*This post is the first in a series written to cast the vision and convey the purpose of Covered Law Enforcement as a ministry.
One of the greatest joys in my life is to see the excitement of my two-year old daughter, Olivia, as she worships God and prays. I’m beginning to understand what John meant when he wrote, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth” (3 John 1:4). It’s my responsibility to point her in the right direction and equip her with the necessary spiritual disciplines, but it will be up to her to walk her journey of faith.
As I’ve mused over what exactly it is that the Lord wants from me and Covered Law Enforcement as a ministry, I’m constantly brought back to my calling. I have the heart of a pastor and the passion of a prophet. In Ephesians 4:11-12, Paul relays the ministry of pastors and prophets (along with apostles, evangelists, and teachers), which is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. God has spoken specifically concerning the very unique Covered logo. It will be used for many purposes, one of which is as a tool for sharing the faith (this topic will be addressed further in an upcoming post – Covered Law Enforcement: An Evangelistic Ministry).
In God’s order, the Church (not speaking of a denomination, association, or building but the collective group of believers at all times and everywhere) is to function as a body, a living organism. “As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love” (Ephesians 4:16). I’m concerned about growing the body, building up the Kingdom of God. That task is bigger than me or this ministry, and is solely about Jesus Christ.
It is my task and mission, then, to promote solidarity and identity by equipping Christian law enforcement officers with the tools and opportunities to grow in grace and the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18) so that they can do the work of the ministry in their respective localities and bring about spiritual renewal within the profession.
My vision is that Covered will become the universally recognized symbol of Christian law enforcement, a sort of unifying banner that will bring us together in our like faith and help equip us to go back out and tell others about Jesus Christ.