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“Our Work is Not Over”

February 6, 2020

Rose Booker Jones graciously gave me her expressed permission to share with you here something she wrote on 12.12.19 —

As many of you know, June 2018, I experienced a near-death experience that prompted me to early retirement.

During this time of healing and recovery, today, I completed 3 CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) units as Resident Chaplain from Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS.

My assigned medical unit was the trauma and intensive care units. While caring for the patients and families, God granted me healing and preparedness for the next journey in my call.

On this day of completion, this prophetic message is before you.

As followers of Jesus Christ, our time for “Preparedness” is now. The definition of “preparedness” is a state of readiness. Spiritual leaders should prepare for the challenges to come.

Many of our churches are living in a chronic state of grief, sadness and denial for what once was, making it impossible to move forward and make disciples of Jesus Christ. As spiritual leaders, are we prepared to provide the spiritual guidance needed to walk with our churches through the challenges?

Congregations will experience the trauma of schism, conflict, and spiritual warfare. Are spiritual leaders prepared to mend the brokenness, manage the conflict and come clothed in the full armor of God (Eph. 6)?

Preparedness involves teaching/training congregations to learn skills to manage anxiety, conflict and negative behavior through the methodology of God’s love.

Our work is not over. It has shifted.

She. Speaks. Truth.

Thank you, Rose, for calling us forward!

Amen?

 

 

 

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