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April 8th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

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Why Participate in One Prayer?

OnePrayer.comIf you’re trying to decide whether your church should take part in One Prayer, I wanted to share some potential benefits:

  • People who don’t go to church take notice when churches bicker and tear each other down. You can show them something different with One Prayer. Instead of just talking about Jesus, we display His love through a unified and global biblical community.
  • It’s a great way to bring energy to your church during what typically might be a slow season.
  • One Prayer can help your people shift their focus outward through community service and outreach projects, as well as an offering to inspire generosity beyond the four walls of your church building.
  • It’s the perfect opportunity for corporate prayer and fasting.
  • If you’ve been wondering whether video teaching would work at your church, One Prayer is a low-risk way to try it out.
  • You can build new relationships with churches in your community. Team up with them on a service project or simply use it as the reason to reach out and make a connection with other pastors. You never know what might result from those relationships!
  • One Prayer is a chance for your church to experience something global. So far, churches from South Africa, Guatemala, Great Britain, India, Nigeria, Honduras, Australia, Bolivia, and more are participating.
  • It gives pastors 3-4 weeks off from teaching, while other great spiritual leaders bring new perspectives to your church.

Now is the ideal time to register your church for One Prayer 2010.

If you’re already signed up, we’re glad to have you on board! We’d love it if you tell other pastors about One Prayer.  We don’t want to leave anyone out that wants to participate.  Don’t assume that everyone knows…they don’t.  Please take the time to invite your networks of relationships to join with us all. We’ve prepared some resources to make it easy for you to spread the word.

I’m really excited to see what God does in and through our churches during the third year of One Prayer!

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  1. Apr 8, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Another great reason is that you can get your next generation involved too with One Prayer series from our free Open site! Look for LifeKIDS.tv “Be the One” for elementary kids, THE LOOP “The Pour” for middle schoolers, and SWITCH “Love Moves” for students!

    Each of these series were designed to challenge kids and students to take their place in the global body of Christ by sharing, serving, and giving! We’ll drop them in May just as soon as they wrap!

  2. Apr 8, 2010 at 11:47 pm

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  3. 3@Q_Everything
    May 10, 2010 at 11:48 am

    This is just one person’s opinion… perhaps mine also:

    Matthew 6:5-8 5″And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, THAT THEY MAY BE SEEN BY OTHERS. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

    7″And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
    · “People who don’t go to church take notice when churches bicker and tear each other down. You can show them something different with One Prayer. Instead of just talking about Jesus, we display His love through a unified and global biblical community.”
    [Use and publicize our conversation with God as a form of evidence of potential and temporary love between churches]
    · “It’s a great way to bring energy to your church during what typically might be a slow season.”
    [Use and publicize our conversation with God as a tool to initiate “activity”, to mask a truth that might better be addressed directly.]
    · “One Prayer can help your people shift their focus outward through community service and outreach projects, as well as an offering to inspire generosity beyond the four walls of your church building.”
    [Use and publicize our conversation with God as a form of evangelism fervor]
    · “It’s the perfect opportunity for corporate prayer and fasting.”
    [Ok, this might align with Matthew 6]
    · “If you’ve been wondering whether video teaching would work at your church, One Prayer is a low-risk way to try it out.”
    [Use and publicize our conversation with God as an ulterior pilot project.]
    · “You can build new relationships with churches in your community. Team up with them on a service project or simply use it as the reason to reach out and make a connection with other pastors. You never know what might result from those relationships!”
    [Can we just pray for the sake of prayer, and be intentional and purely motivated to do these other things?]
    · “One Prayer is a chance for your church to experience something global. So far, churches from South Africa, Guatemala, Great Britain, India, Nigeria, Honduras, Australia, Bolivia, and more are participating.”
    [Use our conversation with God to feel good about ourselves with others]
    · “It gives pastors 3-4 weeks off from teaching, while other great spiritual leaders bring new perspectives to your church.”
    [Use our conversation with God to give the pastor a break.]