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Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Help Unite the World in Prayer on May 31st for the Global Day of Prayer!
On May 31st, millions of people will join together around the world to lift up their voices in prayer. Will you be one of them? We will be hosting a 24 hour prayer conference call and all you need to do is set aside some time to call-in and join with others to pray together for our world.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Loving Your City and ...
Reply now to join our Cityreaching Conference Call on May 21 at 10 a.m. CDT.
Our topic: "The International Revolution; Loving your cities and other countries to Christ - Acts 2". (11 a.m. Eastern daylight time, 9 Mountain, 8 Pacific)
Our guests are Dr. Mac Pier, Rev. Mike Owen and Pastor John Voinsky. Learn ways that local congregations are serving together in very PRACTICAL WAYS for kingdom impact locally and around the globe from these godly and gifted servants of Christ.
To RSVP for the call... email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting the dial-in #.
For more information regarding call guests, see...
Mac Pier, Executive Direction, Concerts of Prayer Greater New York, http://www.copgny.org/
Michael Owen, Director of New Initiatives, World Vision, http://www.worldvision.org/
Rev. Jarvis Ward, Mission America Coalition
Dr. Glenn Barth, GoodCities
Saturday, May 02, 2009
Sharpen Your Prayer Leading Skills
Critical Prayer for a Critical Time
August 4-6, 2009
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary ~ Ft Worth, TX
Our nation's economic crisis calls for pastors who can lead their people in strong prayers of faith and hope. Our hearts are burdened. We need another National Pastors' Prayer Summit.
A Prayer Experience that Equips You to Lead Corporate Prayer
This Prayer Summit is like no other. It combines the uniqueness of "Spirit-led, worship-fed, corporate-bred prayer" and at the same time, provides training opportunities for reproducing it in your congregation. It is a Prayer Summit Plus! Our goal? To equip you as a leader in your local setting.
“As a Sr. Pastor, I’ve had the joy of leading my congregation in dozens of local church Prayer Summits. Summits are a powerful environment for personal revival and a core catalyst to church health. This is an urgent time to equip more pastors to lead this kind of experience in their own local church. I know of no better tool and no better time for a genuine work of renewal. I believe pastors should make this event a top priority if they are serious about real revival in their church.”
Phil Miglioratti - Founder National Pastors' Prayer Network:
"More and more pastors are realizing they need to become the prayer champion of their congregation, but recognize that teaching and preaching on prayer is not enough. Since most of us lack the skills to lead dynamic corporate prayer, the
- A deeper love for the Lord, Jesus Christ
- An ability to help others develop a deeper love for Him through worship-based, corporate prayer
- An increased skilli n facilitating dynamic corporate prayer experiences
- An awareness of how corporate, worship-based prayer can be included in many areas of your congregation
- An understanding of how Scripture, music and creativity relate to facilitation
- An understanding of common obstacles and how to avoid or address them
- An exposure to resources to make your times of prayer most effective
- Your questions addressed
- An exposure to several prayer settings such as large group, small group, prayer for individuals, incorporating communion into prayer, etc.
- A new commitment to "prayer and the ministry of the word" (Acts 6:4)
Download the official flier here.
A Prayer for National Day of Prayer
Dutch Sheets invites ALL American Christians to pray for America using Abraham Lincoln's 1863 "Proclamation for National Day of Humiliation, Fasting & Prayer" from April 30 ~ May 7, 2009 (National Day of Prayer: www.ndptf.org). Please go to http://www.dutchsheets.org/
Lt. Col. Peter Kendrick's "How to Pray for the Military" is also attached to this E-mail. Please open, read & effectively pray for the United States Military during these most critical days in our nation's history.
Proclamation for National Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
"Walking with God in the Land of Blog"
I now have a blog (short for “web log”). My son and one of our interns set it up for me at www.danielhenderson.org. There is already a post on my blog with a cool video link. They took something I recently wrote and posted it for me. I’ve yet to personally post anything – but will likely give it a try soon enough.
Of course, I am already pretty overwhelmed with e-mail, a LinkedIn account, two Facebook accounts, and two Twitter accounts. I am not sure where I will find the time to write blog posts – or even why I should do it. But, I will probably get drawn in at some point.
Some non-technical readers may not even know what I am talking about. “Blogs”, “LinkedIn”, “Twitter”, “Facebook”, “MySpace,” and “SocialVibe” all sound like a foreign language to many. Other readers, probably younger, are busy using all of the above social networks – plus some.
So the other day, I asked my son some obvious questions. I queried, “Do you think all these Christian leaders (who post blog entries several times a day, send and receive Twitter messages numerous times hourly, and check Facebook daily) spend more or less time with God as a result of all the social networking?” I also postulated, “Do you think they spend more or less time in substantive ministry to the real needs of people?” Of course, the ultimate answers must be resolved one life and one day at a time.
Unless all these other believers are taking major portions of time away from eating, sleeping, or showering – I suspect their “devotional” habits and face-to-face ministry encounters have slipped. Assuming this, how are we to think of it all?
Communicating – Certainly communicating ideas, scriptural truth, and even ministry opportunities is a positive thing. Many ministries (such as Strategic Renewal) use these ministry networks to share devotional thoughts, ministry updates, and words of spiritual encouragement.
Prayer – Certainly these tools allow people to share prayer requests, answers to prayer, and assurances that one is praying for others. As long as we still take time to actually pray, it is good to communicate around the themes of prayer.
The Danger of Social Networking
Neglected Stewardship – We are stewards of our time, energy, money, and opportunities. I am just not sure all of these high-tech toys are really the best use of our time. Leaders spend hours writing redundant blogs that hardly anyone reads. Why? Maybe this self-expression is therapeutic. Maybe it would be better spent in a Bible study or prayer time with real people in the same room.
Considering all of this, I guess we all need to be careful in the deepest sense of the word – a day at a time. All things in moderation.
These new gadgets and expressions are simply tools – they can be helpful or dangerous, depending on the motivation and volume of their use. I often say, “There is nothing wrong with the tools – but there is a difference between simply using the tools, and actually depending on the tools.” The acid test of which choice we are making is the prayer level of our lives – since prayer is the expression of our dependence on God, not the tools.
In these critical days when we need to be desperate, seeking God and moving toward a much-needed revival – any distraction will do. Regardless of the low or high-tech nature of the tools, we all need to guard our affections and attention – now more than ever.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Is Your Congregation/City Movement Ready?.
Join us Oct 23 to find out how you can launch Ready Church in your city and position your city network to play a critical role in preparing for and responding to emergencies/disasters of all kinds. You’ll learn how to restore the church’s role as an agent of positive change in your community, how to strengthen and sustain your city reaching efforts, how to win permission to share the gospel in season and out, and learn more about a Biblical collaboration opportunity to transformation our cities for Christ in such a time as this!
WHEN: Oct 23rd at 10am CDT, 8am PT
Guests: Mary Marr, CEN Founder and Chairman of CEN (national network/city leader), and Dr. Sam Tillery, Together in Christ (Sonoma county/city leader), John Howland (Local Chapter champion), Dr John Schmitt (Santa Rosa champion pastor)
Please reply to this email to receive the phone number and code email@example.com.
A Personal note from Jarvis:
Two years ago a tanker truck filled with one of the most lethal substance on our planet over turned on interstate 20 and required an evacuation of our community. Our local congregation along with all of the other congregations did not have a plan for disaster preparedness, response and evacuation. We were neither as a local church nor as a coalition of churches prepared/ready to evacuate the elderly and those without transportation. We realized we needed to help prepare local congregations and help them work together to respond and minister through a prayer-care-share lifestyle in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. If you live in a community where you local church does not have a plan and or has not developed a plan for coordinated emergency/disaster response, I strongly urge you to join this call and invite other local pastors!
Prepare for this conference call by reading ahead the full Ready Church Report at www.christianemergencynetwork.org.
Register your city once you have read the full report saying you are interested in taking the next step in your city for CEN to contact you.
Remember cities all across our nation are already responding to this opportunity on a first come first serve line.
Please reply to this email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the number and code.
National Facilitator City/Community Ministries
Mission America Coalition