1. Discipleship ends immediately following a woman’s release regardless of her need for support facing challenges outside of prison. Women have to find employment and new housing, break ties with abusive partners or family members, and/or reconnect with their children on their own.
  2. Transition homes are typically state-run. Violence is common amongst ex-prisoners and the houses often become recruiting grounds for drug dealers aware of the womens’ financial vulnerability.
  3. There is a great need for housing facilites for released women that will provide a protective atmosphere and staff who live on-site who can offer resources for day to day living as well as continuing the discipleship process.
  4. Most women will not have the initiative or boldness to walk into a church. As a result, many who came to faith in prison are now left to navigate their Christian walk alone. For those paroled women who can’t relocate to a faith-sponsored transition home, there is a need for “Marketplace Chaplains” who will disciple them individually or in groups, meeting with them regularly and bringing them into a local church body.
  5. Many of the women who participated in the Discipleship program had their scores drop on the post-test. Interviewing them as a follow-up to this trend I found that most of them had a more realistic and honest view of themselves and Christ than they did when first taking the pre-test. These results that may have initially appeared to be bad news actually reflected the successful effect of this program on the hearts and minds of these women.