The Development and Evaluation of a Discipleship Curriculum for Incarcerated Women
This work includes a study guide titled "Free to Be a New Woman". This study guide was designed to help women be set free to live a full life in Christ. The dissertation reviews discipleship and tests the effectiveness of the study using pre and post study evaluations. More
This project sought to develop and evaluate a discipleship curriculum for incarcerated women. Jesus commissioned all Christians to make disciples and teach them (Matt 28:18-20). Within the walls of prisons, some women know they have sinned and are in need of redemption. A court has convicted them, and they are serving out a sentence that reflects part of the consequences of their transgression. Many are trapped in a downward spiral of a destructive lifestyle that has resulted in a wilderness of hopelessness and shame.
A prison sentence affords these women a time to reflect on their lives and accept the gift of salvation that Jesus Christ offers and turn their lives over to His leadership. An assortment of discipleship curricula is available, but one was needed to address the needs and special circumstances of women in prison specifically.
An effective discipleship curriculum for incarcerated women would emphasize issues such as self-worth, shame, abuse, and forgiveness. It would also seek to promote the development of a biblically accurate view of God and assist in the establishment of spiritual disciplines to encourage progress toward spiritual maturity. In addition, a discipleship curriculum for women in prison would give them guidance in developing a plan for continued life and growth in their relationship with Jesus Christ long after they have returned to their communities. Their return as women who follow Christ will produce productive, law-abiding members of their communities and allow them to disciple their children, breaking familial cycles of criminal behavior.
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