Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
A Community of Prayer Champions, Praying Churches, Prayed-for Communities
Since the primary focus of our missional mandate in Jacksonville is to “empower leaders to equip Christians to embrace a 'prayer-care-share' lifestyle,” it is incumbent upon us to understand the nature of the commitments and characteristics that have been instrumental in the on going city-transformation movement known as Pray Elk River. For more than twenty years, both pastors and marketplace Christians have partnered together to see a city and region transformed. They embrace Jesus’ prayer in John 17:23: “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
Unified Prayer: A weekly “community prayer meeting” provides a focal point for intercession on behalf of the city.
Church of the City: A strategic and growing partnership develops between congregations and communities, including both pulpit and marketplace ministers, to see Jacksonville and NE Florida transformed.
Deep Relationships: Deep and authentic relationships develop that are nurtured through prayer and partnership, confession and forgiveness, work and play, that become a living testimony of a “prayer-care-share” lifestyle.
Kingdom Vision: The focus shifts from just growing individual congregations to building-up the kingdom of God and the whole Church of Jesus Christ.
Transformational Teaching: The “5 Paradigms of Nation Transformation” and the “4 Principals of Prayer Evangelism” as taught by Ed Silvoso are the “river banks” that provide direction and flow to LoveJax2020 movement in Jacksonville.
Prayer-Care-Share Stories: Sustainable “prayer-care-share” movements regularly share stories, celebrate milestones, and provide encouragement and support on the journey.
Servant Leadership: A “Servant Leadership Team” is raised-up to shepherd the movement through prayers and discernment of those involved in the movement.
Transformation Churches and Kingdom Companies: Processes are in place to develop, encourage and mentor Transformation Churches and Kingdom Companies to fully release the Church into the marketplace of Jacksonville and NE Florida.
Alignment and Partnership: Strategic “alignment” is embraced with ministries like the Mission America Coalition and Harvest Evangelism. Strategic “partnership” is celebrated with a variety of ministries and organizations swimming in the stream of transformation.
Visible and Invisible Impact: City-Transformation movements respond to both “felt needs” and the “deeper needs in the city with strategic initiatives, most importantly, the elimination of “systemic poverty” in all forms: spiritual, relational, motivational and material.
Movement of the Spirit: While various paradigms, principles and strategies of transformation are applied; LoveJax2020 leaders and partners remain dependent upon the revelation and power of the Holy Spirit.
 Based on the work of Dr. Greg Pagh, pastor of Christ Church, Otsego, MN and servant leader in the Pray Elk River Movement.