JMOC Mission / Vision / Core Values Statement
Every volunteer who desires to minister with the Jail Ministry of Otsego County must agree to the following statements before being allowed to join our Volunteer Staff.
The mission of JMOC is to assist the inmates of correctional facilities in Otsego County and their families in entering into or coming to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, receiving thereby His assurance of eternal life and the transforming power of His Spirit to live improved and more purposeful lives in this world.
We see committed Christian volunteers from the community interacting with inmates of Otsego County correctional facilities on a variety of levels. Corporately, through offering worship, Bible study and fellowship opportunities, and individually by sharing their faith in Jesus and His life-changing power with the inmates the volunteers will have a beneficial impact on the attitudes and actions of those to whom they minister. By the teaching and encouraging of Biblical values, the lives of inmates will be transformed so that they might become productive members of society, as well as faithful members of God’s eternal Kingdom. On the social ministry level, we see JMOC volunteers cooperating with the administration of the correctional facilities and with other social agencies to connect the inmates and their families with needed health and human service resources.
The day-to-day work of JMOC is greatly determined by the spiritual and moral values held by all those persons committed to the success of the ministry. The Steering Committee discussed the values that form the basis of JMOC and which motivate the actions and behavior of all participants. These values are as follows:
• Jesus Christ is the way to eternal salvation, the author of all that is true and honorable, and the one who empowers people to lead transformed lives.
• JMOC volunteers believe that like themselves, inmates are created in God’s image and are cherished by Him.
• JMOC volunteers believe that through them Jesus ministers to the whole person in progressing toward goals of spiritual, emotional, psychological, social and material well-being.
• JMOC volunteers seek to minister to inmates and their families by forming authentic personal relationships with them, even as the Lord ministers to each of us in love on a personal level.
• The Gospel of Jesus teaches forgiveness, compassion and healing love as foundational in ministering to people in need.
• JMOC volunteers see forgiveness, compassion, and healing love as critical components to minister to inmates.
• JMOC volunteers are careful to maintain the highest standards of integrity and confidentiality in their dealings with inmates and their families.
• JMOC volunteers will offer the love and message of the Christian Gospel as a means to draw near to Jesus and live a purposeful life freely and without coercion.
• Those who volunteer to work with JMOC have come to this commitment through prayer and a sense of calling from the Lord.
• JMOC volunteers will honor their commitments to the ministry by their prayers, preparation and timely presence.