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Small Groups

Small groups play a vital role in any church – but they need to be well led! The features in this section will help you along the way in training leaders for the small groups in your church.

Prayer in the Home Group

[Your Name Here]

Written by Andrew Waugh

You can download the PDF of this resource here.

Leading Homegroup Prayer - a Checklist

 

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF PRAYER IN HOME GROUPS?

 

  • It brings us closer together
  • It releases God's power
  • It brings us closer to God
  • Dutch Sheets says in Intercessory Prayer: It's at least arguable that God doesn't do anything apart from us

 

 WHAT ABOUT FORMAT FOR PRAYER IN SMALL GROUPS?

 

  • All together?  (Then restrict the length of individual contributions by asking everyone clearly to make it only one sentence long?)
  • In pairs or triplets?  With the same personnel each week if possible; and with a notebook to record answers to prayer
  • Everyone simultaneously? Can be exciting, or intimidating for some...
  • Silence can be helpful if it's positive and prepared for.  Sometimes intimacy with God means `come and rest awhile', and we need to be able to lead people into that

 

LEAD!

  • Start (`Lord, we know you're here') and end (`Thank you for hearing us/keep us watchful for the answers') positively
  • Give a clear `Amen' during prayer
  • Keep an eye on the time
  • Give clear instructions
  • Remind of confidentiality regarding what is shared
  • Model vulnerability and dependence.  (E.g., that you too have difficulties - though without it turning into a therapy session; to imply `I have no problems' is to act as if we're independent of God)
  • Maintain balance: of content (personal, local, church, world...); sense of mission as against self-oriented needs; right view of God; no one person to dominate
  • Delegate

Shirley Lees says God has five answers to prayer: `Yes', `No', `Wait', `I will if you will', `Mind your own business!'

David Hein says: `Every prayer is answered', ie pray expectantly but not necessarily expecting to get what we want. (NB the implications of that for keeping a prayer journal in the group)

 

BE IMAGINATIVE

  • Making a pile of pebbles with each person contributing, to remember what God has done for us (compare Joshua 4)
  • Prayer journey: going round your home with Christ - or walking down our town’s main street with Christ
  • Prayer walk around your area (`virtual' or actual)
  • Use of images, printed or on a laptop
  • When praying for Alpha, assemble `props' to focus group's minds on how the evening goes

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We're in God's presence, so listen - intuitions we receive here are probably worth listening to!

 

NOTES EDITED BY PETE LOWMAN; INPUT PRIMARILY FROM ANDREW WAUGH.