FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions. If you have a question about the Christian Science Joint Institutional Committee of Missouri (JIC) and do not find the answer below, please feel free to contact us.

What is Christian Science?

According to the website ChristianScience.com, “Christian Scientists believe in one, infinite God who is All and all-good. They believe that God is not distant and unknowable, but that God is all-encompassing and always present, and that each individual is loved by God, cared for by Him, and made in God’s image—spiritual, not material.

Christian Scientists believe in the Bible and in Christ Jesus as the Son of God, or promised Messiah. And they believe that Jesus’ teachings and healing work expressed scientific Christianity, or the application of the laws of God—laws which are still practical and provable today, by anyone, anywhere. Christian Scientists consider the Commandments, as well as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, to be central to their lives and practice of Christianity.

Above all, Christian Scientists believe in the saving, healing power of God’s love—that no one is beyond redemption, that no problem is too entrenched or overwhelming to be addressed and healed. In other words, Christian Scientists don’t believe that salvation occurs at some point in the future, but that the presence of God’s goodness can be experienced here and now—and by everyone.

One of the best ways to learn more about Christian Science is to explore the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.”

The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, was a lifelong student of the Bible.  She was healed instantaneously through prayer after a severe fall on the ice that was diagnosed as fatal. This healing turned her attention even more fully to Christ Jesus and his directive to his followers to do the works that he did. When Mary Baker Eddy began healing others, many people, including physicians, asked her to write down how she did it. The result was Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, published in 1875. This book became a textbook for seekers desiring to understand the Bible better and to apply the laws presented in the Bible to their lives.
In 1879, the Church of Christ, Scientist was organized “to commemorate the word and works of our Master [Christ Jesus], [and to] reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing.” (Church Manual, page 17)

For other frequently asked questions about Christian Science, click here.

What is the Christian Science Joint Institutional Committee (JIC) of Missouri and who oversees/regulates its activities?

The mission of the JIC (as stated in its Bylaws) is to share the healing and regenerating truths of Christian Science with inmates and/or patients in local, county, state, and federal penal, correctional, juvenile, mental health, veteran, and other institutions in the state of Missouri. The JIC is comprised of members of Christian Science branch churches and societies in Missouri and its activities are overseen by participating churches and governed by its Bylaws.

How does an institutionalized individual get a JIC volunteer to come talk to him/her?

Institutionalized individuals or their family members may contact the JIC if they would like the JIC to send Christian Science literature, correspond through the mail, or arrange for a Christian Science conference.  Contact us here via email  or see our address here to write us a letter or fill out the online contact form.

Who can volunteer with the JIC?

Members of Christian Science branch churches or societies in Missouri, or Christian Scientists who don’t live near a branch church or society can volunteer with the JIC and support its healing mission in a number of ways: literature distribution at local institutions, provision of Christian Science church services and/or chaplain conferences, prayerful support, branch church representation, correspondence (letter writing) with institutionalized individuals, special projects and financial donations. To find out how you and/or your church can participate, please visit our “Volunteers” page.

How can I support the JIC?

You can support the healing mission of the JIC financially by donating here, or by volunteering if you are a Christian Scientist who lives in Missouri (click here).

How does the JIC help people once they are out of an institution?

The mission of the JIC (as stated in its Bylaws) is to share the healing and regenerating truths of Christian Science with institutionalized individuals through one-on-one contact in conferences and church services and by providing study tools. These tools continue to be useful resources once an individual has been released.  Other resources to support individuals “on the outside” include Christian Science church services on Sundays, testimony meetings on Wednesdays, public Christian Science Reading Rooms and many web resources (here); this information is included in an “exit packet” provided to individuals upon their request when they are released.

Does the JIC go into institutions to convert individuals who are a “captive” audience?

The work of the JIC is to support each individual’s divine right to understand his or her relationship to God and in so doing, find freedom, healing and regeneration. The motive for undertaking this work is not to ‘spread’ Christian Science, enlarge church membership, or convert individuals, but to respond to those seeking spiritual growth. Our outreach programs have helped many inmates and patients to overcome physical, mental, emotional and spiritual challenges through application of the truths taught and proved by Christ Jesus. The JIC was formed in obedience to the Christian command to “love our neighbor.”  See “Fruitage” for examples of healing and inspiration experienced by those we serve.