This is the first step in the series: “Ten Practical Steps For Planting New Churches,” written by Rev. Manuel Molina Flores.
Prayer begins with the church planter or the mother church when they discover God is guiding them to plant a church in a particular place. Pray for:
- Local leaders who will participate in the project
- A strategy
- The people you hope to win to Christ
- The material resources you will need
- Community leaders
- Permits and approvals you will need
Prayer will become one of the disciplines of growth for the new disciples. It will become a daily part of their new lives.
We must persist in prayer with expectant hearts (Col. 4:2-4), expecting God to bring receptive individuals and to guide us in what we will say. In that way we will be sure it is NOT human strategies that guide our ministry, but rather the Holy Spirit. This approach establishes a pattern of dependence on the Holy Spirit essential for success in following the steps in our strategy as founders of the new church (Zechariah 4:6).
Through prayer, the Holy Spirit will come to be our guide when we allow him to direct our methods and most effective tools. Sometimes we do not have access to sufficient funds to purchase materials, but the Holy Spirit’s help will be fundamental in giving creative ideas to the church planter or cell group leader.
For example, we use a map to pray for the city. We put our hands on it and ask God to direct us to the place ready to receive the Word. Later, we pray while we walk the streets of some hidden place. Many times, the response of a family that will open their home to the church has come first in the streets where we begin to pray.
Prayer must be modeled by the church planter, not only taught.
***In the next article we will continue with Step 2.