The How To's of Prayer Ministry


3.3 The Prayer Outreach Coordinator Or Strategic Prayer Coordinator / The Responsibilities of the Strategic Prayer Coordinator or Prayer Outreach Coordinator

Initially starting a prayer ministry or prayer letter are worthy ends in themselves. However, as we have said earlier, prayer and action are always intertwined. Concerted prayer leads to greater wisdom, the experience of fellowship and unity, and a shared vision. When prayer begins to intertwine itself into the fibre of church life, a passion for growth and outreach into the community soon follows. A lone campus prayer ministry will find itself impassioning people outside its local confines. The vision becomes extended to pastors, prayer gatherings, city wide intercessor's workshops, prayer summits and even conferences. The vision to infuse a vision of prayer to other local church bodies is embraced. Prayer pastors will find themselves helping others who are entering into prayer mobilization for the first time. As leaders begin to truly trust one another and acknowledge each other as integral parts in the plan of God for their area, this is the ground swell for community or even city transformation. Creative ideas emerge as prayer ministries and prayer pastors begin to join forces. Sudden realization to the possibilities generated by a true corporate area prayer vision. For too long the church has fought its battles in a disjointed manner many times directed toward one-another. The independence, isolation, and non-cooperation of the local church is akin to an army sending out small units into different areas of the battlefield with no central strategy or way to effectively communicate or come to each other's aid in a fire-fight. Without a central strategy and intense cooperation, very few armies can attain a victory in a war.

As pray leaders come together and grow close in personal relationships, God can begin to remove fears, a competitive spirit, and insecurities created by comparisons between churches. Instead of looking at their own churches as competing to create better and more effective programs to reach people in the same community that the other churches are striving to reach, the church undergoes a paradigm shift, seeing corporate ownership. Senior pastors may fear that cooperation will lead to loss of membership and a downturn in giving. Some may fear that closer exposure to other churches will highlight what they perceive to be the weaknesses in their own ministry. Others may not be willing to allow their associate pastors' job descriptions to be rewritten to include joint planning with other churches. Some may hide behind doctrinal shields, or take refuge in church traditions. From a human perspective, what is being proposed here is not possible. But with a new spirit of prayer and an outpouring of God's Spirit the impossible can become possible! We contend that if churches in a given city take the risk to develop a strategic plan that will involve true cooperation at the "Macro" and "Micro" level, ministry results and effectiveness will multiply exponentially, and all of the churches involved will experience growth. For this vision to become a reality many courageous pastors and prayer leaders must put their reputations on the line and go forward boldly, making new and unprecedented decisions within their own congregations and with their sister churches. "Micro" level cooperation in a city can make the church universal in that city, concretely visible.

The Responsibilities of the Strategic Prayer Coordinator or Prayer Outreach Coordinator

Directing the overall development of a strategic prayer plan for growth both in the local church and for citywide prayer strategies, discussion and planning can and should take place as gatherings of prayer ministries and leaders arise in cooperation. Other planning times will become necessary as the vision expands. Ideally, the strategic prayer coordinator should recruit a team to assist in the planning process, which may need to meet separately to first mobilize a task force. Just as secular city governments create "planning commissions" to oversee the overall development in the city, so the churches should have a [task force] team that is thinking strategically about how best to reach their city.
Producing a written strategic plan with goals and objectives that represents the corporate vision of the churches in the city. The plan should be publicized as it takes shape. The very same principles that helped build a successful on campus prayer strategy can be implemented on a larger scale to further catalyse a large area. Cooperation can cut the cost of such a vision to nothing simply because all tap into or share resources.


See to it that quality research is carried out for the city. Key areas of spiritual conflict need to be identified as part of planning a city strategy. Demographic, economic, and historical information should be collected. Participants need to learn everything they can about their city.
Assist in planning citywide events such as city prayer-walks, prayer summits, workshops and conferences for pastors and intercessors and other local and regional events.


Delegate logistic and administrative work to others. As the plan moves from cooperation on large events, prayer rallies should be focused to meet the needs of age groups such as youth and even the elderly. Much of the planning will need to be delegated to lay people who have the time with the recommendation of those who are the pastors in the local church. The specifics of how ministries are to be coordinated can be left to those who run the ministries, as long as they are working in harmony with the overall strategic plan.


As a strategic plan begins to take shape and more and more believers become involved, relationships between key leaders in different churches, both lay and professional, begin to deepen. Joint ministry involvement lessens the impact of doctrinal and traditional difference. As God begins to bring fruit to the effort, a deep joy and sense of partnership will emerge, bringing to all a picture of one church in a city with various members. Truly the vision of Jesus in John chapter 17. When the churches in a city are truly united in their effort to reach their city, even the secular powers take notice. Some associations of pastors in certain cities have actually placed a prayer monument or plaque in a strategic place in their city describing their covenant commitment to pray for their city, its churches, leaders and families.

As part of an effort to create a prayer strategy in a given city, churches may find it helpful to work together in some of the above activities. For example, afternoon prayer-walks are events that several churches can do together. Days of fasting during times of key need can become a citywide event. A prayer school taught with the cooperation of different churches by prayer leadership or pastors. Public prayer rallies at selected sites can be held periodically. As lay people in various churches have the experience of praying together whether it be a prayer-walk or other event, relationships will develop that will assist in the breaking down of barriers between churches and bringing the Spirit of God into a city to bring blessing and salvation to it's people.

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