Saturday, March 13, 2010

Reflecting on the Open Arms Prayer Seminar

The March 12-14 Open Arms Church of God (Grasston, MN) prayer ministry seminar is now behind us, but I am expecting lingering effects.

The Open Arms congregation is already a House of Prayer, and there seems to be such a passion for Jesus among these people. They also have a great desire to be more intentional and purposeful in their pursuit of a prayerful life and ministry.

Thank you Pastor Mike and Kim Flynn for your hospitality during my stay, and thank you for your spiritual leadership in the state of Minnesota.

Two of the video clips from the Open Arms seminar are still available:

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Multiple and Varied Prayer Models

Over the years I have learned that the best way to involve the entire congregation in prayer is to provide multiple and varied models and opportunities for prayer.  What appeals to one will not appeal to all.  What fits one person's schedule will not fit every person's schedule.

What are models, opportunities or ideas for both personal and corporate prayer that you have found to be especially helpful?

(Please post your comments using the link provided below.  Thank you.)

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Questions about Prayer Ministry Development

What challenges have you faced in the effort to develop the ministry of prayer in the local church?  Are there questions with which you have wrestled?

I don't have all of the answers, but would you consider posting your question as a "Comment" in response to this post?  (I reserve the right to edit questions and responses.)

Your question will be beneficial in two ways:
  1. Hopefully it will benefit you and others as solutions are proposed in response.
  2. It will benefit me tremendously as I am attempting to identify the most pressing issues of the church in this area of prayer ministry development.
In a sense, this might be considered a research project--one that is especially needed right now, in view of the fact that I am trying to write a book dealing with developing congregational prayer ministries.

Thanks in advance.