The Dickson County Jail Chaplaincy, DCJC, was formed to serve the inmates, staff and community of Dickson County via the Dickson County Jail, in Charlotte, TN. It was formed by the Dickson County Ministerial Alliance in 2011. Pastor Aaron Terlecki ministers 24 hours per week at the jail which is fully funded by more than 20 local churches, volunteers and businesses within the community.
DCJC serves the inmates via prayer and study programs, as well as Bible Study and devotional literature offerings. They also partner with Children’s Services to provide approved parenting classes, help for the indigent and assist with the Journey to Freedom program. Volunteers work closely with inmates providing a twelve step “Celebrate Recovery” styled program. In addition to worshiping Jesus Christ and helping the inmates (and staffers) understand the Word and prefect their walk with God, the Chaplaincy also provides one-on-one spiritual counseling and baptisms. Inmates are often at the lowest point in their lives while incarcerated and many find themselves there as a result of misguided efforts to fill a void in their heart that only God can fulfill – the Dickson County Jail Chaplaincy preaches, teaches and prays earnestly that the Holy Spirit guides the inmates to become receptive to the Gospel and find salvation.
Several verses from the Holy Bible can be recited with regard to preaching in the jail system, a few are below…
“On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17
“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:7
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” 1 Timothy 1:15
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:35-40
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