For many people whom God calls into ministry, the acceptance of that call is a given. God calls, they answer. For Kim Jones, it wasn’t that easy. God called and she pulled a “Moses,” arguing at every turn. As she looked at her life, her walk and the mistakes she had made during both, she assured God that He could find a better person for the job if he would just look around a little longer.
The battle raged for on for almost a decade, with Kim working in ministry in the capacity of Christian Music writer, worship band member, singer/songwriter, youth leader and counselor to any and every person that came to her with a need, but she would never commit to the full-time step of being a Pastor. She and her husband Brian even formed a Christian rock band called Road to Revelation in 2003, performing locally and regionally and doing outreach ministry with youth, college groups and bikers.While she loved singing and serving others, and she didn’t feel uncomfortable talking to large groups of people, the thought of preaching terrified her.
That fear had to be met head-on the first time Road to Revelation played outside of a church. The coffee house that they were playing at always had a guest Pastor come in and share a message during the night. A week before their show, the owner called to tell them that he had decided, after reading some of Kim’s devotionals, that he was going to have her speak/teach for the 30 minutes, rather than having a Pastor come in and do it. “I was scared to death that I wouldn’t be able to make my living and vibrant Savior come alive in a ‘formal sermon’,” Kim explained. “I probably drove Brian and God crazy that week, writing, re-writing, reading to Brian and pestering God every pause in the conversation about what a bad idea it was.”
Even though she found herself speaking and teaching more and more over the next five years, Kim continued to argue with God over being a Pastor. However, in 2010, God’s patience and persistence won out and she accepted that He had been preparing her since she committed her life to Jesus at age 10. Kim fully accepted her calling, receiving her Ordination shortly before Christmas.
This wife and mother of six sees her congregation/parish as the whole world. She believes that Jesus met people where they were at, so if she is going to represent his love, she has to follow that path. Kim is frequently found opening her home or meeting people on their own turf, counseling over the phone and even using Facebook chat to reach out to those in need that God puts in her path. From personal chats to speaking at events and conferences to speaking at a United Nations event in 2016, Kim combines the experience of living for nearly 50 years with a love for people to deliver an experience rather than just a speech.
“Being a Pastor isn’t just a job, it’s a 24-hour, 7 days a week calling,” Kim shares. “Grief, pain, anger and anguish don’t stick to ‘office hours’ so I can’t either. When the devil can get you alone in your own headspace and isolate you by either the time of day or the type of trouble you find yourself in, he can do the most damage.” She continues, “We, as the body, have got to stop letting our own discomfort get in the way of our ministry. When someone is hurting, if we don’t make ourselves available, not worrying about the lateness of the hour or the subject matter, the devil will be more than happy to take our place … but it won’t be help that he is offering!
- Contact Kim about writing or speaking to your organization via www.thumbtack.com (a great place to find service providers in your area)
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