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I am the communications person for a group of church missions leaders that meets every other month for lunch.  We have about 20 each time and 232 people are on the email distribution list.  I lead a prayer meeting for church missions leaders one hour every other month, in between our lunch meeting, sending the prayer sheet ahead of time. Few people were coming, so I changed the day of the week, but still few or no one came. So I changed it to a prayer phone call. I still only have one or no one join me. This is discouraging, especially because these are church leaders. If they do not see the value of praying with other church leaders, how can they lead their churches in prayer?  I may change the day of the week again.  I think this is so important and I do not give up easily, but if that doesn't work I may give up. Any ideas? 

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Comment by Phil Miglioratti on April 24, 2015 at 12:41pm

Becky,

This has me thinking . . . "most evangelicals do not actually consider themselves intercessors"

Comment by Becky Susan Durstenfeld on April 24, 2015 at 1:09am

Thanks.  Many of the people in this group are lay people and I don't have everyone's phone numbers. I also don't have time to call them as I have a list of over 200 people!  It is a good idea to pray for them; I would just need to figure out how to fit that into my life, as I am involved in many different things, all of which need prayer.  I will see if changing the day of the week helps.  My son suggested I have a survey to give people when we meet for our next lunch to try to find out what might help get them engaged.  A huge problem in our area is that people are too busy.  I also think that most evangelicals do not actually consider themselves intercessors, so they don't see the prayer meetings as being for them - they feel prayer meetings are only for those with a special gift of intercession, even though all believers are called to intercession. 

Comment by Phil Miglioratti on March 26, 2015 at 2:50pm

Bless you for your vision and faithfulness!

Ideas:

  • Pray for each person by name if possible that they would become prayer-driven
  • Call each one personally and ask if they would take 2 minutes to pray with you over the list you sent; 1 minute each
  • Before you hang up, ask how you can pray for them

We need to keep inviting people to the place of prayer but we also need to take prayer to the place they can be reached.

Please feedback,

Phil

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