Captured Audience – Why I Like Ministering in the Cuyahoga County Jail, Downtown Cleveland

Today was my 4th time going with Morris Eason, a great man of God, and now I’m officially hooked. I’ve made the commitment to get there every other Thursday morning. I don’t know what each guy did (I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know). But all I do know is when I leave I’M refreshed and rejuvenated. So what’s the big deal:

jail bars

1. They are at the end of their rope and they aren’t trying to fake it.

Too many times I work in churches where we feel like we have to put a happy face on and act like nothing is wrong with us. In the jail… there’s something wrong with everyone.

2. It’s fresh ministry.

When I preach at church, I have a detailed outline. My message is scripted and practiced. I have Power Point and visual illustrations. In there, I have me and my Bible and whatever they want to talk about. That’s a big deal! Pastors need this kind of “trusting the Holy Spirit to work” kind of ministry.

3. They can’t get up and leave if the message is bad.

Like I said, they’re definitely a captive audience. Seriously, they don’t have the choices that you and I have. They don’t complain about the music. Not one guy has mentioned that the seats are uncomfortable. They’re in that room with me to hear God’s word an to be fed spiritually.

Question: when was the last time you stepped out on a limb and tried something new in your spiritual walk?

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