Freedom in Christ Prison Ministry

Anaconda, MT   |  https://ficprisonministry.com

Mission

Transforming lives at Montana State Prison through the power and presence of Jesus Christ.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Bea Rosenleaf

Pastor and Mission Developer

Rob Nedbalek

Main address

PO Box 617

Anaconda, MT 59711 USA

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EIN

45-5145621

NTEE code info

Services to Prisoners/Families (I43)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Prison Ministry

Freedom in Christ is the only prison ministry providing a pastor, inside the Montana State Prison, on a full-time basis. The State of Montana does not contribute to the Pastor's salary. The ministry survives on the gifts and donations received from the generosity of individuals, churches, and organizations.
The pastor leads worship services, pastoral care of inmates, bereavement visits, funerals, and baptisms. The ministry is a worshiping community of the Montana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Even though we are part of the ELCA, Freedom in Christ is an ecumenical community, welcoming everyone of every faith to join us.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 2012

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve the population of the Montana State Prison - approximately 1600 inmates and staff. Due to prison regulations, the inmates are not allowed to be members of a congregation, and because they have no money, we rely on outside individuals, churches, and community organizations to support the ministry financially. As a result, we communicate with our outside supporters and do annual phone calls, emails and newsletters. During a recent ministry review all support segments of our community were contacted and asked questions to gather information regarding the ministry and how it operates. Pastor continually gathers comments and suggestions from the inmates, and we visit with prison staff on how we are doing.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email, conversations with individuals,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Due to our recent ministry review, during the last year we have taken a deep dive into our operations and ways we can improve. Strategic planning is now being worked on and one item the board wants to work on is program development to expand our services beyond a worshiping community.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Since we serve the incarcerated, there is no shift of power. However, the pastor frequently visits with the guys asking them how worship and studies could improve, or what topics they would like to discuss. We also call our supporters and donors annually to ask them how we are doing.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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Freedom in Christ Prison Ministry

Board of directors
as of 05/05/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rev. Kris Mitzman

Montana Synod, ELCA, Retired Pastor

Term: 2019 - 2025

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/30/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/01/2022

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.