Welcome to the shared online home for Under the Door (prison ministry) and Inside-Out Connections (ex-offender ministry). Our passion is to be a visible, viable, valuable alternative to the current way of doing prison and ex-offender ministry. We want to go beyond mere concepts or good intentions in order to create a visible model that others can scrutinize and adapt. We want to work in a way that’s sustainable and makes a longer-term impact. And we want to bring something of real value for inmates, ex-offenders, and congregations.

There’s a lot of food for thought here, and a lot of practical help as well. Order copies of the Spiritual Survival Guide for Prison and Beyond, a book we wrote and produced. Download a pdf version of RED Chicago, our new Re-Entry Directory for the Chicago area. Check out a variety of volunteer opportunities. Donate or partner with us. If you’re an ex-offender, come and check out one of our Inside-Out Connections groups, meeting on Chicago’s west side.


COPE Conference

September 9-11, the Coalition Of Prison Evangelists (COPE) hosted an international conference in Indianapolis, attended by our Program Director, Ben Blobaum. Click the link to see photos and more!

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International Summit for Correctional Ministry

The last week of May, our staff and lead volunteer attended the third annual CMCA (Correctional Ministry & Chaplains Association) Summit, a three-day conference, at Wheaton College.

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Weekly Bible Study at Stateville Prison Begins

In mid-February, Program Director, Ben Blobaum, launched a weekly Bible study in the Minimum Security Unit (MSU) at Stateville Prison.

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