A PRAYER MINISTRY MODEL
BY T. F. TENNEY
The Prayer Leadership Team
This is the inner circle or steering committee. This group initially met weekly for about a year, and then began to meet semi-monthly. This was a small group of 12 people who were interested in stronger prayer
within the congregation. It quickly fell to 8 members, all of whom remained after 2 years. The first 6 meetings were centered on a prayer class, with video and workbooks. At every meeting, time is reserved for
small group prayer. The members from this group become leaders of the various activities. A person takes responsibility for the task, and recruits help from the group and from the congregation. No one is pressured to take a leadership position, most have done so.
Church Leadership Needs
We called each person in leadership and asked for their prayer needs. These prayer needs were circulated to individuals in the congregation as well as the prayer leadership team. Prayers of thanksgiving were
solicited in response to the answers to previous months’ prayer needs. This activity, serves several purposes. It brings God’s power and wisdom to the activities of the congregation. It keeps the leadership
aware of the prayer ministry, and of the importance of prayer. It allows you to remind the leadership of the results of prayer.
Every Member Prayer
An early activity was to insure that all members were lifted to the Lord in prayer on a regular basis. This activity has a group of people, who agree to pray for one person each day, and send that person a note
telling them that they have been in their prayers. There are enough people that every person (adult and children) in the congregation is prayed for. This activity brings immediate benefits and blessings to those for whom prayers are offered, it brings greater joy and blessing to those who offer the prayers, and it serves to bring the congregation closer together.
A weekly bulletin insert is created that has materials related to prayer, prayer needs for missionaries, and for the local congregation.
One Day and half day classes in a workshop format Created and taught by the Pastor and other congregation members. Vacation Bible School emphasis on prayer. Adult Bible class study on prayer.
This is a traditional calling tree of people who have agreed to receive intercessory prayer needs. Prayer Line Phone number can be published in the Phone book and Yellow Page ad. Non-member prayer line calls should have follow-up as a care ministry and as evangelistic outreach. Electronic devices can be used to extend the reach and make the prayer line more effective. The prayer line must not degenerate into a gossip line. Most churches with prayer lines don’t utilize them to their full potential.
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