AUG 2017 | eNEWSLETTER

In this issue:

  • Thoughts From the Summer – Sarah Hunter
  • Fall Series – BOLD FAITH
  • Week of Prayer
  • Fall Forum [Read more…]

How to lead a Prayer Meeting – September 2017

In the week of September 11th -17th,  Beulah is having a week of Prayer. We want to invite you as MSCs and Small Groups to also join in on this vital ministry. Mark Buchanan, in a talk to our staff stated, “The North American Church is rich in resources and poor in impact. “ We want to change that. God works through prayer. God especially works as believers gather and together agree on what to pray for. You as an MSC or Small Group have an excellent opportunity to make an impact on God’s Kingdom by praying together. This is a critical year at Beulah as we seek to establish a Southwest Campus with a new building. So why not have your MSC and/or Small Group participate in the Week of Prayer- you can do that in your own homes.

Effective Group Prayer Guidelines

As a leader, you have the freedom to shape the prayer event in the prayer event so that it is best suited for your group. You know your context better than anyone else. My suggestion is that you only pray 10 minutes at a time and then transition to a new topic. That way you can keep the evening moving and an hour will pass quickly.

You could also break into smaller groups for prayer. What has worked well for me is to keep the group, (10 people or so), together for the praise time and then divide up into groups of three or four for petition prayer. By having smaller groups, you encourage a high level of participation. Here are a few guidelines…

  1. Begin prayer in praise. Praise Him for who He is, for what He is like. Thank the Lord for His greatness and goodness shown in your life. List the blessings you are experiencing; name them to Him.
  2. Pray for Kingdom concerns first. Pray for the church, pray for people far from God (by name), pray for hurting people, pray for ministries, pray for church leaders and for missionaries, etc.
  3. Pray one request at a time. Keep prayers short. You can pray multiple times, but it is better to have many people pray in a group rather than have a few who prayed many items.
  4. Pray around one topic at a time. When a prayer request is made, keep praying the same theme. Prayer around different aspects of that request. After you sense the group has prayed through a theme or focus, move on to something else and pray around that.
  5. Pray for one another. Toward the end of the prayer time, share personal requests and then ask for God’s blessing on one another. It is a privilege to pray for one another!

What to pray for:

  1. Pray Scripture for Beulah

Ephesians 1:17-23 (Pray all together as a group)

17) I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give Beulah the Spirit [a] of wisdom and revelation, so that the attenders of Beulah Church may know him better. 18) I pray that the eyes of Beulah’s heart may be enlightened in order that Beulah Church may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19) and his incomparably great power for those who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20) he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21) far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22) And God placed ALL THINGS under his feet and appointed him to be HEAD over everything for the universal church and local churches including Beulah, 23) which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (NIV based)

  1. Prayers for Beulah church

(Share/discuss the rationale with the group- it is a teaching point)

  • For an out pouring of the Holy Spirit on our ministries and Beulah Church.

Rationale: Because spiritual power and effectiveness is directly related to the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives and ministry. Prayer is the key to unleashing His power.

  • That Beulah Church reach one percent of the City for Christ.

Rationale: People without Christ often experience a sense of meaninglessness, hurt, brokenness, unforgiveness, shame, and fractured relationships and are missing the abundant life Jesus                 has to offer. We were created for a relationship with our Creator and we want everyone to experience that.

  • Growth of our Church.

The presence of a place of worship, community connection and teaching can serve as a catalyst for evangelism and discipleship to reach southwest Edmonton for Christ.

  • Community involvement.

Rationale: As people become connected in community they get to live out the “one another’s” in Scripture and begin to experience the richness of having brothers and sisters as part of                         their lives. People learn and grow best in relationship with others. A deep level of care occurs in community.

  • Evangelism.

Rationale: Nothing matters to God more than a lost person and he wants everyone to be part of His family/ Kingdom. This is what Jesus died for.

  • Beulah would become a house of Prayer.

Rationale: As we practice prayer more and more, we will see God do greater and greater activities in our midst.

  1. Prayers for Specific Beulah Ministries

(Ask your people what they can pray for regarding these ministries… then add some ministries if you like.)

  • Alpha
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Youth Ministry
  • Worship Ministry
  • Preaching Ministry
  • Pastoral Staff and Keith
  • ?
  1. Ministries beyond Beulah West Campus
  • Arabic Church
  • Lighthouse
  • Whitemud Creek
  • Refugee ministry… that many of the new immigrants who are Muslim would come to Christ.
  • Darren and Naomi Herbold
  • Missionaries
  • Persecuted Church
  • Government
  • City election.
  1. Prayer for your group
  • Inviting seekers to your group.
  • Spiritual growth amongst your members.
  • Truly support, love and encourage one another.
  • Authentic sharing and openness.
  • ?
  1. Prayer for personal needs

(Have people share one or two personal need and then pray for one another)

Summary

These are ideas to help you shape an evening of prayer together. Use only that which is helpful and if the Spirit leads you to pray for other items that is great. If you have any questions, please be free to call.

During the week of prayer, email your people and reminded them to bring the Prayer Guide, which will be in the bulletin on September 9th/10th, to the meeting. Let’s trust God for great things at Beulah this ministry year!

Tim Doherty for Ray Wiens

 

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In this issue:

  • Devotional – Getting Ready – Tim Doherty
  • Bold Faith Series Coming Up in the Fall
  • 2 Ways to Live BLESS
  • Fun BONUS video

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In this issue:

  • Spring Bring Invitation Thing
  • Comedy & Dessert Night
  • Block Party Trailer

We are excited that 7700 people gathered to celebrate Easter Weekend. And at Beulah we are passionate about creating spaces for friendship and life change.

What if those people want to Grow through Community? God knows the name of every person who gathered at Easter. We would like you to know their names as well. (Ok, not all of them!)

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  • It just gets better | Stories
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  • Comedy & Dessert Night

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In this issue:

  • A Time to Play
  • See you at the Forum
  • Into our beautiful future: How are we going to get there?
  • As doors open, walk through them: Your group and Alpha
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In this issue:

  • Because you’re a saint…
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In this issue:

  • The Parable of the Poop: How you grow as you serve others who grow
  • The Great Inviters: Influencing toward COMMUNITY
  • Prayer week in January
  • Using The HUB to connect, encourage, lead, plan life in community
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In this issue:

  • Good for us: Family, Servants. Missionaries. And rebels?
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  • Encouraged + Equipped
  • What to do when someone is new – or missing
  • NOSE
  • Impact YEG
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