Prayer groups

Centering prayer: a pathway to healing and transformation

Author
Barbara W Gorsky
Abstract
The objective of this project was to determine if participating in centering prayer diminishes the internal stressors caused by traumatic experiences by allowing God's presence to bring healing and transformation. The method was to establish two centering prayer groups meeting for six weeks to engage in centering prayer daily with weekly group meetings. To evaluate the effectiveness of centering prayer practice, pre-centering prayer and post-centering prayer surveys were conducted to determine stress changes noted due to the centering prayer. The findings of this research should encourage churches to find ways to provide quiet, meditative prayer time to allow for God's presence to bring healing and transformation.

The Lord's Prayer: a model for small group prayer

Author
Matthew James Clausen
Abstract
In this project the researcher (a) studied the meaning of the Lord's Prayer in its first century Biblical context, (b) explored current literature related to the applications of the Lord's Prayer in the life of the believer and in community discipleship, (c) developed a strategy for using the Lord's Prayer as a model for prayer in the adult community groups at First Baptist Church of Minneapolis, (d) implemented the strategy within specific adult community groups and (e) evaluated the impact of the use of the strategy on participants.

Out of control: building a house of prayer experience (h.o.p.e) within a congregation

Author
Sabine Vatel
Abstract
This dissertation seeks to demonstrate the viability of a midweek prayer meeting within the local church by using a North American congregation as its research setting. The project's thesis question is: "Can I create an alternative model that will help pastors increase their congregational midweek prayer meetings?" The author therefore conducted an ethographical study to find recommendations to share with church leaders and pastors. She primarily concluded that it is possible to maximize the use of the midweek prayer meeting as an avenue for energizing people's prayer life and helping with their spiritual formation.

Multiplication of pastor-to-pastor prayer cells in Spokane for the purpose of spiritual revival and awakening

Author
John Somerville Repsold
Abstract
The author's objective in this D. Min. project and research was to encourage the development and multiplication of prayer cells of pastor throughout the greater Spokane, Washington, area with the intent of formenting spiritual revival and awakening in Spokane and the Inland Northwest. The author combined research of biblical and historic revivals and their relationship to praying leadership with a study of historical, sociological and contemporary ecclesiastical factors of his target community. Over a year of study and implementation of various prayer strategies seeking to multiply revival-oriented prayer groups is chronicled in this paper.

Developing a prayer ministry team equipped to minister physical and inner healing prayer

Author
Jean Hess
Abstract
The researchable question for this project was, "Will training on healing and wholeness lead to measurable change for the participants and motivate them to be part of a Healing Prayer Team at Corona Presbyterian Church?" Christians, like non-Christians, are hurting. These hurts are physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual. Intimacy with God and his Word, appropriation of the cross, and reliance on the Holy Spirit were taught as the essential dynamics of all healing prayer ministries. The Elijah House model of inner healing, which includes looking for the root cause beneath the surface of problems, formed part of the curriculum.

Prayer teams for ministry in a local Mennonite church

Author
Douglas J Zehr
Abstract
This project involves an experiential workshop to develop prayer teams for ministry. Ten participants completed the workshop. A survey assessed participant's growth and development in biblical understanding, use of skills, appreciation for and willingness to exercise prayer, as well as self-esteem in regard to personal contributions and sense of partnership with God and others. The data supports the value of a workshop to equip teams. The implication of this project is that there is power in unity and sharing the tasks of ministry. Two or more individuals working together have the potential to produce more than the sum of their strengths.

Developing an intercessory prayer ministry in the Lafayette Korean Baptist Church, Lafayette, Louisiana, based upon selected teachings of Jesus in the four gospels

Author
Youn Soo Shim
Abstract
This project focuses upon the development and implementation of an intercessory prayer ministry for the Korean Lafayette Baptist Church, Lafayette, Louisiana. In order to achieve this objective, the project leader enlisted nine people for training as a part of the project. The director preached eight sermons on various aspects of prayer and developed materials for eight sessions of instruction for nine people who composed the small group. These sermons and materials for the appendices. These nine people have become the catalysts for the implementation of an intercessory prayer ministry which was launched on June 5, 2005. The first goal is to understand the nature and discern the basic principles of intercessory prayer within the teachings of Jesus. Second is to develop an intercessory prayer ministry at the Lafayette Korean Baptist Church. The project leader's method for the implementation of these goals is to select a group of nine people and teach them the foundational elements on prayer that are found in the teachings of Jesus and to offer pragmatic opportunities to pray. This project will last for eight weeks. The final goal is to equip this core group for leadership responsibilities in launching a perennial intercessory ministry in their church. The project includes theological foundations and pragmatic emphases on intercessory prayer.

Revitalizing the prayer ministry of First Baptist Church by training prayer leaders for prayer groups

Author
Stephen C Wisthoff
Abstract
This project is to train laity at First Baptist Church of Bismarck, ND, in the discipline of prayer and form small groups with prayer as their focus. A series of six prayer-training sessions were held to discuss issues of prayer and learn new methods. An evaluation instrument was administered at the beginning and end of the process. Included in the report is a theology and biblical support for the practice of private and corporate prayer, discussing historical and modern prayer movements. The curriculum outline, two sermon series, and two types of questionnaires (weighted and subjective), are included in the report.

Engaging the power of prayer to transform the city: helping local congregations rediscover the art of social holiness

Author
A Patricia Longabaugh
Abstract
The context was Hemenway United Methodist Church in Evanston, Illinois. The purpose was to persuade congregants that prayer for community transformation and rediscovery of the art of social holiness was crucial. The preacher taught a five-week study entitled Acts 29: Fifty Days to Invite the Holy Spirit. A control group received no treatment. Measurement instruments were questionnaires, a focus group, and individual interviews. The response was positive. A community prayer ministry was established, including boxes placed in local business inviting prayer requests, and a prayer room initially open to the public six and one half hours daily was established.

Dynamic prayer as the catalyst for God to move the Clinton United Presbyterian Church from maintenance to revitalization

Author
John V Callahan
Abstract
The thesis is that dynamic prayer can be the catalyst for God to move the Clinton United Presbyterian Church from maintenance to revitalization. The author researched dynamic prayer in a group in which participants prayed daily for three months for God to reveal God's will for Clinton Church's ministries. The author used participants' surveys and recorded experiences to evaluate God's work and spiritual growth through prayer. The conclusion was that spiritual growth resulted in six individuals who became closer to God through dynamic prayer and gained a clearer understanding of ministry in their church. Those individuals produced small and steady changes in their church.
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