Kairos is a Christian, lay-led, ecumenical, international volunteer prison ministry, in which men and women volunteers bring Christ's love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals and to their families.
Kairos consists of three programs:
Kairos Inside Ministry, begun in 1976 Kairos Outside, begun in 1991 Kairos Torch, begun in 1997.
The Men's and Women's Ministry addresses the spiritual needs of prisoners. Kairos volunteers go into prisons in teams of 30 to 40 to pray, share the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, share meals, and fellowship with the incarcerated on a one-to-one basis. The first visit is a three-day event, during which time the team teaches a short introductory course on Christianity. Subsequent visits are monthly half-day reunions with the prisoners over a twelve-month period.
Kairos Outside provides spiritual healing to families of the incarcerated, who often feel that they too are 'doing time'. Spouses, parents and other relatives of prisoners meet with teams of Kairos volunteers to share their faith and gain strength from Christian community.
Kairos Torch provides a ministry to youthful offenders, the most rapidly growing segment of the prison system. The initial weekend is followed by an established mentoring program that includes one on one mentoring of the youth, emphasizing Christian concepts as a means of helping them make better choices for their lives.
Kairos Ministries currently operates in 270 prisons in 33 states, England, Australia, South Africa, Costa Rica, and Canada. More than 170,000 incarcerated men and women have been introduced to Kairos, since its inception. The current number of volunteers exceeds 20,000 per year.