Relational Ministry flow

Our unique discipleship process allows us to walk alongside young men from jail, to the re-entry process, and beyond. Over the next 5 years, we will be developing both a Base Camp and a Residential Apprenticeship Program in order to more adequately serve and minister to our young men. Follow our ministry flow below.

01. Jail Ministry

We begin developing relationships early, while our young men are still in jail. Our focus at this stage in the ministry is to build trust.

Objectives​​

Christ Sharing Relationships ​

Gospel Urgency

  • Virgin Birth

  • Perfect Life

  • Substitutionary Death

  • The Resurrection

  • NEW LIFE

Real Life Talk​

Fatherhood Classes

  • "No correction = No Direction"​​

Illinois Youth Center St. Charles

Average Daily Population: 350

We reach out to the residential cottages where youth can be sentenced form 6 months to multiple years. 

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Wednesday:

  • One on one mentoring​

  • Bible Studies

Thursday:

  • We go to Intake processing only

  • Gospel message is presented

Illinois Youth Center Warrenville

Average Daily Population: 70

We partner and train Wheaton College students to bring the love of Christ to these young people.

They currently have ministry in this institution Monday thru Friday, running programs from:

  • Bible studies

  • Worship

  • One on One mentoring​

  • Poetry nights

  • Rap workshops

  • Basketball

  • Music classes

Cook County JDC (Juvenile Detention Center)

Average Daily Population 275 - 500

This ministry is vastly different. There are three floors with each floor serving a different purpose. 

  • The 3rd floor is usually a revolving door with an average stay of 3 weeks.  

  • The 4th floor average stay is 3 weeks to 6 months.

  • The 5th floor houses young men with more severe crimes (murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, etc.), with an average stay of 6 months to multiple years.

 

Our main concern is to form study groups where we present the Gospel message to all the residents.

Currently we equip and mobilize teams of volunteers who are focused on building Christ Sharing Relationships. 

  • Monday  5:30 - 8:30 pm

  • Tuesday  5:30 - 8:30 pm

  • Thursday 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Cook County Boot Camp

Average Daily Population 50

  • Thursday 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm​

    • Bible study/prayer – 20 mins

    • Discussions around parenting, relationships, budgeting, investing and mock job interviews

    • Vocational Training - Carpentry 

      • Reading tape measure​s

        • adding and subtracting fractions​

      • Material and tool identification

      • Tool safety

      • Constructing a simple structure from the floor to the roof

02. Re-Entry/Aftercare

This stage of our ministry includes following up and continuing the relationships we have built with our young men once they are released from jail. Aftercare is a mentorship program including everything from bible study to basketball.

Objectives

  • Christ Sharing Relationships

  • Accountability 

  • One-on-one Mentoring

  • Job Placement

  • Follow-Up Site in Neighborhoods

  • Play Time

Activities

  • Continued Discipleship, Bible Study, and Prayer

  • Meal Time

  • Basketball

  • Flag Football

  • Weightlifting

  • Capture the Flag

03. Base Camp

Currently, we take our young men on Adventure Trips - mentoring them and building them up in the great outdoors. Our hope in the next five years is to break ground on a Base Camp where we can multiply our   Adventure Trips. 

Adventure Camps

  • Rock Climbing

  • Fishing

  • Backpacking

  • Canoeing

  • Whitewater canoeing

  • Mountain Biking

  • Swimming

  • Dayhiking

 

Base Camp

  • Custom Challenge Course

  • Bible Studies

  • Experiential Living/Education

  • Team Oriented

  • Problem Solving

  • Overcoming Challenges

  • Alone Time with our Creator

  • Prayer

04. Residential Apprentice-ship Program

The Created For More Apprenticeship house will be a three year program for our young men over 18. It will serve both as a safe place away from old influences and as a life-skill development program.

Objectives

Establish Business in Construction

  • Young men hired as construction apprentices

Build Life Skills

  • Money Management​

  • Pre-College Tutoring

  • Household Responsibilities

  • Prayer

Heavy Mentoring with Christian men

  • Fatherhood mentoring

  • Christ Sharing Relationship​s

Connect to a Local Church

Contact

Derek Polansky

14336 S Silver Ln

Plainfield, IL

60544 ​​

Tel: 630-523-4756

created4moremin@gmail.com

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