Prayer Evangelism Ideas

The fourth dimension to a local church prayer ministry is prayer evangelism. The energy of prayer needs to be turned outward, toward the community and the world. This is prayer evangelism. Avenues to heighten prayer evangelism: Adopt the Moravian principle, “No one works, unless someone prays.” Make prayer the essential to every effort. Anything not…

Three Kinds of Churches

There are three kinds of churches. Some churches pray when there is a crisis. Other churches have a prayer ministry among other ministries. Finally, there are churches that seek to bring prayer to the center of every ministry, to everything the church strives to do and be. They want to become a house of prayer…

The Church at Prayer

We learn to pray by praying. It is more caught than taught. Nothing can replace being in the middle of a passionate prayer meeting. Listening to others pray, blending our voices with theirs, being infected with their passion, sharing their burden for the lost – we catch the spirit of prayer. Like taking coals of…

How to Start a Prayer Ministry

Over the past several weeks we have discussed the marks of an effective personal prayer life. This is the first of ‘four dimensions’ of prayer ministry. There are four critical components that, like cogwheels, interact with one another, yet each is separate and distinct. These four prayer concentrations of your prayer effort are: Personal, home-based,…

Every Man a Missionary

Most of us are trapped in what Paul Hiebert calls “cultural frames.” Doctors live in hospitals and medical settings, teachers in schools, bankers in banks, business people in shops, pastors in churches. These social enclaves create their own sub-languages. They give birth to membered associations, networks, anticipated roles and hierarchies, and economic-power structures. They share…

Communion of the Saints

Worship cannot be reduced to the pragmatic – nor can prayer. Leander Keck reminds us that, “making worship useful destroys it.” Why? Keck explains, it “introduces an ulterior motive for praise. And ulterior motives mean manipulation, taking charge of the relationship, thereby turning the relation between the Creator and the creature upside down.”[1] To be…