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It Seems To Me . . .
. . we need 36 plus 1!
Like many of you, I receive dozens of e-newsletters. Not because I like to brag about how many emails I get in a day, but in order to keep current with the fresh thought and best practices of Christian leadership. E-newsletters from prayer leaders (of course), vision-casters, leadership-trainers, writers, thinkers, and doers . . . revealing how the Holy Spirit continues to inspire and instruct and even redirect the Body of Christ toward biblically founded and culturally relevant pursuits of the Great commandment and Great Commission.
Those who produce these newsletters (and I am one of them!) know how few recipients actually read their email newsletters when it arrives. "Opens" is often in the single digits. So, when I noticed a recent headline, designed to entice my further interest, I became a statistic; I opened and took a look.
Thirty-six reasons or questions or insights about vision. I was hooked. We all know the power of vision and three dozen ways to capture it is too good to pass up.
But you know where I am heading.
The word p-r-a-y was no where to be found. I skimmed and scanned and even used the search function. Process. Engagement, Integrate. Rollout. Of course, missional. All good and useful concepts. Necessary for strategic leadership. But how useful and strategic can they be if seeking-the-mind-of-Christ-prayer is not included in the process? How beneficial is it to engage one another's thoughts without first engaging the leading of the Spirit? Do we remain ignorant of the power of integrating prayer in planning? Are we not yet tired of rolling out new programs and events that are insufficiently prayer-powered? Dare we embark on a missional adventure without the compass of prayer?
Here I go again. Long-time members of the Church Prayer Leaders Network have heard this rant of mine more than once. It would be a joy to know we no longer need to remind ourselves to breathe while exercising or to take a gulp of air while swimming against the currents of a changing culture. Prayer may be our area of interest but it is never only that. It is the fuel that empowers every function and action of the Body of Christ. And, not-for-leaders-only.
Vision-casting, strategic-planning, action-steps, all need to be:
So, it seems to me . . . while we need 36 steps and strategies, we really need that 36 plus 1!
Originally published in Prayer Leader Online (Church Prayer Leaders Network)