Weekly Prayer Meeting
Jordan announced a weekly prayer gathering during this sermon on Acts 12 which underscores the importance of praying together regularly. In 2018, we re-started a weekly prayer meeting, hosted on different weeknights by different hosts. From one perspective, this was a rousing success because God’s people were praying together weekly. From another perspective, the attendance of these gatherings was spotty and inconsistent. In an effort to figure out why and what we could do better, we sent out a survey in December about the prayer meeting.
We had a tremendous response to the survey, both in the quantity and quality of replies. Thank you for taking the time to do that. We discovered several things from your responses, one of which we already knew: we are busy people with busy schedules. But the overall message from the replies was this: we know that we need to pray, we want to pray more, and we want direction from our leadership on how to do that.
In response to your input we would like to start two initiatives in February:
1) Continue a weekly corporate prayer rhythm through our small groups. To that end, we are encouraging small groups to devote some of their time each week to prayer. To help with this, we would like to offer a brief seminar for small group leaders on how to effectively lead a more focused prayer time.
2) A monthly prayer gathering on the second Tuesday of every month from 7-8 PM. The overwhelming majority of the survey answers said that a monthly prayer meeting would work best. Just like before, the location will change according to the host, but the fixed day and time will offer us greater consistency and clearer expectations.
As we roll out these initiatives we will also be looking into a better way to share prayer requests with each other. We want our church to pray not only for the details of life, but also for big prayers like the advancement of the kingdom through our church ministries and through other churches around our city and the world. We want to pray for God to provide us with the goals for the Thrive initiative, including a more permanent facility, and so on. We will communicate more on how to do that in the coming months.
Thanks again for your responses. Please pray with us that these new ideas would be blessed by the Lord.
|| Erin Martinson