Getting Started

Getting Started with a Prayer Ministry

  1. DO IT– Pray. Don’t talk about it. Do it. Pray before you plan. Pray before you do anything else. Above all, let prayer lead the way in developing a prayer ministry. Tarry in prayer. The flesh will want to plan it into being. The Spirit will want to prayer it into being. Pray for prayer – a spirit of intercession. Pray for pray-ers – an army of prayer warriors. Pray for wisdom and direction in prayer. Pray for God to identify prayer leaders. Pray for a passion for the lost. Pray for God’s unique design for the prayer ministry of your church.
  2. ENVISION IT– Pray aloud, “By faith, I see …” Have the participants fill in the blanks. Let prayer, bathed in faith, quicken your hearts with the possibilities for prayer ministry. Don’ hurry. Wait in prayer.
  3. RECORD IT– Have someone record the ideas. “By faith, I see … us prayer walking the city … (another) … with healing teams … praying regularly for the mayor.” Some things envisioned in prayer may be immediately forthcoming. Some may only unfold after years of faithful persistence. A record might encourage late-comers that God had a huge mission in mind from the beginning.
  4. TALK IT UP – Keep sharing ideas for prayer. Enlarge the circle. As more people are exposed to the things stirring in the hearts of a few, the Lord will call others into the process. And the vision will become clear.
  5. PRIORITIZE IT– Begin to separate the ideas about which you have prayed and talked into categories – Do immediately, Do as soon as possible, Do later, Wait on the Lord. Develop an action plan. Keep committing it to prayer. Keep it fluid.
  6. STEWARD IT – By now, a core group has emerged who want to see a formal prayer ministry become a reality. Some will have a passion for prayer, but not be gifted as an organizer. Ideally, you want an intercessor who is also gift leader with evidenced maturity to serve as your team leader. Team is a key word. This is not a one-person job. A prayer ministry demands a team. Designate the team members. Keep the roles loosely defined in the discovery and exploratory phases.
  7. WORK IT – Transform the vision, with its priority categories, into action steps. Don’t stop praying. Pray and plan. Work and pray! Keep enlarging the circle of people meeting to move the prayer process forward.
  8. GROW IT– With the core vision given the group in prayer, now expose yourself to all kinds of ideas. Don’t copy other prayer ministries, but do learn from them. Assign each of your team members a different book to read on prayer ministries – not just prayer. Come together. Have them share insights.
  9. EVALUATE IT– In light of what you are learning, how balanced is your plan. How likely is it that you can accomplish all your goals in the time-line you might have set? Have other prayer ministry leaders from other churches assess your plan. Get pastoral approval. Make sure your team is on board.
  10. EXECUTE IT– Even as you put your plan in action, keep it flexible. You learn by doing. As you conduct prayer events, you will see gaps in prayer theology and practice. Teach and train into those gaps. Then test the learning by another doing event. Build slowly – teach and execute; train and deploy. Set reasonable goals. Make them measurable. Expect resistance. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

First Steps

PRAYER MINISTRY FIRST STEPS

The FIRST YEAR Discovery Process

How do you begin a prayer process in your church?

Have an envisioning evening for the launch of a new level of prayer ministries in your church! Do some of these things:

  1. Share the stories of what God is doing through prayer.[1]
  2. Show one of the shorter transformation videos.[2]
  3. Talk about the need for prayer – and the joy of prayer.
  4. Describe your vision for prayer ministries in the church.
  5. Spend a good share of the time praying – pray individually, pray into the vision for prayer!
    1. SAY: We announced an evening to talk about prayer ministries, and I am delighted that you came. What brought you here? Let’s pray that to God! “God when I heard about this meeting … my heart leaped … I knew you were calling me to this …”
    2. SAY: What do you envision happening in our church by prayer? Let’s pray that to God! “God, the desire of my heart is to learn to pray … so many of us want a closer walk with you … Lord, would you teach us to pray?”
    3. You could ask these questions and get “shared” responses. But when the people pray their responses, the effect is different! Dramatically different.

After the meeting – Appoint a local church “prayer discovery task force.”

  1. Composition of the team – the team should be primarily composed of people who have a sense of “call” to prayer ministry. This is not your permanent prayer leadership team, although we would expect that some permanent prayer leadership team members would emerge from this group.

 

  • Size of the task-force – probably about 12.

 

  • The diversity of the task-force, if possible, should be comprised of young and old, male and female, single and married, black and white, Pentecostal background and non-Pentecostal background.
  • Consider a staff liaison to the task force (although for purposes of vision, your involvement in the early stages will be very important). It would also be helpful if there was an elder as a part of the task force, or at least a liaison.
  • Along with the prayer discovery task force, you will want to formally identify your “prayer council.”[3]

 

  1. Function of the task force.

Create a prayer resource manual detailing all the prayer activities already exist.[4] This would be in initial form a “ragged” notebook in which all the various activities and initiatives of and out of prayer were compiled in one volume. This notebook is NOT FOR PUBLIC consumption. It is a for-our-eyes-only compilation of existing prayer activities.

 

  1. Conduct a survey of prayer ministry interest in the congregation.
  2. Suggest and promote prayer learning/experience options in the next six months.
  3. Explore options for prayer ministry in these areas:
    1. Discover the appropriate “level” of intensity for the prayer ministry (note the various and intensifying levels):
      1. An aggressive, balance, integrated prayer process?
      2. … with a dedicated prayer room?
      3. … or with a prayer center?
      4. … with a 24/7 prayer process?
      5. … with a 24/7 center? [5]
      6. … with a 24/7 city-impact center?
    2. Function of intercessors.[6]
  • Interface of prayer and mission (prayer evangelism[7]).[8]
  1. Prayer support for ministries; and integration of prayer into ministries.
  2. Identifying prayer resources useful for Metro.
  3. Ways and Means to teach and encourage personal-devotional prayer.[9]
  • Development of a prayer discipleship, teaching-training plan.

 

  1. Structure of the task force

 

  1. The Senior pastor serves as the “visionary leader” of the task force. You need a person with good strategic planning/thinking skills. Staff liaison. An elder (council) should be a part of the team or one appointed to serve as a liaison. The functional team leader should be appointed by the Senior pastor.
  2. Within this task-force we would create “focus-teams” where possible around the interest of the members of the team …
    1. Each focus-team would be composed of 3 individuals from the “prayer discovery team” with a possible addition of 2 additional members from the congregation.[10]
    2. Focus-teams recommended:[11]
      1. Prayer Center focus team.
      2. Intercessors focus team.
  • Prayer-Evangelism focus team.
  1. Youth-Prayer focus team.
  2. Personal/Family Enrichment focus team.
  3. Prayer Ministry integration focus team.

 

 

 

  1. Schedule of the task force …

 

  1. Month One – appointment of the task force.
  2. Month Two – orientation of the task force …and structuring of the focus-teams.[12]
  3. Month Three – addition of the “at-large” members to the focus group teams; specific assignments of the focus-teams.
  4. Month Four-to-Six – focus teams work, meeting as necessary; the task-force meets not less than monthly.
  5. Month Seven – Resource manual is compiled detailing all Metro prayer ministry activities; focus-group reports and recommendations are assembled.
  6. Month Eight-to-Nine – Task force translates focus-group recommendation into a 3-5 year prayer implementation plan.

 

  1. Process …
  2. The Senior Pastor must cast the vision for Church’s prayer ministry. A part of the discovery phase will be our prayer support for God to speak clearly to the Senior Pastor about Metro’s blueprint for prayer ministry.
  3. Alive Ministries: PROJECT PRAY (Or some other prayer coaching network) would serve at the pleasure of the Senior Pastor in the area of “architect” – helping to translate the vision for prayer into a strategic process in conjunction with the focus – discovery teams.
  4. At the end of the discovery phase, a permanent prayer leadership team would be appointed with a prayer-coordinator … and the prayer implementation plan would unfold.[13]

 

 

Learning Components

 

Your prayer ministry advances on two legs – learning and doing. Most of our people have to be “taught” to pray, how to pray. Learning leads to doing. And doing reveals the “learning gaps,” the areas where more teaching is required. Low levels of participation are often indicators of fear. When people are invited to pray, they do not know what might be expected of them, so they avoid invitations to prayer. Teaching, especially experiential learning, helps them become accustomed to prayer.

 

Learning

  • PRINCIPLES
  • PRACTICUM – principles applied, how is this practiced?
  • PICTURES – stories, examples, illustrations

 

Doing

  • Where are you in your PROCESS – are you on track; on schedule? Ahead, behind? Has your response been what you thought it would be?
  • What are your current PROBLEMS/SUCCESSES?

 

Sustaining the Plan

A 3-5 year transformational process should be planned and carefully laid out! Each of the above team members should be looking to build their teams in each of their areas.

 

The first phase of building a prayer ministry is “discovery.” Develop a plan. That plan should include all four dimensions on two legs. The two legs are “learning” and “doing.” Prayer is better caught than taught. The doing events give expression to the learning events, and test the depth of interest in prayer in the church and your capacity to mobilize. The doing events show the gaps in learning – and the learning should always be tested by the doing!

 

If the leadership team is not a praying team and is not open to learnthe prayer ministry will fail. If the leadership team does not become a team – if they pursue their “pieces” of the prayer ministry without a seamless approach to prayer, without regard for the whole, without a sense of where the prayer ministry is to take the church, namely to revival, then the prayer ministry will fail and competitive prayer options will emerge. Humility is an essential! Prayer should change the ethos of the whole church.

 

[1] There are a number of stories that I shared regarding prayer in the leadership seminar. You can replay them as video or simply retell them. Here are some websites from which you can often pull inspirational stories. Be careful, not all “Prayer Stories” sites are Biblically sound. And not all stories true. I often check out stories on this site: http://www.truthorfiction.com/index-prayers.htm  A reliable story site is http://www.guideposts.com/request_prayer.asp  Another site is www.inspirationalprayer.com as well as http://www.brethren.org/ac/CallToPrayer/Stories.html

[2] The video I use is “Transformation II – Preview clip.” It is shorter than either Transformation I or II and contains excerpts from both. Available from: www.sentinelgroup.org or by calling 800-668-5657  They have a number of excellent videos documenting the work of the Holy Spirit around the world out of prayer.

[3] The “prayer council” would be comprised of all the leaders for every prayer ministry already in existence. These people are the backbone of the current prayer stream of any church but they have rarely been convened. Sometimes their interests in prayer are so specific in focus that they have not connected with other people of prayer in the same church. By bringing these people to the table, we will advance the discovery process. Some members of the discovery task force should be drawn from this group, but not exclusively. The discovery task force may interface with this group several times. And when the task force is transitioned into a prayer leadership team, that prayer leadership team will continue to relate to this prayer council. As new prayer ministries are launched, the leaders of those ministries are added to this council. The goal is a non-competitive seamless prayer process in the local church.

[4] This is probably a 2 – 3 month project. The manual would list each “prayer ministry,” the person designated as the leader. The purpose of the prayer ministry – its focus, its target participants, the frequency and duration of its meetings, the length of time in existence, a vitality rating, a projection for its future including ministry expansion plans and maximum number of participants anticipated. See attached sheet – sample prayer ministry profile sheet – for more information.

[5] The creation of a 24-7 center requires 168 man-hour volunteers. I would not recommend that as an immediate step. Further, without 24 hour on-site security, you have additional complications. At this point, I would recommend that your team consider a prayer center which is staffed during certain peak-use hours, open for use during certain other daylight hours. Around this day-time function, you can begin to build a continuous 24 hour prayer stream combining prayer-center activity with at-home prayer chains. Again, I would not make the “24 hour” model my top priority. CAUTION: You want to launch a prayer process that is sustainable given the amount of manpower which the church can allocate to it presently. That is a decision which we can wade into as we determine the level of interest and test commitment with church-wide prayer exercises during this discovery phase.

[6] At some point, we may want to convene just those who feel called to do the work of intercession. And as a part of the discovery process, we will want to look at “teaming intercessors.”

[7] Al VanderGriend has combined a 3-word phrase which is a blueprint for prayer evangelism – prayer, care, share. These three words reference the connection between the “great commitment – prayer,” the “great commandment – love,” and the “great commission – sharing the gospel.” Much of our “great commission” work in America as evangelicals has been without a “deeds of kindness” social interface. As we pray for our community, the neighbor around our church and the city, God wakes up in our people unique ways to express his love – thus prayer translates to our being available for God to love our city through us; and such sincere prayer for our city, combined with loving acts of kindness, opens doors for the gospel.

[8] This includes, but is not limited to the way the prayer ministry connects with the city-church.

[9] This may be anything from bulletin inserts to additional congregational prayer exercises; it may also include prayer experiences, continued teaching of prayer both at the church-wide level, and in the discipleship arena.

[10] These additional team members would be drawn from the pool of people expressing interest in prayer at meetings such as the one we had last evening.

[11] With 6 “focus teams” and a 12-member discovery team – each focus team leader would serve on only one “focus team (exceptions could be made) and each team member would serve on two focus groups (allowing for some cross pollination of ideas). These teams would be given assignments

[12] Somewhere in the Month 2 – 4 period, an overnight retreat for this leadership team would be helpful; or at least a full-day in-town planning meeting to prepare it for the next 3 months of activity.

[13] This does not mean that no prayer implementation will take place before that time. In fact, a part of discovery will be prayer learning and doing experiences along with the affirmation and reshaping of existing prayer ministries. We want to avoid running head-long into piece-meal implementation without a long-term understanding of the Church’s prayer needs.

The 4-dimensional Model of Prayer

Most churches have a single-dimensional model for prayer. They have a prayer meeting that is one-style, one-time, one-leader for all. They are limited in terms of the prayer formats that are used. The prayer focus is routine and too narrow. Intercessors sometimes take over the prayer services with a level of passion too hot for the typical participant not accustomed to such fervent prayer! At other times, prayer meetings degenerate into a litany of prayer requests.

What is needed is a multi-dimensional model. A growing church needs many opportunities for prayer – different times and places. It needs a prayer ministry that is diverse in its focus.

There are four areas which need to be intentionally developed if the church is going to have a balanced prayer process. These are not exercises in prayer or even prayer ministries. These four areas represent the way in which we should measure and balance the prayer ministry.

The Four-Fold Focus

  • A praying people – personal transformation. At home, daily prayer. Family prayer times. Couples connecting in prayer. Fathers and mothers, praying with children. The discipline of gratitude at meal times. Holiday prayer. Fathers blessing their children. Moms and Dads praying over fevered brows. Homes that are consecrated. Homes where the act and sound of prayer is not strange.
  • A praying church – total dependence upon His hand! Doing the business of God – prayer. And doing nothing without prayer. Making the church a praying church – living out of His presence, depending in His strength, serving beyond ourselves.
  • Identified and Mobilized Intercessions – the prayer engine of the church is intercession and intercessors. These people are called and gifted to pray. All of us are to be intercessors. But there is a core of people with hot-hearts for prayer. Find them. Affirm them. Disciple them. Mobilize them. Train them. Debrief them. Direct them.
  • Prayer Evangelism – Claiming the harvest by prayer. Asking for God’s presence to anoint as we love the lost open to the gospel. Prayerfully looking for the opportunities to share the good news of God’s love. Conduct prayer walks and prayer missions. Ask every Christian to begin to pray for unsaved friends and family. Prayer and the harvest must be connected.

Seven Commitments to a Praying Church

  1. Led by a praying pastor, and aided by a prayer leadership team, we commit to bring prayer to the heart of all we do! “Without Christ, we can do nothing!” Therefore, our resources, spiritual and material; our plans and programs, we will bathe in prayer.
  2. We will encourage at-home, daily, to-be-like-Jesus praying. We will reestablish our personal and family altars. We will embrace the discipline of daily times with God, with one another as couples, and as families. We will champion the idea of prayer rooms/closets.
  3. We will call our congregation to regular ‘Great Days of Prayer!’ with the goal of establishing a regular prayer meeting for the entire church at least monthly, if not, weekly. We will make the prayer meeting as important as Sunday Morning singing and preaching.
  4. We will honor those who carry a special calling to pray – We will identify intercessors, encourage them, train them, team them, deploy them and debrief them.
  5. We will engage in prayer evangelism, turning prayer outward onto the neighborhood, the city, state and nation – and we will adopt a mission field for prayer, one near and one far. We will pray for the harvest. We will seek to identify the people for whom God has made us most responsible, and we will begin the process of evangelism in prayer, look for ways to care, and steward the opportunities to share the gospel.
  6. We will work toward the creation of prayer room or center, a physical space dedicated to prayer at our church, and we will encourage the use of such a space by members and prayer groups. We will provide resources for prayer – that run through all our departments, until we have a praying church, and not merely a prayer ministry.
  7. We will offer regular training in the area of prayer – for our people, leaders, intercessors, prayer evangelism, our youth and children, our families.

The goal of a praying church is first to create a core group of people committed to prayer, with an initial goal to enroll 20% of its membership in some aspect of the prayer process. The focus is on changing the habits of the people. At-home prayer and at-church regular prayer meetings are two legs on which the prayer process advances. Eventually, the regular church-wide prayer event should spawn prayer groups (7 for each 100 members). These prayer groups (3-12) operate around a specific focus for prayer! (Life-effectiveness is 6-18 months) PIT crews (personal intercessory support teams) should be considered. It takes 3-5 years to affect the culture of a church! 

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Solemn Assembly

A ‘solemn assembly’ is the mechanism we find in Scripture to accomplish corporate repentance. For more than two decades, we have been doing identificational repentance in America. But it is not enough. There has been no revival. It is right to consecrate, to set apart, to create the space and time for God to do a work. But identificational repentance, consecration in behalf of another – these are not enough. Such prayer cannot take the place of authentic, personal and widespread awareness of how we as a nation have offended our holy God. Intercessors, a remnant, have been praying and repenting. But the church itself, even the ministry leaders, have not torn their garments and wept at the potential of calamitous judgment. There are too few tears among Christians.
Solemn Assembly is a foreign term today, but it was the mechanism given by God to deal with national sin. In an age of hyper-individualism, we privatize everything. But sin, like a toxic liquid or vapor can’t be confined by barriers and borders. The pollution it creates requires a group clean-up effort. When a family sins, there are family consequences (Joshua 7; Prov. 15:27; Acts 5:1-11). When a city sins – it must repent (Jonah 1:5-9). When a people sin, the nation they constitute must repent before God. The idea is not mystical. If the sin, the destructive social and moral actions continue – the nation, the city, the company, the family will implode. It will self-destruct. Acceptance of sin as normal pervades and permeates. It removes all the protection that moral law and restraint provided, and does so in the name of freedom. The result is not only toxic, in terms of attitude and behavior, it is deadly to both the individual and to the social entity.
Every nation, every city – has ledger in heaven, an account of sins and of righteous deeds. In Ezekiel 14, God declares if “a nation sins” it will face judgment. God is the “governor among the nations.” Faith is not merely a ‘private’ thing. “He increases the nations … destroys … enlarges … and straightens them again” (Job 12:23). Edward Payson declared that “the perfection of God’s moral government … extend[s] to nations and communities, as well as to individuals.” James Hervey noted, “How then shall He that is Ruler among nations, maintain the dignity of His government over the kingdoms of the earth, but by inflicting national punishments for national provocations?” Spurgeon said, “National sins demand national punishments … God’s dealings with mankind proves that though a nation may go on in wickedness … multiply its oppressions … abound in bloodshed, tyranny, and war … an hour of retribution draws near. When it shall have filled up its measure of iniquity, then shall the angel of vengeance execute its doom … at the bar of God each man must be tried for himself. [But] … The punishment … of nations, is national. The guilt they incur must receive its awful recompense in this present time state.” John Knox said the moment of national judgment came when iniquity was so manifest, that even the flatterers could not excuse it.
Multiple times, Israel called a Solemn Assembly. They repented. Fasted. Sacrificed. Turned from sin. And God sent a revival. At times it was the king, at other times a prophet or priest who called the nation to repent. Solemn Assemblies have been critical in America history as well. The early Presidents frequently issued calls to prayer in the face of emergencies. John Adams declared, “The safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God.” Lincoln said, “The awful calamity of civil war … may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins. … We have forgotten God … We have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become … too proud to pray to the God that made us!” Imagine a President saying that today, in response to September 11, or floods or tornadoes, or the rising tide of national debt?
The last authentic call, by a President to a genuine solemn assembly of penitence, fasting and humility, in consideration of the connection between national calamity and sin – was arguably Lincoln, April 30, 1863. We are 150 years overdue for a genuine national solemn assembly called by a President, Congress or the Supreme Court. Barring such a happening – national judgment may be inevitable.
“Why should I pardon you? Your sons have forsaken Me And sworn by those who are not gods. When I had fed them to the full, they committed adultery And trooped to the harlot’s house” (Jeremiah 5:7).

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Congregational Prayer Ministries Coordinator

One of the goals of the Church of God Prayer Ministries Office is that each Church of God congregation has a Prayer Ministries Coordinator. Does your church have a prayer coordinator? Would you be interested or know someone to appoint in your church?

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The prayer ministries coordinator is a “pastoral level” staff person who oversees the general operation of the congregation’s prayer ministry, all four tracks –

  • Personal/family prayer enrichment;
  • mobilizing intercessors;
  • prayer evangelism;
  • and church-wide prayer activities.

The prayer ministries coordinator assumes responsibility for the operation of the prayer center (or prayer room), whether directly or through delegation, including tracking the organizing, scheduling, staffing and training; providing general leadership of the prayer activities carried on by the center.

With the pastor, the prayer coordinator implements the vision of prayer and the long-term strategic process aimed at mobilizing the whole church in a prayer ministry that touches the city, and the world. With the director of discipleship ministries, a comprehensive prayer training program is set in place.

Specific Responsibilities of the Prayer Ministries Coordinator:

  1. Works with the pastor in implementing vision; works with the prayer ministries architect in translating vision into strategy, and strategic process into an implementation plan (the role of the architect is vision-to-strategy-to-implementation conceptual design).
  2. Implements four tracks of prayer – raising the level of personal at-home, daily prayer among the people, teaching and training them to be a praying people; identifying and deploying, training and teaming intercessors; interfacing prayer with the harvest, calling the entire church to the task of “loving neighbors” into the kingdom of God – prayer evangelism and mission; under-girding the ministries of the church in prayer, and challenging each department to make prayer the common feature of every ministry.
  3. Recommends to the pastor a team of key leaders who will provide staff-level and lay-level leadership in the prayer ministry; and with approval, secures their commitment.
  4. Gives leadership to the ministry of prayer at the staff level (as facilitated by the pastor), to the strategic prayer team, the church prayer council, to implementers, intercessors, and to the prayer center staff. (See the structural chart)
  5. Provides leadership in the areas of prayer training; the prayer center; city-state-national liaison functions; special prayer events; prayer groups; intercessors; prayer evangelism (including lighthouses).
  6. Along with the pastor, the prayer coordinator envisions the entire staff regarding the prayer ministry and trains the prayer leadership team offering similar training to other departmental leadership teams in the aspect of prayer ministry leadership.
  7. Oversees the general prayer ministry of the church, through the prayer council, and stewards opportunities for congregation growth in prayer, and the expansion of vision and mission out of prayer.
  8. Seeks to see the entire congregation involved in some aspect of prayer, mobilizing the entire church as “an army of prayer warriors.”
  9. Sees that the prayer strategy of the church is defensive (concern for the enemy’s tactics, and prayerfully ministering to the wounded, sick and discouraged) and also offensive (vision, mission and evangelism focused). It includes a prayer strategy for protection and for the potential of the church – with balance.
  10. Serves as a liaison between the pastor, church department heads, and the prayer ministry, integrating prayer into every aspect of church life, every department and church venture assuring that the church does not merely have a prayer ministry, but that prayer is the center of all ministry in the life of the church.
  11. Assists the pastoral staff, if necessary, in securing a personal intercessory prayer support team (of not less than 3 persons).
  12. Establishes a structure and team, along with resources, for simultaneous intercession, for each corporate worship service.
  13. Serves as, or appoints, the prayer center coordinator whose role is securing watch leaders, and securing the prayer volunteers, for 24-7 prayer ministry in the center. (See prayer center leader duties)
  14. Develops a process to activate prayer chains, call prayer alerts, as needed.
  15. Establishes a resource library on prayer.
  16. Works to create a prayer training track in the Christian Education department of the church understanding “that to teach people to pray is to teach them to triumph!” Identifies resources for prayer training in all areas of church ministry – children, youth, singles, families, men and women, seniors. Encourages discipleship teaching and training in the area of prayer ministry.
  17. Introduces new converts and new members to the prayer center – by means of an ongoing orientation process.[1]
  18. Helps plan and organize church wide prayer events in the church (prayer advances; workshops; walks; missions; treks; youth prayer).
  19. Works to develop specialized prayer ministry teams: city-prayer focus teams; prayer walking teams; healing ministry teams; prayer counseling teams; etc.
  20. Establishes a relationship with local, state and national organizations active in providing resources and in coordinating prayer at the city-wide level and beyond.
  21. Involves the church in city-wide prayer efforts, state and national prayer emphases (National Day of Prayer; Meet Me at the Pole; Seek God for the City).
  22. Works to establish a network of small groups of prayer.
  23. Develops an information network to get the prayer needs of the congregation to the prayer center and to intercessors; answers to prayer celebrated to encourage.
  24. Establishes a balance between “crisis prayer” in the center for needs; and “vision prayer” in the center for mission and harvest.
  25. Charts the seasons of the church, with the help of the intercessors, looking for patterns of set-backs and advances, asking “When have we had our greatest surge forward? What precipitated that? And when has the enemy seemed to find a door-way open for division and confusion? …” Working with intercessors, praying and watching, observing patterns, we acquire prophetic observations – offered to the elders and pastoral staff for consideration.