Become a Praying Church

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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General Job Description

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.

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