Prayer Team Leader

Updated November 2016

Result Expected

An effective leader will help the congregation recognize that prayer is essential to a life of Christian discipleship. The congregation will become stronger in the spiritual practice of prayer. The congregation will be led by God’s Spirit in fulfilling the mission of making disciples for the transformation of the world.

Spiritual Gifts and Qualifications Helpful for the Job

  • This ministry leader benefits from having one or more of these spiritual gifts: servanthood, teaching, exhortation (encouragement), wisdom, discernment, administration, and helping.
  • This leader should show evidence of an active and growing prayer life and a desire to teach and encourage others to pray.
  • Useful skills for this position are the ability to listen to and communicate with people of all ages; the ability to work with other ministry leaders; the ability to model and teach a variety of ways of praying; the ability to organize teams, delegate responsibility, and follow up to complete tasks.
  • This leader should show genuine interest in responding to the hopes and concerns of people in the community.

Responsibilities of the Position

  1. This leader will maintain a growing and healthy spiritual life and will lead others to do the same.
  2. This advocate will work with others to coordinate the planning and implementation of a comprehensive prayer ministry for the congregation.
  3. This leader will identify, equip, and support people who are praying for all aspects of congregational life as well as for the overall goals of the congregation.
  4. The prayer advocate will be familiar with curriculum resources for teaching prayer, facilitate their use, and be able to recommend appropriate resources for all age levels and faith stages.
  5. This leader will link with organizations, people, and resources in and beyond the congregation that are concerned with Christian prayer.

Getting Started

  • Identify people in your congregation, in the community, and in other congregations who are interested in developing a fuller prayer life. Collaborate with other congregations. Seek to identify gaps where your congregation can lead the way in making a positive difference in your community. Share the ministry with others by delegating projects to people who have passion for developing particular aspects of prayer.
  • Help the congregation understand that a vital Christian faith includes prayer and practice of spiritual disciplines.
  • Learn about the lives of people in your community and current issues to build a ministry of intercession.

People and Agencies That Can Help

  • Your pastor, people in your congregation, the community, and other congregations who share your interest in prayer, and district and conference leaders. Be alert to interdenominational and interreligious prayer groups.
  • InfoServ, the information service for the church, provides current information about United Methodist resources, programs, and staff services. Email: infoserv@umcom.org; Website: infoserv.umc.org.
  • Aldersgate Renewal Ministries, http://aldersgaterenewal.org/; 1-877-857-9372
  • The Upper Room, a global ministry dedicated to supporting the spiritual formation of Christians seeking to know and experience God more fully, www.upperroom.org

Web and Print Resources

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