Texas Field Ministers

Description of the Work of the Field Ministers

Working under the supervision of the Unit Warden and Chaplain, listed below are duties in policy for Field Ministers.

1. Community Service Ministry
Field Ministers may be assigned to unit-community, service-oriented ministries:

  • Intake/Orientation at Unit of Assignment
  • Mentoring
  • Personal Improvement
  • Re-Entry/Pre-Release
  • Tutoring
  • Become a Certified Field Minister Trainer in a Field Ministers Reading Acceleration Center (The Heart of Texas Foundation provides this training)

2. Crisis Ministry
Field Ministers may be assigned to crisis ministries for their peers:

  • Funeral/Memorial Services
  • Geriatric
  • Grief Counseling
  • Hospice
  • Hospital

3. Counseling Ministry
Field Ministers may be assigned to counseling ministries:

  • Family Reconciliation
  • Forgiveness
  • Tier-Walking (General Population, Medium Custody, Close Custody, Administrative Segregation)                                                                                            

4. Faith-Based Ministry
Field Ministers may be assigned to faith-based ministries in Chaplaincy religious programming and/or Field Minister-led ministries:

  • Discipleship Classes
  • Prayer Leaders
  • Preaching
  • Worship Service Planning and Conducting

Additional Ministry Proposals

  • Unit Senior Wardens and Chaplains may propose other ways of using Field Ministers to the Field Ministers Advisory Council.
  • Once assigned to a unit, Field Ministers shall be allowed to propose new ministry activities to the Unit Chaplain and Warden for initial approval. The Field Minister Coordinator will submit the request to the Field Ministers Advisory Council for final approval.
Field Ministers daily share the gospel of Jesus Christ all over the state. Field Ministers first learn to walk the tiers of men in restricted housing, most commonly known by the public as solitary confinement. Field Minister Chad Carney serves on the Memorial Unit Field Minister team. Chad walks the tiers at Memorial daily, leads men in restricted housing in workouts, serves as a Professor Assistant in the college, and is a great team player and dear brother on the Memorial Unit Field Minister team. In this video, Chad sings a song he has written called “This Heart of Texas.”