- Recruit Prayer Partners for the Pastor. It is inadequate to say “the whole church is praying for the pastor.” Get commitments.
- Have the prayer partners take a day of the week or one day a month (anniversary or birthday date, 23rd, i.e.). Make a calendar of who is praying on any day.
- Distribute a weekly “Prayer Points” bulletin.
- Encourage the pastor to be open to prayer – to receive “the gift of prayer” from intercessors and prayer partners who stop by the office.
- Build a library for prayer partners and intercessors to use.
- Have a team of intercessors assigned each Sunday for special prayer for the service.
- Have Sunday School classes rotate and once a month, or quarter pray for the pastor. “Today is our day to pray a special prayer covering for our pastor.”
- Make sure the elders or council designate time in their monthly board meeting to pray for the pastor. This is one of, if not, their chief role. Don’t allow this to be formal matter or a flighty thing. If the whole session were spent in prayer for the pastor no better use of time could be found. An elder team or pastor’s council who is not praying for the pastor can never lead the church effectively.
- Encourage the members who prayed for the pastor during the week to give him a “thumbs up” sign as he enters the pulpit to preach each Sunday.
- Make sure you share testimonies of answered prayer and intervention.
It was twenty-five years ago when Bill Klassen walked into the office of John Maxwell. He was not a member of Skyline Wesleyan Church, nor had he ever attended. He told Pastor Maxwell, “I think God has called me to disciple and encourage others to pray for pastors. I came here today so I could pray for you.” Bill’s commitment was not a one-time thing. He persisted in prayer. He recruited others to pray until there were 120 pastoral prayer partners. The church tripled in size. The income increased seven-fold. And John Maxwell was launched onto the national stage as a coach to other pastors and spiritual leaders.
 John Maxell, Partners in Prayer (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1996).