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This group will stand in the gap for pastors and their families.

Has God laid the blessed burden on you to pray for your pastor, if so lets share our thoughts about it.

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Comment by Phil Miglioratti on November 18, 2011 at 2:18pm

Share this "Call to Prayer" with your pastor - -

 

Love is the highest value of the kingdom (I Corinthians 13:13). It is the central motivation of all the commandments (Mark 12:30-31). It is the character of God Himself (I John 4:8). It is the motivation behind the life mission of Yeshua (John 3:16). And it involves pain.
Love involves a relationship, which in turn involves another human being. All of us human
beings cause trouble. We sin. Sin hurts other people. If we love people, we have to deal with the pain that sin causes.
I have wonderful, loving, faithful relationships with people in all spheres of my life - marriage, family, work, congregation, partners and friends. Yet they all involve pain. Faithfulness and patience means bearing the pain of relationships over a long period of time. The beauty of love is well worth the pain involved, but it does cost the price. Pain is the price of love.
 
Romans 15:1 - We who are strong should bear the weaknesses of the weak.
I Corinthians 12:26 - If one member is hurting, then all the members suffer.
I Corinthians 13:7 - Love covers all things… suffers all things.
Galatians 6:2 - Bear one another's burdens.
Ephesians 4:2 - Suffer one another in love.
 
The pain of loving relationships comes in several dimensions. First we bear the weight when those we are in relationship with are weak. They cannot do all they should, so we need to "make up the difference." Here there is no intended harm meant. It is more of a weight than a pain.
 
The second dimension is that we feel vicariously the pains of others. Yeshua would weep in His daily prayer times (Hebrews 5:7) as He felt the suffering of others. Paul (Saul) said that he felt the suffering of those in the congregations under his authority. This pain is a spiritual pain; not your own pain. It is the loving identification of compassion and intercession.
 
The third dimension of pain is when someone you love hurts you. Here the pain is more direct. The depth of love is intimacy. Intimacy demands openness. Openness makes for vulnerability. That means you can be hurt or wounded. When we are hurt, we have the grace of Yeshua to help us forgive, overlook, communicate and receive healing. Yet the process still hurts.
 
Yeshua suffered the pain of the crucifixion in order to maintain a relationship with us. Our sin and His love caused the pain. Unfortunately, we are still causing Him pain. He forgave us on the cross. He continues to forgive us today.
 
Colossians 3:13-14 - Bearing with one another and forgiving one another. If anyone has a complaint against one another, even as Messiah forgave you, so you also must do. But above all things, put on love.
 
We are called to follow in Yeshua's footsteps. We act as He did on the cross. As He forgave us, we forgive others. He paid the price to continue in relationship with us. He suffered pain in order to love us. We suffer pain in order to love others. We walk by faith in the kind of sacrificial love that Yeshua had for us (1).
 
In His Grace,
Pastor Chris Skeens,
The Church of Jesus Christ at Ravenswood, WV
 
(1) Asher Intrater is the senior leader of a Messianic congregation in Israel. Asher's perspectives and insights are highly valued both in the Holy Land and beyond. He is also personal friend of Pastor Francis Frangipane. Our ministry is committed both to Israel and to the many excellent leaders in Israel's emerging church. For more information about Asher's ministry, please visit their website: www.revive-israel.org.

Comment by Angela Geddis on April 21, 2011 at 4:33am
this is so great! i pray that there will be a huge take up of places and that there will be a need for more of these times due to numbers requesting a place. our pastor has to have heart surgery sometime soon, so doubt he will be able to go, but please keep us posted about future similar events. may there be a wonderful outpouring of the Holy Spirit over those dates.
Comment by Phil Miglioratti on April 20, 2011 at 6:10pm

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Dear Pastor:

I’m writing to make you aware of a special opportunity for you to experience what for many will be an especially needed time for personal renewal.

Are you weary from the constant pressures of normal ministry where you are giving and going, teaching and preaching, administering and counseling, mobilizing and leading, loving and serving with little time to recharge your own spiritual batteries? This year LifeWay is offering two special opportunities for pastors to be strengthened, refreshed, and renewed. In a retreat setting away from the world’s distractions, with ample time alone with God, and in the fellowship of fellow servants, you will be revived, encouraged, and freshly inspired for the work to which God has called you.

In Exodus 3, Moses took his flock clear across the wilderness to Horeb (the Mountain of God). I believe he went there desperately seeking a fresh word from the Lord, and God revealed Himself to Moses in the burning bush. Sometimes we can hear God's voice best when we get away from normal distractions of very busy lives. I want to invite you to come aside and seek the Lord for a fresh encounter with Him. We're offering two opportunities from which to choose:

  1. In the mountains of Ridgecrest, North Carolina
  2. At the beautiful T Bar M Resort and Conference Center, New Braunfels, TX

Each retreat will begin with the evening meal on Monday and conclude by noon on Wednesday. Claude King (that's me), Discipleship Specialist and coauthor of Experiencing God and The Mind of Christ, and Bruce Raley, Manager of Leadership and Evangelism Training and Events and the Transformational Church team leader, will be coaches for the retreat. This is not just a conference or seminar filled with messages. Claude and Bruce want to encourage and inspire pastors from larger AND smaller churches with the recent testimonies of what God is doing to revive churches and transform lives and communities. You will be guided in building relationships with fellow pastors as you share and discuss common challenges and pray with and for one another. Times will be provided for you to get alone with God for the personal ministry only the Lord can provide. Themes for the sessions will include:

    • Your Story, Recognizing God's Activity in Your Life
    • Your Calling, Remembering God's Activity in Your Life and Ministry
  • Your Family, Reviewing Priorities in Family Relationships (we will preview the new movie "Courageous" during this session)
    • Your Father, Relating to God as Heavenly Father
    • Your Mission, Re-commissioning God's Shepherds for Their Mission

 

If you sense a need for spiritual refreshing or a fresh word from the Lord, ask the Lord if one of these retreats would be His invitation to you for a special time with Him. For more information or to register click the link below for the retreat of your choice:

Ridgecrest Conf Center

T Bar M Resort

If you have other questions, you may call me directly at the number below. If you need an encouraging word before the retreat, check out my video blog at www.lifeway.com/growingdisciples.

 

Yours for revival and harvest,

Claude V. King
Discipleship Specialist
Leadership and Evangelism Training & Events
LifeWay Church Resources
One LifeWay Plaza
Nashville, TN 37234-0152
Direct Line: 615-277-8451
Email: claude.king@lifeway.com
www.facebook.com/claude.king2
video blog: www.lifeway.com/growingdisciples
videos on Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/user1912789/videos

"We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ" (Col. 1:28, NIV).

Comment by Angela Geddis on January 1, 2011 at 4:57pm
i totally agree with Phil M regarding praying for our pastors to find other pastors to pray with. wouldnt it be wonderful if differences could be overlooked for once and who unites us could be the focus. my pastor meets with two groups, one which want to work together but not have relationship, and the other who go for relationship without wanting to do stuff together! we are praying for a group who will learn to love and trust each other enough to eventually get to the point where they can share the deepest personal stuff (where appropriate) and know that it will go no further than in private prayers. All it takes is perseverance on our part. praise God, ther are signs of this coming to pass.
Comment by Phil Miglioratti on December 27, 2010 at 1:20pm

When I was pastoring a congregation, the fellowship in the Spirit of a Pastors' Prayer group was a lifeline! ... prompting me to begin theNational Pastors' Prayer Network in 1996.

 

Pray for your pastor to find a group of pastors to pray with and for.

 

Comment by Dr. James Evans McReynolds on December 27, 2010 at 12:33pm

As a pastor, I feel so blue and down in January. Usually people are critical and mean after Christmas. We really had a good year in 2010 despite my wife's cancer, a tornado, financial stress, and powerlessness. As "minister of joy to the world," I need to get in touch with God's joy. I have a declining church in a little town with many churches. Pray that I and other pastors can renew their passion.  Pastor James E. McReynolds, Visionquests for Joy.

 

Comment by Angela Geddis on December 27, 2010 at 11:52am

I formed a prayer group for our pastors about 12 years ago. we pray each and every sunday morning at 9am for 45 minutes before the service. sometimes the Holy Spirit gets hold of us and we are there a lot longer! they are very often awesome times when we are aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit with us. This often then carries over into the meeting itself. we are 5 regular prayer leaders with a few others dropping in from time to time. the meeting is open to all, but getting people to turn out for prayer at any time is hard work and often frustrating. however we won't ever give up. our pastors (one is my husband) often comment on the power that comes from these times. they are rarely in the meeting, but know that they are welcome. they do pop in once in a while.

occasionally we need to get together for a re-focus time together on a friday evening. this will be taking place in the very near future as we can get a little stale in our prayers.

i did find some very useful pointers for prayer on the internet. i wish i knew who had written them. they are praying scriptures for the pastors, and are really helpful to us. i use them regularly. i am looking forward to hearing from and reading various comments from this group. living in the UK i dont have access to such likeminded groups, so thank God for Pray! and this site

Comment by Lisa Marie Fox on November 19, 2010 at 10:06am
As a Co-Pastor with my husband, we covet the prayers of the saints and we see, feel, and experience the evidence of those who pray for us Pastors. The prayers of the body matter so much to Pastors. We are on the front lines. We are responsible for watch over the souls, and setting the standard, being first partakers, and walking in honesty and integrity at all times. People are watching our lives all the times. Thank you for your prayers.

We pray for Pastors and Leaders all over the US and the world on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month at our Power Hour Prayer service and also for the marriages of Pastors and Leaders at our Marriage & Family Prayer Station on the 1st Friday nights at 7pm.
Comment by Paul Haden on September 10, 2010 at 9:40pm
Tuesday Morning Prayer for our Shepherds
9:30 AM in the Library

Those we are praying for:
(our staff and their families)

Prayer Points for pastors & staff:

> Grace
> Wisdom
> The leading of the Holy Spirit
> Favor with God & men
> Health and daily strength
> Protection from accident or injury
> Provision for all needs

Prayer Points for spouses and children:
> Health and strength daily
> Protection from accident or injury
> Any point where you see that the enemy might touch them to hinder the work of the ministry
****
We are a church of about 200. These are the prayer points we use each Tuesday morning in praying for our staff. Besides the staff, attendance is usually 6 – 8. We pray over each staffer until all present feel clear to move to the next one. Each staffer is asked about special needs and these are prayed over. It is a time of prayer specifically for their personal needs, not about the programs or activities they are involved in. We have been doing this for about two years.
Comment by Kathy Towle on September 3, 2010 at 7:05pm
How many of us currently have something in place in our churches where we cover our pastors and their families in prayer. If not daily, how about weekly? If you currently do not, have you ever considered starting something??
 

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