Kairos Ministry

What does the word KAIROS mean?

There are two Greek words for time. One of them, with which we are all familiar, is ‘kronos’ meaning linear time hours, day’s weeks etc. The other is ‘kairos’, used in the sense of time set by God for a particular occurrence.


‘KAIROS’ was found to be a word of very special significance in the environment of the correctional institution where the word ‘time’ carries so many special connotations.

Kairos mission statement:

The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. is to bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families, and those who work with them, and to assist in the transition to becoming a productive citizen.

The purpose of KAIROS:

The purpose of Kairos is to establish strong Christian communities among the population of correctional institutions, supporting fully the Restorative Justice Programme, Unit Management Programme, and other rehabilitation programmes in our institutions. This is done through the development of small share and prayer groups of inmates/residents in the institutions. These groups are to meet weekly to share their lives on a deep spiritual level and to pray with one another, for other residents and staff in the institutions.

Inside Ministry

The objective of the Kairos inside

Kairos Inside programme is to impact the correctional environment through the building of a Christian community, in all areas of human activity in the prison.

Programme for incarcerated men and women: 

Well-organized and well-trained volunteer teams of men and women from the communities surrounding an institution present an introductory 3-day weekend,described as a short course in Christianity.


This inter-denominational team of volunteers – both clergy and laypersons – works in cooperation with the Chaplain and Institution management who carefully selects up to 42 inmate leaders to attend.

These leaders are selected from long-term influential prisoners.When they change behaviour after accepting the grace and forgiveness of Christ, their change in behaviour serves as a witness and inspiration for those that know them and live with them.


The weekend is followed by monthly reunion meetings to encourage participants to support each other by participating in weekly share and prayer groups.

Torch Ministry

Programme for youthful offenders:

Kairos Torch offers unconditional love and acceptance, encouraging young men and women to share their life journey through participation in a long term mentoring process.

The program begins with a weekend retreat inside the prison.

Torch team members commit to a weekly mentoring process with the youthful offenders for six months after the

Outside Ministry

The objective of the Kairos Outside

The Kairos Outside programme is to demonstrate God’s Grace and Love through Christian support for women who have relatives/friends who are or who have been incarcerated.

Programme for Female family and friends:

Kairos Outside is a special weekend retreat designed to support the female loved ones of men and women who are or have been incarcerated.

Families of the incarcerated “do time” right along with their loved ones. In a safe environment with loving people, women interact with other women who are in similar situations and learn to form small groups to support and give them strength for the challenges they face.

Click here to download the Kairos Outside Reservation Form