Thursday, April 12, 2007

Pray for Your Four Friends

4 Types of Friends Every Pastor Needs

Written by Ike Reighard





Pastors may be the most well-known, loneliest men on the face of the earth. Friendship is a vital part of New Testament ministry and leadership. Without quality, biblical friendships, we are modeling a flawed Christian lifestyle for our church members. Yet, for many, the difficulties of pastoral friendships outweigh the benefits.

Most pastors find themselves in an unhealthy relationship where their wife is their only friend and counselor. If a pastor continues to project his problems onto his wife, she will grow disillusioned and desperate to leave the ministry. I believe a pastor’s wife should be his best friend, but she should not be his only friend.

In my 30 years of ministry, I have learned that every pastor needs at least four types of friends:

The Developer
Your best friend will always be the person who brings out the very best in you. According to Billy Graham, he wouldn’t have made it as an evangelist if he had to minister alone. Over 53 years ago, Billy Graham met his staff and best friends: Cliff Barrows, George Beverly Shea, and Grady Wilson. These three men protected him, strengthened him, counseled with their wisdom, and corrected him when he needed it. He is convinced that without these friends he would have burned out within a few years after his first groundbreaking crusade in 1949 (Just as I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham, pp. 125-129).

Developer friends will bring the gift of encouragement to a pastor’s life and bring out the very best in him.

The Designer
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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Quote; Unquote

2007-January 31-REFLECTION~ Charles Branum, my associate in 1965, gave me E.M Bounds on prayer. Bounds wrote with passion. His words were penned early in the last century. They left an indelible impression on my heart and mind..

“What the church needs today is not more machinery ( technology) or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use… of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men…men of prayer.”

“Never was there greater need for saintly men and women; more imperative still is the call for saintly, God devoted preachers. The world moves with gigantic strides. Satan has his hold and rule on the world, and labors to make all its movements subserve his ends. Religion must do its best work, present its most attractive and (near)perfect models.”

And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” (II Tim. 2:2)


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Monday, April 02, 2007

Summit Trains Pastors to Lead Congregational Prayer

Reaching the Summit

Prayer Summits have profound power to transform the spiritual culture of a congregation. After leading scores of prayer summits in many congregations, we are excited to share experiences and insight that will equip other pastors. This event will strike the balance between the power of the experience and the practicality of being equipped to reproduce this format back home

The Expedition
This unique time will allow you to experience "Spirit-led, worship-fed corporate prayer" and, at the same time, learn how to reproduce it in your congregation. It is a Prayer Summit Plus, in that we will give explanations, answer questions, supply resources, and address specific situations. It will be a "show and tell" experience with some of the most experienced Prayer Summit facilitators. The primary purpose of this time is to equip you as a leader in your local setting.

Climbing Party
Sr. pastors (or Sr. ministry leaders), their spouse, and the staff they invite. We believe the Sr. pastor (or Sr. ministry leader) is essential to incorporate prayer into their congregation. Because the focus of this time will be to equip people to facilitate summit-styled prayer in congregations and other ministry settings, we believe his/her presence is vitally important.

Climb Date
July 24-26, 2007, noon to noon.

Base Camp
On the campus of Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary, 8435 N. E. Glisan, Portland, Oregon.

Benefits of the Climb
International Renewal Ministries, National Pastors' Prayer Network, and Strategic Renewal International share a common vision and commitment to serve local congregations by strengthening their worship-based corporate prayer. You will come away with
  • a deeper love for the Lord, Jesus Christ
  • an ability to help others develop a deeper love for Him through worship-based. corporate prayer
  • an increased skill in facilitating dynamic corporate prayer experiences
  • an awareness of how corporate worship-based prayer can be included in many areas of your congregation
  • an understanding of how Scripture, music, and creativity relate to facilitation
  • an understanding of how to plan a Prayer Summit in your congregation, no matter what size it is
  • an understanding of common obstacles and how to avoid or address them
  • an exposure to resources to make your times of prayer most effective
    your questions addressed
  • an exposure to several prayer settings such as large group, small group, prayer for individuals, incorporating communion into prayer, etc.
  • a new commitment to "prayer and the ministry of the word" (Acts 6:4).

Expedition Guides
Click here to find out more about your guides, Dennis Fuqua, Daniel Henderson, Phil Miglioratti, and Jody Mayhew!
To register for Reaching the Summit, please click here! Early bird price (until May 9) is $169 -- after that the price is $189. (Registration sharing is not allowed. Substitution of Registrant is not available after July 16.)

Contact Information
Lori Lane
Phone 888.326.4774

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New Take On Quiet Time

New Take on 'Quiet Time'

The greatest classical masterpiece of all time is one in which a musician plays no notes, writes Peter Gutmann in The Wall Street Journal (3/26/07). That would be "Four Minutes Thirty-Three Seconds," or 4' 33," created by John Cage in 1951. The piece is comprised of a musician or orchestra simply sitting still. It's often described as 'silent,' but it isn't at all. It's true that no music comes from the stage as concertgoers expect, but there's plenty of sound, albeit from unconventional sources. The audience soon becomes aware of immersion in a universe of audio sensation from the mundane to the profound -- shifting in seats, air conditioning, passing traffic, one's own heartbeat." What's so great about that? Well, for one thing, says Peter Gutman, the "silence" invites one's memories and gives rise to associations.... [Read the article] [Google Video: "4 Minutes, 33 Seconds for Large Orchestra"] [Wikipedia: "Silence"] [All About God: "Quiet Time"] [Quiet Time Ministries]

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Trouble with Your Quiet Time?

Pastors Heart 2 Heart

Do you have trouble having a consistent quiet time?

I talk to so many pastors and others who have trouble having a consistent quiet time. They have a desire and a commitment to meeting with God but it just seems like they have a hard time getting out of bed in time to spend time with God. Why is that?

There are a lot of reasons but one is that there is no tangible, immediate accountability if you don’t meet with God. God is not going to bless you out if you don’t make time for Him. He is not a person who is going to force you to make time with Him. Yes, there are consequences but they are not as evident as if you don’t keep a meeting with your boss. If you miss an appointment with your boss, you are going to hear about it and maybe even lose your job if you don’t have a very good excuse. Even then he would ask why didn’t you call and let me know ahead of time that you were going to miss our meeting.
Isn’t it interesting that we would not dare miss a meeting with our boss or at less let him know we could not make it but we don’t think twice about missing our time with God?!
One way we can overcome this problem is to put your quiet time on your calendar just like any other meeting. Put down the time and place. Then show God the same respect you would show anyone else. Show up for the appointment, and if you can’t be there or need to change the time a little, ask God if it is alright. I put God on my calendar 20 years ago and have missed very few appointments since. If I have had a particularly late evening in ministry I ask the Lord the night before or in the morning when the alarm goes off if we can move the time back. When I do that most of the time I sense in my spirit it’s all right to meet Him 30 minutes late. But just because I put it off a few minutes doesn’t mean I don’t meet with God at all that day. But there have been times when I’ve asked to postpone our meeting and I’ve sensed that God had something important that could not wait so I got up any way. Those are special times in spite of being tired. There are also times when God wakes me at night to ask me to pray for something or to spend time in His word. Those are precious times indeed.
Most of our problems in the morning would take care of themselves if we went to bed earlier. Remember what we do or do not do the night before impacts whether we want to get out of bed in the morning. Think about the impact your actions after 8:00 p.m. are going to have on your quiet time the next day. Then make an informed decision as to what you will do. Don’t continue your night time activities with no thought for tomorrow.
Let me encourage you to make your quiet time with the Lord a priority. I don’t know anyone that God really uses in His kingdom work that doesn’t have a vital quiet time.
Pastors Heart 2 Heart mentors many pastors who are just starting out in ministry. The statistics show that three out of five pastors are fired or quit the ministry in the first five years after seminary. With mentoring we can beat those odds. However these young pastors have the least resources to support our ministry. It is through the gifts of people and churches like you that I can scholarship these pastors. If you would like to help provide a scholarship for these young pastors, you can send your gifts to the address below. All gifts are tax deductible. If you would like more information about this ministry go to Or give me a call or send me an e-mail.

Mike Sparks
Pastors Heart 2 Heart, 5205 Tomahawk Tr., Raleigh NC 27610
919-773-9656 Work / 919-631-1641 Cell

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A New Testament Example of a Praying Pastor

Paul’s Passionate Prayer Live

“Without persistence, prayers may go unanswered. Importunity is made up of the ability to hold on, to continue, to wait with relaxed and unrelaxable grasp, restless desire, and restful patience. Importunate prayer is not an incidental occurrence, but the main thing; not a performance, but a passion; not an option, but a necessity.”

The Apostle Paul is our great example of passionate prayer. I am so amazed that even though Paul was extremely busy, he prioritized the urgent call to passionate and persevering prayer for the churches. He never gave up but believed in the power of God to answer prayer even in the most difficult situations. Look at his example. He prayed continually, earnestly and unceasingly night and day for the churches. Paul did not give up.

  • “continuing instant in prayer” (Romans 12:12).

  • “Night and day we pray most earnestly” ( I Thessalonians 3:10).

  • “God… is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times” (Romans 1:9).

  • “Praying always for you” (Colossians 1:3).

  • “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for you, I always pray with joy…” (Philippians 1:3-4).

  • “For this reason since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you” (Colossians 1:9).

  • “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you” (II Thessalonians 1:11).

  • “I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers” (Ephesians 1:16).

  • “I thank God… as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers” (II Timothy 1:3).

We encourage you to give yourself to prayer. We are doing this during the month of April in three cities here on the east coast of the U.S. The Holy Spirit is the only one who can arrest our attention and shut down our busyness so that we can hear His urgent call for corporate, fervent prayer. Nobody can touch our hearts with a burning vision and a determination to see God’s Kingdom come on earth unless it is born by the Holy Spirit. History belongs to the intercessors. We are asking that you gather together to pray and seek God’s face for your nation. The Bible says in II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sins and will heal their land.”

My book Intercessors Arise II - Fulfilling Your Destiny is published. You can purchase it through or through this toll free order number, 1-866-909-2665. Those outside the U.S. must use the U.S. country code as well. It may take a few days before it is on the Xulon Press website.

“If men would pray as they ought to pray, the marvels of the past would be more than reproduced. The Gospel would advance with a facility and power it has never known. Doors would be thrown open to the Gospel, and the Word of God would have a conquering force rarely if every known before.” E. M. Bounds

Together in the Harvest,

Debbie Przybylski

Intercessors Arise

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