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Pastors have one of the most difficult yet important jobs in the world. As they lead their congregations to tell people about Jesus and demonstrate His love in their communities, they play an essential role in penetrating lostness in North America. Yet pastors today face attacks on many fronts.

  • 1,500 pastors leave the ministry every month. 
  • Half of pastors' marriages end in divorce. 
  • 70 percent of pastors constantly fight depression. 
    "Based on statistics from The Barna Group, Focus on the Family and Fuller Seminary 

Because the North American Mission Board realizes the health of local churches rises and falls on its leadership, we want to help. NAMB seeks to come alongside pastors to help strengthen their relationships with God, their family, their peers and their congregation. Here are some of the tools NAMB and other recommended ministries offer:


Relationship with God


  • Timothy-Barnabas Conferences 
    Pastors and their wives refuel in the midst of ministry.  Learn more >> 
  • Pastors round table meetings 
    Pastors will network with and learn from fellow pastors on a variety of personal and professional topics. Dates and locations for these NAMB-sponsored events will come soon. Contact Michael Lewis at for more information.   Learn More >> 

Relationship with His Wife and Family

Relationship with His Wife and Family

    This online community for ministers' wives includes a regular blog, tools and more. Learn more >> 
  • Galatians 6:6 Retreats | Watch the Video
    Intended to revitalize marriages, these retreats put together by the Great Commandment Network are uniquely designed for couples involved in ministry. Dates and locations for Southern Baptist-sponsored retreats are coming soon. Learn more about the material for these conferences. >> 
  • Relational Care Intensives 
    Pastors and their wives discover safe places to experience God's power to resolve conflict, heal hurts and alleviate fears through three- to four-day therapeutic programs at the Center for Relational Care. Learn more >> 
  • Cities of Refuge 
    First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Ga., provides a safe place for a minister's family to find healing and restoration. Based on the model at First Woodstock, new locations will be added in the future. Learn more >> 

Relationship with Other Pastors

Relationship with Other Pastors

  • Pastors in Covenant Groups 
    The North American Mission Board will provide resources to help pastors develop covenant groups of other pastors within their communities. These groups will provide opportunities for pastors to meet together for prayer and accountability on a regular basis. Resources to help develop these groups are coming soon. Learn More >> 

Relationship with His Congregation

Relationship with His Congregation

  • Pastor Appreciation Month Resources (October) 
    To help your church honor its pastoral staff, NAMB provides posters, bulletin inserts and suggestions for "50 Ways to Bless Your Pastor and Family." Learn More >> 
  • Church Revitalization Conferences
    Learn to re-connect with your community and your God-given mission field.Learn more >> 
  • Church Renewal Journey
    Awaken your church to its God-given passion and purpose through this four-part, lay-led journey. Learn more >> 


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CALL TO PRAYER: 7 keys to effective prayer 

Elaine Helms, prayer coordinator for My Hope America with Billy Graham and director of, gives us seven Scripture-based keys to effective prayer.

CALL TO PRAYER: Protect all children 

In advance of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Jan. 19, ethicist Russell D. Moore calls on the church to work within all its power to fight satan's attacks against little children.

CALL TO PRAYER: Pray for the pray-ers 

For each "Elijah," God has reserved to Himself thousands of unnamed but faithful servants who have refused to bow their knees to the "Baals" of our modern era. In this week's CALL TO PRAYER, Roger S. Oldham asks us to pray in advance of a Jan. 13, Atlanta gathering of many of the faithful.

CALL TO PRAYER: Pray like never before 

In the first CALL TO PRAYER of 2014, Roger S. Oldham calls on Southern Baptists to pray like never before, and offers seven spiritual suggestions for a more fruitful prayer journal.

CALL TO PRAYER: The Hope of Christmas 

In this Christmas season, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank Page encourages us to find a neighbor or friend in need and pray for them by name, placing them before a Savior who will hold them close to Himself.

CALL TO PRAYER: Revolutionize your life 

Seminary president Jason Allen challenges believers to become more disciplined "in prayer, worship and especially Bible intake to nurture our sanctification."

CALL TO PRAYER: Love, the more excellent way 

Roger S. Oldham of the SBC Executive Committee sets forth a framework for prayer to call Christians to deepen their love for one another. "Let us pray that we will believe in one another, expect the best of one another, and stand our ground in defending one another," he writes.

CALL TO PRAYER: Returning home for Thanksgiving 

As many return home this week for Thanksgiving, Erich Bridges shares thoughts on how the holiday relates to the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15.

CALL TO PRAYER: Giving thanks in all things 

As Thanksgiving and the anniversary of his oldest daughter's tragic death approaches, SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page shares thoughts on giving thanks to God in all things.

CALL TO PRAYER: The building blocks of gratitude 

SBC Executive Committee vice president Roger Oldham cites key facets of gratitude found in Scripture.

CALL TO PRAYER: The harvest at home 

Nashville (BP) -- Two of the most gripping passages of Scripture open the successive chapters of Romans 9 and 10.

CALL TO PRAYER: The persecuted church 

Information about the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Nov. 3 is relayed by Rob Phillips of the Missouri Baptist Convention. Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world today, Phillips writes, noting that an estimated 75 percent of acts of religious intolerance are directed against Christians.

CALL TO PRAYER: For the generations ahead 

It is very likely our children and our children's children will bear the brunt of the full wrath of a society that has forgotten God, unless we see a massive spiritual awakening that stirs our nation once again. Roger ("Sing") Oldham tells us how to pray for these vulnerable descendants.

CALL TO PRAYER: Pray for your pastor 

Rick Shepherd with the Florida Baptist Convention's prayer/spiritual awakening team exhorts Christians to pray for the pastors and for other ministers in their churches.

CALL TO PRAYER: Pray 2 Chron. 7:14 

Rick Shepherd, team strategist for the Prayer/ Spiritual Awakening Team of the Florida Baptist Convention, draws lessons in prayer from 2 Chronicles 7:13-14.



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Your Church
in 2014 ?

Maybe it is time for your association or congregation to to a laser-beam-focused review & revision on the way you think about prayer.
A conference? (open to the entire congregation/association)
A consultation? (pastor and core leadership)
A coaching session? (small group leaders; study class teachers)
Have an exploratory conversation with IBSA Prayer Coordinator
Phil Miglioratti @  or  847-344-7837
Prayers that Teach You the
Who, What, Where, When, Why
of Praying


Seek God for the City is designed to unite and focus prayer through the 40 days leading to Palm Sunday, March 5 through April 13, 2014. It is affordable, and the quantity discounts make the 64-page booklet available for as little as $1.20 a copy. Check out details at or call us at 800.264-5214
We are convinced more than ever that in these days God is summoning His people to pray, to stand firm in faith and united prayer until we see God bring forth His blessing and transformation in our cities, communities, our world. Now is the time to seek God's face; now is the time to seek His kingdom. 

Here is what people have said as they have prayed through the Seek God for the City prayer guide:

*  Our church has used Seek God for the City for many years now. Our folks look forward to this every year. It has been a blessing to be part of a wider prayer movement. Several folks use it all year long by just starting over every 40 days.

*  Seek God has greatly encouraged us and infused us with an anticipation of what God is doing and going to do in our midst.

*  It really drew the body together. Many churches, radio stations, and organizations were involved praying together.

*  We always use the Seek God for the City prayer guide for our church. The prayers are powerful, helping us to unite our prayers and focus together in powerful, biblical, hope-filled prayers. I also really appreciate the focus on different people groups and sectors of society. It is a powerful tool for prayer.

*  I love this prayer guide and I've used others before. I'm always strengthened by the big scope and instructed on HOW to pray more effectively. I use it, I refer to it, I share from it, I read all the intro and extra helps, and I keep it for a long time afterward!


Seek God for the City is designed to unite and focus prayer through the 40 days leading to Palm Sunday, March 5 through April 13, 2014. It is affordable, and the quantity discounts make the 64-page booklet available for as little as $1.20 a copy. Check out the details at or call us at 800.264-5214.


There is still a bit more time for leaders in recognized positions of pastoral or prayer leadership to call for a complimentary review copy. Please call our office at 800.264.5214 to request a review booklet.


We are honored to be partnering with you,

Barb Hawthorne and Stephanie Tucker


PS Please check our website for the release of the companion appchildren's guide and Spanish translation.

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Pray with Paul for the Church 

All the believers were one in heart and mind. Acts 4:32  
Join with IBSA members across the state as we take a prayer journey with the Apostle Paul.
  • 12 monthly themes in 2014
  • Prayed daily as we begin each day
  • Devoting a week of praying for our personal growth, then our pastors, a week for our churches, and a week for the work of IBSA across the state
What benefits will we reap by repeating the prayers of Paul?
  • Paul teaches us the power of praying scripture back to the Lord
  • Paul's written prayers train us to pray beyond convenience and consumption to consecration and commitment
  • These apostolic prayers lead us into trinitarian praying: to the Father, in the name of Christ, by the filling and empowering of the Spirit
  • Paul reminds us to pray with faith, hope and love for the Bride of Christ

-each time you pray from the scripture, ask the Holy Spirit what to  focus on
-memorize all or part of the scripture by repeating phrases that best  express your  passion as you pray
-write out the scripture then write out your response prayer
-read and pray the scripture in corporate prayer times; classes,  groups, meetings
-disciple your children at one family meal

Monthly Themes & Scripture
Themes: revelation of God, love for one another ...
January -Wisdom & Revelation (Ephesians 1:17-19)
February -Abound in Love (1 Thessalonians 3:9-13))
March -Strengthened with Might  (Ephesians 3:16-19)
April -Walk Worthy (Colossians 1:9-12)
May -Abound in Hope (Romans 15:13)
June -Like-Minded (Romans 15:5-7)
July -Faith, with Power (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
August -Enriched in Everything (1 Corinthians 1:4-8)
September -Pray for Us (2 Thessalonians 3:1-5)
October -Continue Earnestly in Prayer (Colossians 4:2-4)
November -Filled with Fruits of Righteousness (Philippians 1:9-11)
December -He will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)
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