Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Skills for the Praying Pastor



Reaching the Summit:
A National Pastors' Prayer Summit
Critical Prayer for a Critical Time

August 4-6, 2009
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary ~
Ft. Worth, TX


Our nation's financial crisis calls for pastors who can lead their people in praying strong prayers of faith and hope...which is why we are convinced of the need for another National Pastors' Prayer Summit.

Reaching the Summit is a partnership of three national prayer ministries with a passion for the need to be praying now as we never have before. For the third time, International Renewal Ministries, Strategic Renewal, and the National Pastors' Prayer Network will join together for a National Pastors' Prayer Summit, designed to provide pastors with the life-transforming experience of a Prayer Summit while equipping them to use this model in their own churches. Drastic times require great leadership. This is an opportunity to obtain the skills that build corporate dependence on the Lord and God-focused praying.

A Prayer Experience That Equips You to Lead Corporate Prayer
This Prayer Summit is like no other, as it combines the uniqueness of "Spirit-led, worship-fed, corporate-bred prayer" with training opportunities for reproducing it in your congregation. It is a Prayer Summit Plus! Our goal? To equip you as a leader in your local setting.

Facilitated by:
Daniel Henderson ~ President, Strategic Renewal
"As a Sr. Pastor, I've had the joy of leading my congregation in dozens of local church Prayer Summits. Summits are a powerful environment for personal revival and a core catalyst to church health. This is an urgent time to equip more pastors to lead this kind of experience in their own local church. I know of no better tool and no better time for a genuine work of renewal. I believe pastors should make this event a top priority if they are serious about real revival in their church."

Dennis Fuqua ~ Executive Director, International Renewal Ministries
"What would the Church look like if every congregation across the country committed to a meaningful weekend service was also committed to a meaningful time of corporate prayer? What might happen if congregational leaders were as committed to leading their people in dynamic prayer as they are to giving them dynamic preaching? I love what is happening in congregations who are pressing forward in this kind of prayer."

Phil Miglioratti ~ Founder, National Pastors' Prayer Network
"More and more pastors are realizing they need to become the prayer champion of their congregation, but recognize that teaching and preaching on prayer is not enough. Since most of us lack the skills to lead dynamic corporate prayer, the Summit is designed as a 'lab' -- an opportunity to experience Spirit-led praying augmented with discussion on how to implement it back home. This has the potential to transform the prayer culture of your life and ministry."

Location:
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Riley Center
1701 W. Boyce Avenue
Ft. Worth, TX
Registration for Summit:
$159 per person -- includes lunch and dinner on Tuesday, August 4th and Wednesday, August 5th, and lunch on Thursday, August 6th. This price DOES NOT INCLUDE ROOM!!!
Registration for Guest Rooms:
Discounted rooms (includes breakfast) available at Summit location, Riley Hall. Call 817-923-1921, ext . 8800. Tell the operator you are with Reaching the Summit.
We have a limited number of rooms reserved until June 4, 2009: http://www.swbts.edu/guesthousing
BOOK EARLY TO ENSURE YOU HAVE A BED!
For more information, visit reachingthesummit.net
or call 916-489-4774.





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Saturday, March 21, 2009

A prayer experience that equips you to lead corporate prayer

REACHING THE SUMMIT

A NATIONAL PASTORS’ PRAYER SUMMIT

Critical Prayer for a Critical Time

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Ft. Worth, TX — August 4-6, 2009

A prayer experience that equips you to lead corporate prayer

Our nation’s economic crisis calls for pastors who can lead their people in strong prayers of faith and hope. Our hearts are burdened for another National Pastors’ Prayer Summit.

Reaching the Summit is a partnership of three national prayer ministries passionate about the need to be praying now as we never have before. For the third time International Renewal Ministries, Strategic Renewal and National Pastors’ Prayer Network will join together for a National Pastors’ Prayer Summit designed to provide pastors the life-transforming experience of a Prayer Summit, while equipping them to use this model in their own churches. Drastic times require great leadership.

This is an opportunity to obtain the skills that build corporate dependence and God-focused praying. This Prayer Summit is like no other. It combines the uniqueness of “Spirit-led, worship-fed, corporate-bred prayer” and, at the same time, provides training opportunities for reproducing it in your congregation. It is a Prayer Summit Plus! Our goal? To equip you as a leader in your local setting.

    “What would the church look like if every congregation across the country, committed to a meaningful weekend service, was also committed to a meaningful time of corporate prayer? What might happen if congregational leaders were as committed to leading their people in dynamic prayer as they are to giving them dynamic preaching? I love what is happening in congregations who are pressing forward in this kind of prayer.”

    Dennis Fuqua, Executive Director, International Renewal Ministries

    “As a Sr. Pastor, I’ve had the joy of leading my congregation in dozens of local church Prayer Summits. Summits are a powerful environment for personal revival and a core catalyst to church health. This is an urgent time to equip more pastors to lead this kind of experience in their own local church. I know of no better tool and no better time for a genuine work of renewal. I believe pastors should make this event a top priority if they are serious about real revival in their church.”

    Daniel Henderson, President, Strategic Renewal

    “More and more pastors are realizing they need to become the prayer champion of their congregation but recognize teaching and preaching on prayer is not enough. Since most of us lack the skills to lead dynamic corporate prayer, the Summit is designed as a ‘lab’ - an opportunity to experience Spirit-led praying augmented with discussion on how to implement it back home. This has the potential to transform the prayer culture of your life and ministry.”

Phil Miglioratti, Founder, National Pastors’ Prayer Network

For more info go to ReachingTheSummit.net or call (916) 489-4774



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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Quote; Unquote . . .

There is a difference between knowing a collection of religious truths and actually knowing Christ.

Truth is in Jesus;

He Himself is the way, the truth and the life.

To know Him is eternal life, and to live in fellowship with Him is to partake of the nectar of heaven.

Francis Frangipane


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Friday, March 13, 2009

Given to Prayer?




Many clergy today face with dismay and feelings of inadequacy the increasing demand for help with prayer because we have had no training for this work. We recognize that little in our past experience or training has prepared us for what people now seem to need. Few, if any, programs have existed whose purpose is to enable priests and ministers to respond to the request, "Teach me to pray."

-The Practice of Spiritual Direction by W. Barry and W. Connolly

Helping our pastors, ministers and priests to be equipped to teach people to pray is the goal of the Praying Pastors Project.

Why do we need Praying Pastors?

People today are seeking to learn more about how to pray effectively. We too often assume that prayer should just be something pastors instinctively know how to practice as well as teach. As a result, the topic has not received much focus in theolgoical training."Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry" was developed by America's National Prayer Committee to address this need and is the first-ever textbook focused solely on the topic of prayer. This 592-page book was written with the contributions of 80 authors, from both the academic community and the global prayer movement. However, many pastors may not be aware of the book or may not be able to afford the $39.99 retail price. This is where the Praying Pastors Project comes in.

How Does It Work?

Individuals, churches or business owners can sponsor one or more pastors in order to support the project. For a donation of $40, pastors receive (as a gift) the textbook "Giving Ourselves to Prayer" plus the devotional book "Love to Pray" plus membership in the "4 Pastors Only" website. Businesses can choose to receive additional advertising benefits for their business when they become a sponsor of several pastors within a community.

Community coordinators are an integral part of the success of the project since they are the people who work within a local community to identify the sponsors and get the resources distributed to the pastors. Coordinators receive financial compensation for their participation and get the opportunity to interface and pray with local pastors and business owners.
By bringing together those who can sponsor with those who need to be sponsored, we can help our pastors continue to be a blessing to our communities through the power that comes when people (and pastors) PRAY! Won't you consider "praying it forward"?
If you have not yet received a gift of these books, you can still join our community by making a $40 donation through our online store, which will cover the costs of the books and get you started. Better yet, why not ask someone to sponsor you? You can just send them to the site www.prayingpastors.com and they can become a sponsor and designate you to receive the gift.


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The Power of a Praying Pastor

Pray! is now available in a digital edition!

The Power of a Praying Pastor

Sandy Mayle

At First Alliance Church in Erie, Pennsylvania, prayer is our top priority. The first of our eight core values as a church is “Prayer is the first work.” When four of us traveled to our first-ever Church Prayer Leaders Network prayer conference, however, we discovered that one of our most powerful assets had been with us for years!

We had already implemented pastor’s prayer partners, prayerwalks, intercession during worship services, and the availability of elders for post-worship prayer time. In addition, our senior pastor, Rick Crocker, leads an early-morning prayer gathering three times a week, and our children’s prayer ministry is very active.

We maintain an efficient prayer chain and an inviting prayer room, and we sponsor an annual weekend prayer seminar and a semi-annual day of prayer, which combines silence and meditation with corporate prayer and sharing. The church had 360 people involved in a 24/7 prayer initiative last May and has made plans for another one.

All of these programs helped us to make prayer our first work—but it wasn’t until we listened to keynote speakers and workshop leaders at the Empowered conference last June that we discovered why they have been successful. We were amazed to discover that it was not the resources we had purchased, or programs we had implemented, or concepts we had taught. It was that we had a praying senior pastor.

“We take it for granted,” admits prayer team leader Karen Brumagin, “but I’m thrilled to have Pastor Rick as a mentor and co-laborer with us on the prayer team. It’s a joy to have a committee meeting, knowing you’ll have support from the top down.”

That kind of support from the pastor hasn’t always been there, however. Five years ago, Rick says he found himself wandering in a spiritual desert, lacking power and joy. He finally took a month-long sabbatical for a spiritual retreat. The days passed in continual, discouraging dryness until the Lord delivered a clear and unforgettable rebuke: “This retreat isn’t about you. It’s about Me. You have been in ministry for 11 years, and you haven’t given Me the time of day.” Rick says it was a turning point in his ministry.

“That time away was crucial,” Rick remembers. “God showed me that my dryness was due to my prayerlessness. As I realized this and endeavored to correct it, I began to experience the joy and peace of walking intimately with God.

“Now prayer is my vital link to God—personally, as a child of God, and also as a pastor. I realize that prayer is vital to individual believers and to the congregation as well, and it should be the foundation stone upon which we build all other ministries.”

The Priority of Personal Involvement

It was after that retreat that Pastor Rick initiated the prayer room and early-morning prayer gatherings ===>Click headline to complete the article . . .

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Monday, March 09, 2009

101 Thigns A Pastor Needs to Know

>>> Note: My comments are in response to a request to help a new pastor (see post from Assist News below) . . .

Even though every pastor prays, not many are praying pastors or skill trained to be lead their congregation into transforming prayer. We teach how to pray privately and preach on praying more but fail to reach our congregation in a way that results in compelling, book-of-Acts type praying.

The Apostles discovered the essential role of prayer; they delegated other tasks (significant ones at that) to give their attention to praying and ministering the word (Acts 6:4). Is it possible they also realized that prayer must precede our study of the the scriptures, so we avoid merely constructing theological systems rather than teaching truth that eternally and immediately connects listeners to the one who is Truth? Can we adequately understand the Word of God with only our mid? Must we not be in communication and communion with the author; i.e. prayer?

As Paul mentored Timothy who was pastoring the congregations in Ephesus, he spoke with urgency that prayer must be a top priority (1 Timothy 2:1). He told the believers in the Collossian Church they must devote themselves to prayer (literally, spend much time together in the place of prayer) (4:2).

The pastor must assume the role of prayer champion, casting vision for prayer that goes beyond reactive praying (praying only in response to problems and needs) to proactive praying (praying for the plans and promises of God to be revealed and released across the earth). We must lead our people with prayers that seek to bless the community, training members into a prayer-care-share lifestyle, and most importantly living it ourselves. Every prayer must somehow be a "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done" prayer in inspiration and intention.

Anything less than proactive, outward focused, all-the-church praying is less that what the Holy Spirit is ready, willing and able to do in every congregation regardless of size or style. In my mind (and life experience) the #1 thing a pastor needs to know is how to lead prayer that yearns "for the earth (to) be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." Habakkuk 2:14

Phil Miglioratti
National Pastors' Prayer Network (nppn.og)


101 Things every pastor needs to know and their parishioners wish they knew

By Bill Ellis, Special to ASSIST News Service

SCOTT DEPOT, WV (ANS) -- I was recently invited to the ordination of an extremely talented young man. Friends, family, state leaders and his congregation were present. Call him Scott Hodge and his wife, Susan. Give his son the biblical name, Isaac. His beautiful little girl we call Zoe. A model family.

Pastor Hodge is such a tremendous vocalist that he could be the lead singer for any musical group in the nation. He is an accomplished pianist, guitarist and a superb public speaker. He is sincere, a man of impeccable integrity and intellectually brilliant.

What about the 101 thing he needs to know? Space constraints limit my briefly mentioning just ten things. That leaves 91 to come up with. Please, send your list to me this week.

1. Called to preach. Years ago ordination committees asked, "Have you been called to preach? When did you receive that call?" There is a distinct difference in being called by God to preach and just deciding it would be an interesting and challenging vocation.

2. Educational preparation. Sixty years ago it was rare to find pastors with a masters degree. The Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent is now the expected degree for pastors. There are, however, no mandatory educational requirements in most church bodies for ordination.

3. Pastor, evangelist, missionary, teacher are all related. They may be ordained ministers. St. Paul wrote that Christ " . . . gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers . . ." (Ephesians 4:11).

4. The importance of the minister's spouse. This is one of the most important decisions a minister will ever make -- the choice of one's ministry partner for life. Problems have risen when a man or woman changes their profession and becomes a minister.

5. Working with church boards and leaders. Much of the success of the pastor and the congregation will be determined by how well they can work together.

6. The time to change pastorates. Perhaps it is best to leave when things are going exceedingly well. But who wants to leave then? A pastor may stay too long.

7. Preparing to preach. Many times you hear adults say, "I could never prepare a sermon and stand in front of a crowd and speak for 25 minutes." There are classes in homiletics that teach us how to prepare and deliver sermons.

8. Being the church's number one teacher. Pastors also function as teachers. Some like Arlo Newell, James Earl Massey, Adrian Rogers, Hayes Wicker, John MacArthur, David Sebastian, David Cox and Melissa Pratt have excelled as both preacher and teacher.

9. Keeping accurate records. One of the most important and helpful things a pastor can ever do is to keep exact records for himself and the church on such matters as weddings, funerals, attendance, minutes of business decisions and financial documents.

10. Preserving research, sermon and teaching outlines. A pastor may spend hours each week in preparation to preach and teach. Those probings and inquires should be preserved and kept. Dr. Charles V. Weber used to talk about "living out of the overflow." The exact research and study notes could profitably be used for Sunday or Wednesday evenings and other teaching and preaching opportunities.

In talking about "101 things a pastor needs to know" we have 91 to go and no more space. You may send your suggestions to me at: bill@billellis.net or write to me at Bill Ellis, P. O. Box 345, Scott Depot, WV 25560.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this subject. What is really important for a pastor to know? I look forward to your response.


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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The Greatest Enemy of Intimacy

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Dallas Willard has said:

"The greatest enemy of intimacy with God is service for God."



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Praying Pastors Project

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Looking for Intercessors
March 02, 2009

Greetings!

We are looking for intercessors to lift up the Praying Pastor Project daily for the next 60 days as we work to kick off this vital project.

The Praying Pastors Project is a project of America's National Prayer Committee. Our commission is to reach 1 million pastors in the United States with ongoing resources and support to help them go from being pastors who pray to being pastors who live lives of prayer. Will you commit to praying with and for us for the next 60 days?

As a Praying Pastors Intercessor, you will receive weekly updates so that you can pray with greater awareness for the project. To join our intercessors team, simply enter your email and follow the instructions.

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Ministry cannot be done without prayer support and your prayers for the Praying Pastors Project are vital and deeply appreciated.

Sincerely,

Dean Gambill, Praying Pastors Project / National Prayer Committee
phone: 877-896-6901

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