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Houston Focuses on Restorative Justice

Contact: Melinda Merillat, Sr. Director of Marketing & PR, College of Biblical Studies Houston, 832-252-0745

HOUSTON, May 28, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The College of Biblical Studies was host to more than 300 pastors and ministry leaders gathering to be informed and inspired to involve their churches and organizations in a movement that is experiencing unparalleled social, economic and spiritual impact upon our state.

Texas has the largest prison system in the country, Houston has one of the largest prisons and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is the largest single employer in our state. The number of women being incarcerated is skyrocketing and Houston is among the nation's leaders in human trafficking activity. Both the social and economic implications are staggering.

Ironically, most pastors and ministry leaders in the greater Houston area have no real idea how all of this impacts their churches and communities.  A small number of churches are involved in prison ministry, but most do not understand the broader idea of "Restorative Justice" which includes everything from prevention methods to re-entry programs.

Restorative Justice Houston (RJH) was birthed out of an interest in creating a college level course on Prison Ministry methods. This grew into a calling of prison ministry leaders throughout Greater Houston and led to the first Restorative Justice event in May 2013. The mission of RJH is to "Serve local pastors by informing, educating and involving them in what the Lord is doing in the greater Houston area prison ministry arena."

Those in attendance left not only informed and inspired but without excuse for not leading their members toward a life-changing involvement in Houston's restorative justice system.

"A great day powered by the Spirit. I believe great things will come and the revival is near." Carol Vance, former Harris County district attorney and Chairperson of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice

Founded in 1976, the history and advancement of the College of Biblical Studies reveals a focused commitment to the city of Houston in their mission:  "The College of Biblical Studies provides biblically based education for the Body of Christ, with primary focus on African American and other minority groups, and equips its students with a biblical worldview for Christian service to the church and the world."

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