Is it safe to go into correctional facilities?
In over 45 years of ministry, we’ve never had an incident that compromised the safety of one of our Teammates. Safety is of the utmost concern to correctional facilities and BGBTW. Facility security is tight with many restrictions, and we insist on everyone being properly trained and observing our “Do’s and Don’ts.” Facilities often have additional personnel on duty during our visits to provide an extra margin of safety.

How can I prepare myself for this type of ministry?
Pray for the event, the offenders you’ll visit, and for the Lord to prepare hearts to receive His message. Study the BGBTW Equipping materials and training videos on the website, and attend the Equip & Ignite training session. Relax and be yourself. And, remember that you aren’t responsible for the results, but rather to just deliver the message.

What can I wear inside the prison?
Clothing restrictions vary by facility, but in general, you should wear:
Comfortable, close-toed shoes
Casual, modest, and comfortable street clothes that are weather appropriate
Do NOT wear shirts with religious logos or inappropriate messages
Little or no jewelry
More details regarding clothing can be found in the “Teammate Do’s and Don’ts.” Facility specific clothing restrictions will be posted on the website event page, on the postcard mailed before the event, and reviewed/updated at the Equip & Ignite meeting. 

What am I required/allowed to take into the prison units?
The following are the only approved items:
Required: 
Valid driver’s license or government-issued picture ID
Ball point Pen
Generally allowed (but will be confirmed at Equip & Ignite before entering the unit)
Approved BTW materials
Small Bible
Vehicle keys
Medications (limited and only when absolutely necessary)
NOTE: Facility-specific details will be provided at Equip & Ignite. At the facility, expect to be searched and cleared for entry by metal detector, electronic wand, and/or pat-down searches. It is recommended you put your items in a clear bag for ease of inspection.

What about meals while I'm inside the prison?
Most facilities provide a meal. As often as possible, we eat with the inmates. The inmates enjoy it, and it provides additional opportunities for witnessing. No outside food is allowed in the facilities, and leaving the facility during mealtimes is typically not allowed.

How do I register for an event?
You can register for any upcoming event by visiting the home page of this site and clicking on Calendar and selecting Current Events from the dropdown. Once on the Current Events page, you'll be able to select your event from the list that is displayed. Complete instructions for registering for an event can be found in the How to Docs located on the top right hand section of every page on this site. There are separate instructions for registering by desktop and mobile device.

Why do you need all of my personal information to go on one of your events?
To volunteer with the prison system, a criminal background check must be run first. We are required to provide DOB, driver's license number, and in some states the full social security number of all volunteers and staff.

Why is the registration deadline several weeks from the actual event date?
Registration deadlines are driven by correctional facilities. They often require our volunteer list and security information several weeks in advance. 

How do Bill Glass BGBTW prison events work?
Read all about what you can expect on our events by clicking here.

Since BTW programs are Christ-centered, why aren't they held in the chapel?
Our mission is primarily to reach the lost. We strive to conduct our programs in a “non-churchy” way to attract inmates and juvenile offenders who might never enter the chapel or attend any type of “religious” service. By bringing in exciting Platform Speakers, motorcycles and other attractions, we are able to effectively reach the otherwise unreachable.

How much time will I actually get to spend with the inmates?
The amount of individual time with inmates varies, because multiple factors are involved:
Facility visitation restrictions
Type of inmate population
Approval to eat with the inmates
Program times

Am I allowed to witness to the prison officials?
Absolutely! Our main focus is to witness to inmates/juvenile offenders, but if the opportunity arises and doesn’t interfere with an officer’s obligation to work duties, we encourage it.

How do facility assignments work? Will I be assigned to the same facility as my friends?
Facility assignments are dictated by the needs and requirements at individual units and based on several factors such as size of unit/number of inmates, male/female population, age requirements, and the number of teammates the units allow. We make every effort to fulfill group assignment requests, but we cannot always guarantee it. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding.
Details on how to become a Group Leader for an event or how to add yourself to an Existing Group can be found in the How To Docs area. Choose the appropriate How to Register for an Event document and go to the GROUP QUESTIONS section.

Will BGBTW help me find a roommate and/or carpool for the event?
Teammates are fully responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements including transportation and/or a roommate. We understand the need to reduce personal costs as much as possible, so we recommend inviting a friend to register and share in the expense!  

Are Equip & Ignite sessions and other scheduled meetings mandatory?
YES! Every registered teammate needs to attend Equip & Ignite training. We provide as much information as possible about our events in advance; however, circumstances and situations inside correctional facilities can often change even on the day of the event. E&I training is where you will receive the most accurate information about the facility you’re assigned to, requirements to enter, program times and changes, and other very important information.  

If I've already been on an event, do I still have to come to training?
YES! Every registered teammate needs to attend Equip & Ignite training. We provide as much information as possible about our events in advance; however, circumstances and situations inside correctional facilities can often change even on the day of the event. E&I training is where you will receive the most accurate information about the facility you’re assigned to, requirements to enter, program times and changes, and other very important information.

How long will I be in prison?
On average, you can expect to be in the facility 7-8 hours on the day of the event; however, it can vary.

How do I bring Bill Glass Behind the Walls to my area?
We rely on local community support to raise people and funds for events. We need people to serve inside prisons and jails, but we also need volunteers in other areas such as hospitality, transportation, and tech support. We also need intercessory prayer warriors, experienced fundraisers, and more!To start a local team in your area (or join one that might already be in place), please contact the home office at 972.298.1101 or email us by clicking here and ask about starting a local team.

Why does Bill Glass Behind the Walls charge a registration fee?
The Ministry charges a nominal, non-refundable registration fee which helps cover the costs for event materials, training, and either one or two meals. In the event you are denied at a facility or the event is cancelled, your registration fee will be promptly refunded. Registration fees for qualifying First Team members and their spouses are waived for all Weekend and Day of Champion events.

What if I can't afford to pay the registration fee?
Limited scholarships are available for volunteers at each event unable to pay the registration fee. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please contact our offices at (972) 298-1101 and ask to speak to an Event Administrator.









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