Wednesday, March 29, 2006

RESOURCE - How to Mobilize Intercessors


>>>Note from Phil:
Doug Small is known throughout the nation as a strategic leader of prayer leaders. His newly released book, Transforming Your Church into a House of Prayer provides a foundational theology and a biblical philosophy for pastors and church members who have a passion to saturate their congregation with prayer.

Doug has graciously given me permission to post the entire fifth chapter from the book on this blog. Mobilizing intercessors is a strategic step for every prayer ministry regardless of its size, shape or style.















MOBILIZING INTERCESSORS

•What is Intercession?
Our definition for intercession must not begin with us or with the activity of interceding itself. It must begin with Christ – the ultimate intercessor. . .

•The Focus of Intercession
The highest call of intercession is prayer for the lost, for those not yet reconciled to God through his Son, to come to Christ! By extension, the role of intercessor is one standing between - between Christ and others in need . . .

•The Power of Intercession
Seventy years ago, Norway was no spiritual Eden. Thorlief Holmglad was pastor of a downtown church. His custodian met him as he stepped from the pulpit one depressing morning. “There is going to be a revival in this church!” he optimistically declared . . .

•The Characteristics of an Intercessor

•The Qualifying of An Intercessor

•The Process of Mobilizing Intercessors
Imagine a congregation beginning a music and choir ministry – and paying no attention to the gifted and talented musicians in the congregation. If you want a music ministry, you have to identify and train your musicians. If you want a praying church, you have to identify and train your intercessors. These are the first steps toward the launch of a prayer ministry. Five things need to be done with intercessors . . .

•The Intercessor’s Commitment

•Some Intercessor Do and Don’ts

•Engaging Intercessors

•Pastoral Prayer Support

•Moving Beyond the Church to the City with Intercession

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

For Your Youth Workers


Global Day of Prayer is June 4 - Will Youth be There?

On June 4 - Pentecost Sunday - millions of people will gather in stadiums around the world for prayer and worship to the Lord. In 2005, 52 nations celebrated this event that began just a few years ago in South Africa.

Is there an observance in your area planned for this year? You can find out at the Global Day of Prayer website: www.GlobalDayofPrayer.com. The Network encourages youth workers in each community to "pull a chair up to the table" of the local planning teams, making sure that youth and youth-related concerns find a place on the program. In our experience, Local Networks that assign one or more people to help plan the events have a huge voice in the program.

By the way, the National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 4 (www.nationaldayofprayer.org). Is this another opportunity to recruit prayer for teenagers where you live?
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Connect Your Prayer Team by Phone







What is a "Prayer Conference Call"?

A Prayer Call allows believers to join together in prayer over the phone by using conferencing technology.

Prayer Calls can be hosted by any believer who would like to invite friends, family and colleagues to join them in praying via teleconference at a scheduled time. People who live in different states or countries, or even friends who live in the same town, can schedule a time to pray together, hear each other’s voices and make their requests known to each other and to God in a very personal way.

Here is what one of our users says:
"We had intercessors on the line from FL, GA, AL, DE, MD, and PA...many of us know each other through conferences or past friendships...but never imagined that we could meet to pray together on a regular basis. We are not hindered by distance any longer in meeting together with others of like mind and heart. For many this was a new experience, but it went well. Several do not have any other avenue to pray with others who have such a burden for intercession for our Nation. We appreciate what you are doing and hope that you will catch a glimpse of what God is up to in using your network in enabling intercessors to stand in the gap in a completely different way. Thank you so much for making it possible with your technology.” -Linda Bemis

Never experienced a prayer conference call? Join us starting April 1st as we pray for the upcoming Azusa event. We will be having daily calls each day at NOON Pacific Time for 30 minutes starting Saturday, April 1st and continuing every day until Friday, April 21st. Dial 1-605-990-0031 and enter 29872 (AZUSA) followed by the pound/hash (#) key. You can announce your name and you will be placed in a virtual prayer room with others and a Prayer Leader will lead the prayer session.



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Friday, March 24, 2006

Teaching a Church to Pray ~ How to have a vital prayer ministry


Teaching a Church to Pray ~ How to have a vital prayer ministry
by Daniel Henderson

The pastor who preceded me at Arcade served the church 40 years. Bringing change to this congregation would be either a supernatural work of God or professional suicide.

My first sermon at Arcade stressed the importance of learning to pray in community. Our priority, I said, was to become a house of prayer. Most people are prone to become complacent; instilling a desire to seek after God was essential to revitalizing Arcade for a new level of impact. And that desire had to ignite in the lives of individuals if the church as a whole was to be transformed.

I announced we were looking for people who seriously wanted to pray for the church. I didn't know them well enough yet to select leaders for a ministry, so I sought out people who were already passionate about prayer. A handful volunteered. Along with the current prayer leaders, they formed a core that would lead a prayer renewal.

I trained these leaders in four areas.
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Thursday, March 23, 2006

CPLN TeleConference Notes for 3/23/06


A HOUSE OF PRAYER NEEDS CHAMPIONS OF PRAYER

•JESUS, Our Prayer Champion, WAS ON A MISSION

Mark 11: 15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: “‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” 18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. 19 When evening came, they went out of the city.

Prayer That Shapes The Future:
"Jesus was the ultimate Creator, building a New Creation, which is to grow and grow until it fills heaven and earth for all eternity. His methods for building this new reality include prayer...(especially) a certain type of prayer, based on the conviction that prayer is for builders and shapers. [not movers & shakers] If we want to build and shape the Kingdom of God, we must learn this type of prayer. This is not the meditative prayer that New Agers recommend as a way of dealing with stress in the workplace. It is not ritualistic prayer that Muslims pray five times a day as they face Mecca. It is not the flowery and poetic prayer of the pietistic movement of the past. It is bold and gutsy stuff, a tool for creative people, like the rough hammer-and-nails materials used by framers of buildings. This prayer builds new realities - spiritual homes, safe neighborhoods, new churches, missions outreach - where before, none existed. By prayer, we are challenging to envision realities in the midst of the world's devastation and emptiness. By sharing in this work of prayer we will shape God's future.” Long, McMurry


•JESUS WAS DRIVEN BY A VISION

Luke 19:41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it. 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes... 45 Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. 46 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” 47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.
...because ...
Matthew 21:14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.

Isaiah 56:6 "I will also bless the Gentiles [also eunuchs; outcasts (4)] who commit themselves to the LORD and serve him and love his name, who worship him and do not desecrate the Sabbath day of rest, and who have accepted his covenant. 7 I will bring them also to my holy mountain of Jerusalem and will fill them with joy in my house of prayer. I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices, because my Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations. 8 For the Sovereign LORD, who brings back the outcasts of Israel, says: I will bring others, too, besides my people Israel." (NLT)


•JESUS WAS CONSUMED BY PASSION

John 2:14 In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
   
Jesus is not asking our permission
He is calling for our participation!


• A PRAYER CONDITIONED CHURCH
Needs a Prayer Champion
Working with a Prayer Coordinator
Who is recruiting & resourcing a Prayer Core
Of Prayer Catalysts
Who work together to build a Prayer Culture
By establishing a Prayer Coach/Cheerleader in every ministry
Encouraging through Prayer Communication (Prayer Cards - Prayer Calendars)
Equipping through Prayer Conferences (workshops, seminars)

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Monday, March 13, 2006

Prayer & Spiritual Formation: Assessment Tool Resource

New Spiritual Assessment Tool Incorporates Prayer


Pastor/Church Prayer Leader ~ When LifeWay surveyed the "Top 10 Issues Facing Today's Church" last year, the #2 issue was "Discipleship." It is vital to help your people understand where they are on their discipleship journey and help them develop a plan to grow to spiritual maturity.

A complimentary 10-page "Spiritual Assessment Tool" is now available online to help you. ===>Click headline to access . . . Where you will find a link to download this tool as well as the complimentary 24-page "Discipleship Planning Guide.

God's blessings on you!
Craig Webb, Editor
Pastors Today & Proclaim Online


*Visit IBSA.org/prayer.php for more articles and resources for your congregation's prayer ministry
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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Church Newsletter Item - ASAP


From: Email cyberspace
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 6:47 AM
Subject: Fw: ASAP

Ever wonder about the abbreviation A.S.A.P.? Generally we think of it in terms of even more hurry and stress in our lives. Maybe if we think of this abbreviation in a different manner, we will begin to find a new way to deal with those rough days along the way.
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There's work to do, deadlines to meet;
You've got no time to spare,
But as you hurry and scurry-
ASAP - ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER

In the midst of family chaos,
"Quality time" is rare.
Do your best; let God do the rest-
ASAP - ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER.

It may seem like your worries
Are more than you can bear.
Slow down and take a breather-
ASAP - ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER

God knows how stressful life is;
He wants to ease our cares,
And He'll respond to all your needs
A.S.A.P. - ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER.


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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Former Church Prayer Leader Recommends New Resource


"And the Place was Shaken, How to Lead a Powerful Prayer Meeting" was written by Dr. John Franklin and published in 2005 by Broadman and Holman Publishers ISBN # 080543298-1.

I am excited about John Franklin's new book and have been recommending it to everyone!

John says, "This is a book for those who lead prayer meetings." However, if you are not currently leading a prayer meeting, this book may motivate you to gather a group to pray. He gives the biblical foundation and builds a good case for corporate prayer. Not only does he describe a healthy prayer meeting, he also offers practical ideas for making the transition "from stale practices of status quo to vibrantly encountering the presence of God."

Get a copy and read it today!
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Elaine Helms, Manager, Prayer and Spiritual Awakening
North American Mission Board, SBC

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Lessons on Prayer from an 8 Year Old


It was written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who lives in Chula Vista, CA He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to "explain God". I wonder if any of us could have done as well?


One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn't make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.

God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times beside bedtime. God doesn't have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.

God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting his time by going over your mom and dad's head asking for something they said you couldn't have.

Atheists are people who don't believe in God. I don't think there are any in Chula Vista. At least there aren't any who come to our church. Jesus is God's son. He used to do all the hard work, like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn't want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him. But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K.

His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn't have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And ! now he helps his dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important.

You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time.

You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there's anybody you want to make happy, it's God!

Don't skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn't come out at the beach until noon anyway.

If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can't go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He's around you when you're scared, in the dark or when you can't swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.

But...you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases.

And...that's why I believe in God

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