FCA is an educational component of the FOCUS Christian Transition Program. This program was established to offer classroom training which focuses on: spiritual foundation building, life disciplines (e.g., parenting skills and addiction support groups, etc.), relationships, money management and accountability. It is our belief that men and women need to be well prepared for their new life of freedom just prior to and upon release from prison. Since its inception, more than 600 men have participated in FCA. Students have come from all the East Tennessee prisons/jails since 2008. The program provides “faith-based” alternatives to many of the classes required for parole. FOCUS Group Ministries Women’s FCA program started several years ago and has graduated several women as well.
Discipleship Classes are conducted through the Chaplains’ Departments (e.g., Experiencing God, Purposed Driven Life, etc.) These studies help Christian inmates develop a closer relationship with Jesus Christ, as well as learn to live in loving, Christian community while still in prison/jail.
Life-Skills Classes such as “Abundant-Life Skills, Inside-Out Dads, Romantic Relationships 101, and Personal Financial Management help to provide much needed skills, as well as a focused “Life-Plan” to help men to cope with post-release life stressors that often resulted in them coming back to prison in the past.
FOCUS Women's Ministry has a program to disciple women inside the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex, Knox County Detention Facility and Roane County Detention Facility. A variety of classes ranging from Bible study, budget and finance, to parenting and life skills are taught.