amazing leaders who are redeemed and called, serving time behind bars.
World Impact partners with reentry homes, local churches and mentors to move these leaders toward success and incorporation into a caring body of believers through our ministry initiative, Incarceration to Incorporation (I2I).
Ways We Live Out I2I
- Prison Fellowship, Prisoners for Christ, The Cell Church, Bethesda Leadership Institute, AWANA Lifeline, and Serving CA
- We open up pastoral leadership training homes for men and women coming out of prison and have partnered with many reentry homes across the country.
- The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) classes are available at 68 jails and prisons and multiple sites around the US.
- In Wichita, TUMI is offered in Hutchinson Correctional Facility, and we partner with Firm Foundations Ministry.
- In San Francisco, we partner with several churches. The pastors of these churches spend multiple days a week mentoring, discipling and empowering the men and women released.
- Our partner ministries make it possible for us to identify prisoners with pastoral and leadership potential, provide them with resources, locate housing upon release and connect them with a local church.
On any given day in America, there are 2.3 million adults in lock up. 95% of those inmates will be released and face unique challenges that make it difficult for them to be successful on the outside. Some of those who re-enter society have come to know Christ while they were incarcerated. The best way for these men and women to be successful and not go back to prison is to connect with a mentor and a home church.
When an inmate comes to know Christ and receives a vision for ministry, what are they to do? They are not able to go to a local church to be discipled and trained. That is why we partner with like-minded organizations, like Prison Fellowship, to provide mentors and educational opportunities through TUMI as well as spiritual discipleship. When men and women are paired with a mentor, they are more likely to succeed on the outside, reducing recidivism by 29%.
A safe place to live is just as important as mentorship. As we develop and partner with transitional training homes, we are attending to the entire reentry process. By creating and partnering with homes that focus on continued mentoring, emotional and spiritual support—along with TUMI training—men and women re-entering society will be much more likely to stay out of jail in these safe and supportive environments.
It is imperative for Christian ex-offenders to have a place to worship, fellowship and serve. We come alongside men and women re-entering society to pair them with a home church that is conducive to good decision-making. The local church plays a key role in mentoring, encouraging and incorporating the ex-offender into their congregation. Through full incorporation, these men and women will be equipped and empowered to lead their churches and communities for Christ.
“World Impact and TUMI breathed new life into me when I surrendered to Jesus Christ while in prison. They provided vision, they provided hope, and they provided me with a unapologetic Perspective on the Gospel message which changed the entire trajectory of my life.”– Michael T. Vander Horst
“I first learned about Jesus when I was a little boy living in Chester, Pennsylvania. Everyone that grew up with me during those days knows that World Impact saved my life, keeping me out of trouble when all hell was breaking loose around me.”– Minister Duke Toler
“I have learned to trust in the Lord and that nothing is impossible with Him. God has heard my prayers. I have seen families being restored; people winning their life-long battles with alcoholism and drug abuse; teenagers learning that God is faithful. It is a blessing to serve with World Impact.”– Jessica Moore
“Through all the studying and teaching, God has used TUMI as medicine for my soul and spiritual growth.”– Zoila Sánchez
“For 10 years, I struggled greatly with my calling and ministry. I was on the verge of giving up and walking away from the ministry when I heard about World Impact. It brings tears to my eyes every time I think about what World Impact means to my community and me. I am forever grateful and overwhelmed with joy and hope.”– Rev. Desmond Wedderburn
“World Impact understands urban ministry in a way very few others do. Their intentional focus on indigenous leaders is an amazing asset, and I am honored to be in partnership with this ministry.”– Chris Brooks