A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAPLAIN
BY JEFF KRUITHOFF
I extend you greetings from Middle America and the great State of Ohio. I was extremely honored and thankful to have been selected by the FBINAA Executive Board to act as the National Chaplain for the FBINAA. I am a proud graduate of the 165th session of the National Academy, and would like to extend a special greeting to all my classmates, many of who have already started the road to retirement. I spent 29 years in Law Enforcement in the great state of Michigan spending the last 22 years with the City of Battle Creek. For the past 15 years, I have been an active Chief in the City of Springboro Ohio located in the SW portion of the state between Cincinnati and Dayton. I would never recommend moving from Michigan to Ohio during football season, but that is a story for another time.
My thanks also go out to Past Chaplain Dan Bateman whom I have been able to shadow for the past 6 months. His devotion to his faith and this organization has left big shoes to fill. With God’s help and your indulgence, I hope to find a way to assist with the emotional and spiritual needs of this great organization.
Consistent with that, I would like to invite you along on a journey over the next four years called a “Quest for Excellence”. This term was first suggested by an NA graduate, Commander Michael Deboer (RET) when our agency was initiating a comprehensive organizational strategy in the late 90’s. I have used it several times when “raising the bar” by initiating an organizational move to a higher level of organizational excellence. I firmly believe that excellence in policing cannot be achieved through tactics and policy alone. It also requires practitioners to be emotionally and spiritually grounded to really achieve excellence.
In this Quest for Excellence, we will be exploring five concepts together. They are called the Five “S’s”
SOLITUDE: Spending time each day away from the distractions of our professional and personal life to evaluate, listen, and determine our direction for the days ahead.
SCRIPTURE: Spending time each day reading the time honored wisdom found in one of the numerous studies based on the Bible.
SERVICE: Making a deliberate effort to find time in our lives outside of law enforcement to work in the service of others.
SUPPORT: First, we are taking the effort necessary to reach out to those around us that we see are troubled and in need of emotional or prayerful support. Second, ensuring that we are surrounding ourselves with people who are supportive of our emotional and spiritual needs.
SIGNIFICANT EVENTS: Ensuring that as we experience significant events in our lives, that we use them to permanently alter the arc of our emotional and spiritual development.
These five steps to emotional and spiritual stability and growth can also be coined in the secular terms of the Five P’s:
Pause – Principles – Purpose – People - Pivots.
In the articles during this tenure of Chaplaincy, we will be delving into each of these five topics with more detail, and perspective. I sincerely hope and pray that as we experience this walk toward emotional and spiritual strength together, it will become as important to you as the efforts you make each day toward physical fitness and health which were building blocks of the National Academy experience.
I look forward to meeting many NA graduates during my tenure, and will also be attempting to build relationships with the many local, county, and state police Chaplains around the country. As I begin this new role in my life, please rest assured, that I am open to any suggestions on how best to address to the emotional and spiritual needs of our membership.
In conclusion, one of the routine duties of the NA Chaplain is the extending of condolences, on behalf of the NA membership, to police agencies that have lost an officer in the line of duty. I believe strongly in the power of prayer, (Matt. 21:22 “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” NASB), and its ability to provide peace to families struggling with grief, loss, or death. Please help your State and Sections representatives get this information to the National NA Office, or myself by email, so that these families and departments can be lifted up in prayer.
Until next time.
Jeff Kruithoff, Chaplain
(The concept of the Five S’s and Five P’s is used with the permission of its originator, Charlie McMahan, Senior Pastor, Southbrook Christian Church, Miamisburg Ohio.)
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