We have had great response from our 12 Weeks of Prayerful Commitments. They were written by Pastor and Church Growth Leader, Thom S. Rainer, in his book Autopsy of a Deceased Church, for churches to pray for new possibilities of growth within communities.
If you missed a week, here are weeks 1 – 8:
Prayerful Commitment Week 1
God, open my eyes that I might see my church as You see it. Let me see where change needs to take place, even if it is painful to me. And use me, I pray, to be an instrument of that change whatever the cost.
Prayerful Commitment Week 2
God, please let me be part of the solution and not the problem. Show me what I need to see. Open my eyes to Your reality. And give me the courage to move forward in the directions You desire.
Prayerful Commitment Week 3
God, give me the conviction and the courage to be like the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11. Teach me not to hold onto those things in my church that are my personal preferences and styles. Show me not only how to let go, but where to let go, so that I may heed Your commands more closely.
Prayerful Commitment Week 4
God, give my church and me a heart for our community. Let me see the people through Your eyes. And give me the courage and the wisdom to let go of this church, so that others who best reflect the needs of this community can lead us and teach us.
Prayerful Commitment Week 5
Lord, help me to grasp that all the money I think I have is really Yours. Help me to grasp that all the money our church has is not the church’s, but Yours. Give us healthy giving hearts to use these funds according to Your purpose as determined by our leaders.
Prayer Commitment Week 6
Lord, remind me that I am to be a Great Commission Christian in a Great Commission church. Remind me that, in Your strength, I am to do whatever it takes to reach out into my community with the transforming power of the gospel.
Prayerful Commitment Week 7
Lord, open my eyes to the needs of others. Show me how to live more like Your Son, who always put others’ interests first. And especially show me that attitude as I serve in my church.
Prayerful Commitment Week 8
God, please give our pastor a heart and a vision to reach and minister to people beyond our own walls. Teach me to be the kind of church member who encourages and supports our pastor, so he is not discouraged and disillusioned.