WHAT IS A PRAYER TEAM?
A prayer team is two or more members of your church who have been appointed and blessed by leadership to minister to the needs of its members through personal prayer.
WHY DOES A CHURCH NEED PRAYER TEAMS?
The needs within the Body of Christ are extensive. Within each church community there are those who are suffering: physically, emotionally, spiritually and relationally. In light of this, the demands on clergy can be overwhelming, causing them to feel stretched thin and often unable to give greater attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word. (Acts 6:2-4) We believe that through effectively training the laity, the pastoral care among church members can be multiplied and divided tremendously!
Besides sharing in pastoral care, having trained and active prayer teams are beneficial in many other ways as well:
- Prayer Ministers can be instrumental in integrating prayer deeper within the fabric of your life together, thus elevating the overall culture of prayer among your church family.
- Members of your church feel loved, listened to, and cared for, as prayer teams attend to their needs through prayer.
- God is given space and opportunity to minister personally to His children.
- This type of ongoing ministry increases the health, wholeness, and well-being of the entire body of believers.
- God is glorified as lives are changed and prayers are answered!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
ChattHOP would love to come alongside your church to facilitate the process of training and integration. This process typically involves:
Gathering a team of spiritually and emotionally mature men and women who have been selected by leadership, and who have a heart for prayer and ministering to the needs of others.
Training through several day-long sessions or multiple monthly meetings. The content of these trainings can be covered in our initial discussions.
Integrating trained prayer ministers into your weekly services. Over time, you may choose to have your prayer teams minister in other ways apart from these services. They may act as a deacon or lay chaplain in visiting the sick in hospitals, the homebound, or through conducting personal prayer appointments.
Feedback is necessary, therefore we remain with your teams, beyond initial training, to follow up, make suggestions, and help establish a fruitful and thriving prayer team ministry.
Perhaps you have been longing to have a more prayer saturated church. Perhaps you have been desiring to see the Body care more deeply for one another’s needs. We would love to help in any way necessary to see this vital ministry of personal prayer grow and flourish within your congregation and beyond.
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5: 13-16
If you would like to have prayer teams trained in your church, discuss with your pastor.
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