I’ve written about the importance of prayer in your church-wide campaign, but I haven’t let you in on some of the best prayer ideas that I’ve come across. See also, Note to Self: Don’t Forget to Pray for Your Church-Wide Campaign.
7 ways to add prayer to your campaign preparation:
- Challenge your staff and other key leaders to pray daily for the campaign. This may go without saying, but involving your staff and key leaders (elders, deacons, etc.) in praying daily will be a unifying experience.
- Invite your staff and other key leaders to meet together in the morning to pray for the campaign. I personally experienced the power of this idea while on the staff at Woodlands Church. In preparation for Easter we would meet before the work day began and pray as a staff team for Easter.
- Enlist a prayer coordinator and team to both pray daily for the campaign and create opportunities for your congregation to pray. Long an ingredient in Saddleback’s campaigns, every church has prayer warriors. Involve them in the effort.
- Provide opportunities for others to join in praying for the campaign. Whether you collect names on a clipboard, sign-up cards, use a “text to join” strategy, or post a link on your website, opening up engagement beyond your usual suspects will help include new participants.
- Challenge all of your current small group leaders and coaches to pray daily for the campaign. When you’re preparing for a campaign, existing leaders are often overlooked and many times we presume they know what is coming and are planning to join in. Don’t presume. Reach out to them. Use your senior pastor’s influence to cast vision and challenge them to join you in praying. See also, Your Senior Pastor as Small Group Champion Leads to a Church OF Groups.
- Distribute a 7 day prayer guide with every HOST packet. Here is a simple form I’ve included in new host packets for over 10 years. I got the idea for this 7 day prayer guide from the 40 Days of Purpose campaign kit.
- Incorporate prayer for the campaign in your worship services 2 to 3 months before it begins. Making the campaign part of your public prayers in your worship services will allow your congregation to catch fleeting glimpses of God’s heart for unconnected people.
Listen. However you do it, don’t forget to pray for your campaign. It is a powerful strategy but without God’s involvement it is just a strategy.
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