Something . . . anything . . . something . . . anything. No Christian of even the youngest faith can fret over a “call to prayer.” I’ve said for years that new church plants had two ministries, “get ’em here” and “keep ’em here.” I’ve added a third ministry – “pray it here!” For those who are going to sing in a service, or serve as hostesses welcoming the new people – surely you can convey to them the importance of God’s help. You can seek and find God’s help in prayer. You can seal them on it. Of course, you have to be there too – this time, next time and every time. If church starts at 10:00 make it simple – have these key people meet you for prayer at 9:30 – pray 15 minutes and then get them to speaking faith about their expectation of the service.
The Ministry: The Prayer Program Begins With You
Virginia Church Planter Travis Worthington recently said it was a great joy was seeing people in their baby church learn to pray. The only way he is seeing them learn to pray is if they are seeing and hearing him pray; and the church planter is giving them instruction in prayer. You can develop praying people – even out of brand new people. It is what you expose them too. Do they hear you pray? Do they see you pray? “Preacher, no pray lot; people, no pray little!” Start working prayer times into your gatherings and make them simple but push people to join in praying for someone else. You are equipping them. https://carltoncoonsr.com//product/questions-pentecostals-preachers-ask/
Pray With Purpose
Heaven waits on prayers – a little one with a vial full of the prayers of the saints holds heaven in abeyance to the point that at what would seem to be a busy time, the strongest angels in God’s arsenal were on hold. Thirty minutes. Pray with the purposeful sense that your prayer will affect things and will do so quickly.
Get your Church Plant Prayer Program started
- You have to be there at any prayer meeting yourself, your spouse needs to be there.
- Start with Conveience – pray 15 minutes before church starts. Emphasize that service participants had to pray! “No pray, no Play” – not the drums or keyboard.
- As time goes forward the prayer will affect the service in a powerful way. When that happens toss out the suggestion of expanding this prayer for fifteen minutes.
- Start with sustainability. If you cannot keep it going, then it will be a learning experience clothed in the garments of failure.
- Enter the prayer program knowing you will need to vary the approach at times, whether it is you to sometimes direct it, other times the prayer time is quieter, on occasion very intense. Emotion is not the objective – answered prayer is the objective.
- Make prayer, real prayer time an expected part of each church service.
What are some things you have seen work to establish a sustainable prayer ministry in a church plant?
Carlton L. Coon Sr.