When missionaries go overseas they begin forming a support team. This often takes place a few years before the missionary actually lands on the ground in their cross-cultural context.
One aspect of this team is financial. And much could be said in this regard, both positive and not so positive.
Another aspect is that of prayer.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing”. A rather convicting quote. And a quote that those who’ve done mission work will resonate with.
A prayer team is essential for those who are commissioned and sent to places around the world in order to spread the Good News of Jesus.
I think this is the case for those of us in youth ministry too.
Recently I’ve been convinced of the need to form a prayer team around me, my family, and the ministry we’re involved in. In fact, I’m not quite sure why I hadn’t initiated this previously.
So about a month ago I sent an email to a few friends who I thought would be willing to commit to being on this team.
Here’s what I wrote:
I’m attempting to form a prayer team for me, my fam, and the ministry we’re doing at Rowville BC. It’s been something I’ve been thinking of for a while and sense the necessity for. You no doubt understand the need for this in your context and I believe it applies to local church min too.
Anyway, this is simply to ask if you’re willing to be part of that team.
What will it require, you may ask?
(1) That you commit to pray for me, my fam and the ministry here at RBC once per week.
(2) Actually pray for me, my fam, and the ministry here at RBC once per week.
I’ll be committing to sending out an email to the group with 3 prayer points each week too.
Thanks for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
So far I’ve had nothing but positive responses, and there is no pressure to being on the team. I currently have a group of 7 willing to commit to this and there may well be others who will join over time. None of the members know who else is on the team as I simply bcc them in. None of them attend my church, and in fact many of them are overseas themselves.
If you’re a Youth Pastor I reckon you should do this.
- You can’t do youth ministry alone. A team of people praying for you will hold you and sustain you.
- Prayer gets squashed out for programs and people. How much have you really prayed this week? This actually raises the temperature of your own prayer life too.
- It keeps you accountable. People are seeing what you need and will ask questions about it.
- You end up thinking about your priorities. To write 3 succinct points keeps you focussed on what’s important in life and ministry.
- It reminds you of the positive things God is doing through the ministry. Each week I write a little highlight at the bottom of the email. It’s encouraging to think about the positives for the week.
It’s worth doing, I’d get on to it if I was you.