Praying for Church Leadership

2020 was difficult for people in many professions. The restaurant industry barely made it. Tourism almost came to a stop. The cinemas were closed when the summer blockbusters came out. There is also another particular group that faced new challenges, though you may not have heard about them in the news. This group is church leaders.

Having to lead a church is no small task. Having to lead a church through a pandemic is even more difficult. Online ministries were set up at a moment’s notice. Sermons were preached to empty auditoriums. Decisions on how to meet safely, or even meet at all, were at the forefront. Budget concerns were real. Ministries were established or altered to meet the needs of hurting communities. None of these were easy and retreating wasn’t an option. 

So as we begin this new year, let’s spend some time praying for the leadership of Immanuel. 

Hebrews 13:17-18 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.”

So first, pray for the pastoral leadership to properly care for the souls they keep watch over. This includes praying for God to give them wisdom as they prepare sermons, worship services, Bible studies, gatherings, discipleship, and so much more. Furthermore, ask God to give them the strength to persevere joyfully in all aspects of their ministry.

In addition, pray for God’s favor to be upon them as they seek His direction for Immanuel. Ask God to keep them healthy in all aspects of life -- physically, spiritually, and emotionally. 

As verse 18 says, pray they will act honorably in all things. Temptation will certainly come their way, so ask for the Spirit to protect them as they seek to live and serve with a clear conscience. 

2020 saw them leading through a pandemic. 2021 will hopefully be about leading out of a pandemic. They need our prayers as they work to get things started again, as momentum can be a difficult thing to get going.

I want to ask one more thing. Identify at least one person on staff at Immanuel and pray these things specifically for them. Then, send them a note of encouragement to let them know they were prayed for. You can keep it anonymous if you want. 

By Philip Jones

Philip and his wife, Stacy, have been attending Immanuel since 2015. They are blessed to be raising four kids. His passion in ministry is to help others follow Jesus through teaching, preaching, and personal discipleship.

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