The How To's of Prayer Ministry
Many churches are finding it helpful to publish a monthly prayer letter that can serve as a basis to cast vision, teaching and to communicate prayer needs to individuals who love to pray but are shut-in or unable to frequent an on campus prayer gathering. The prayer letter can contain current targeted prayer requests as well as the names of city leaders, officials, the church leadership, and outreach ministry. A sample prayer letter is enclosed as part of the appendix material. The production of a prayer letter not only gives focus to the prayer life in the local church, it serves as a guide for prayer in other off campus meetings such as home or cell groups as well, along with those just sitting at home praying with a cup of coffee in hand. By listing the names of city leaders, the needs of outreach ministries, and important personal and area prayer concerns the average layperson can pray intelligently and effectively along with the prayer room ministry. The ultimate goal is to unite all of the believers in a given church to fervent prayer for renewal among believers. Through the prayer letter, laypeople can be up-dated about the key spiritual and social issues in their community.
A strategic long-term plan is necessary in the construction of a prayer ministry. The monthly prayer letter gives a point of reference and co-ownership to the vision, whether the participant is on or off campus or involuntarily bed ridden. All have a focal point to contribute prayer concerns. The prayer letter becomes a tremendous tool for relational contact ministry. Often the creation of a prayer letter paves the way for the creation of an actual corporate prayer meeting. One dedicated person can set this in motion! While the prayer communications coordinator's primary task is to manage the publication of the prayer letter, initially he/she may also serve as a catalyst for the creation of the prayer gathering and other catalysing prayer strategies that stimulate a movement among motivated lay prayer people. We recommend that ultimately the person who oversees the prayer letter not also try to manage the monthly prayer gathering, but at the outset one person may wind up doing both tasks until others rise up to take on leadership, and the positions of prayer communications coordinator and prayer pastor are formally created and delegated.
The prayer communications coordinator must be a person with good administrative skills, disciplined, and able to work well under pressure of deadlines. He/she must either possess computer desktop publishing skills or to be able to recruit people who have these skills. Obviously the prayer communications coordinator must be deeply committed to prayer and the vision of a unified church interceding for its community. Some of the specific duties of the prayer communication or pray-letter coordinator are:
Oversee the production of a quality monthly prayer letter or/and prayer
calendar, preferably computer generated and with an attractive layout
that is easy to read. Elements of the actual production can be delegated
out to those with expertise in computer graphics, but the overall responsibility
for the timely production of the prayer letter rests with the prayer communication
Components of A Prayer Letter
1. A complete list of all city government officials, the police and fire
chiefs, key school principals and school board officials, and other figures
key to the life of the city.