Jonesboro pastors pray for peace, people and police

Several people gather to pray for peace
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Several different Jonesboro pastors and congregation members came together to pray for peace, people and police Monday night.

Amid recent tragedy and protests across the nation, Pastor Adrian Rodgers of Fullness of Joy Church decided to bring Jonesboro together through prayer.

Rodgers said he wanted to pray for peace in our city, state, and country.

The entire sanctuary at Fullness of Joy was filled Monday night.

"We had to bring in extra chairs, it was a phenomenal service, we believe we can bring about change peacefully and without chaos," Rodgers said.

Nine Jonesboro pastors, including Rodgers, prayed together with members of each congregation.

"It was just absolutely awesome to see the place filled," Rodgers said. "Every pastor I called and asked if they would participate they readily agreed, no one said no. We are from different denominations, different races, and everything, but we came together to lift up one God and also to lift up our city, state, and nation."

Several law enforcement officers also joined in the prayer.

Rodgers said it is important to pray for these good officers that work to protect and serve.

"Law enforcement is a good thing," Rodgers said. "I would not want to live in a city without it, and so we wanted to honor good officers that were here tonight and everybody came by and shook their hands and told them how much we appreciate them," Rodgers said.

Rodgers said change can come about if people come together to love first.

"If people can come together and love each other and then lovingly have good discussions then we can bring about change," Rodgers said.

He said this is just the first step. Rodgers and other pastors are working to set up a forum for people in the community and police to better understand one another.

Rodgers said he believes Jonesboro is taking a huge step in the right direction.

"Jonesboro is setting the standard of how all cities should handle this situation," Rodgers said.

Pastors that prayed included Stan Ballard, Don Martin, Shadun Duncan, Glen Conley, John Miles, Matt Smith, Adrian Rodgers, John Lawrence and Ted Taylor.

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