RELISHING NEW CHALLENGE: Reverend Jacqueline Peart
REV JACQUELINE Peart is one of Britain’s leading female preachers and teachers. Her ministry is set to undergo a name change, and she has some new things planned for this year. Here she shares them with Soul Stirrings…
SOUL STIRRINGS (SS): You are set to change the name of your ministry Deep Calleth Unto Deep to Jacqueline Peart Ministries (JPM). What's the reasoning behind this?
REV JAQUELINE PEART (RJP): The change of name is simply God’s leading and fine tuning of the ministry; and I believe like with the biblical Patriarchs of old, when God changed a name (Jacob to Israel, Abram to Abraham, Saul to Paul) it denoted a new season that brought purpose; and increase for the Kingdom of God. So it is with JPM.
SS: What impact are you hoping that your new ministry and vision will have on the church and wider society?
RJP: JPM is not a new ministry, but a repositioning that will bring greater clarity to our vision for the church and wider community, which has always been and will continue to be to “transform lives through wholeness.”
SS: You’ve been a Christian for 19 years. What inspired you to enter the ministry and how has your ministry changed over the years?
RJP: A simple answer: God! Ministry was never something I had thought about. I am a management consultant and I thought that was where I would focus. In 1997 when I was invited to speak at a retreat I witnessed the impact first hand of what God is able to do through the Ministry. The Ministry began with poetry and has grown to a speaking, teaching, equipping and transforming Ministry.
SS: Have people shared testimonies of how your ministry has helped them over the years and do any poignant stories come to mind?
RJP: The testimonies of what God is doing through the Ministry is truly humbling. I hear three words continually: ‘Real’, ‘Inspiring’ and ‘Life-changing.’ While on Facebook last week someone wrote the following on my timeline about a women’s weekend I spoke at seven years ago: “You did a talk about all the things we women put on ourselves. And then you held me after while I sobbed my heart out and it released me from my past. I have been totally free since.”
POPULAR: Peart’s Wholeness Academy is in its third year
SS: What are the key challenges you've face as a woman in ministry and what do you think churches can do to encourage and support women called to the ministry?
RJP: To be honest, I know there are challenges for women in ministry as we are not always recognised or even accepted as ministers in all spheres of Christendom. That being said, I am so determined to run my race well and let the fruit of the ministry speak for itself. I believe churches can support women in Ministry by using them, allowing their gifts and talents to be mobilised. I remember David Yonggi Cho saying that his church began to grow when he started to use the women.
SS: Aside from the relaunch of your ministry what else should we expect from you in 2014?
RJP: The Wholeness Academy is running for its third year, part of which includes an annual Wholeness Retreat in September, mentoring programmes and an extended trip to the states.
You can join Reverend Jacqueline Peart at a special event on February 8 at the Holiday Inn Express, 713 Eastern Avenue, Ilford, Essex IG2 7RH. Free admission. To book email REPOSITION to firstname.lastname@example.org