Manly Life Church values creating space in all that we do for the Spirit of God to meet with people and minister to their hearts and minds, bringing transformation, restoration & life! Prayer Ministry time on a Sunday is a vital part of building this culture within the life of our Church Family & Community.
We have the honour of being vessels of God’s love poured out to those who choose to respond or are in need within our community. Whether it’s prayer for healing, encouragement, breakthrough or something else, we are primarily there to represent the love and power of God. We are empowered by the the Holy Spirit to minister to the church, His Bride.
Even if you have been serving in ministry for years please read the following. It is important that we are all clear about what is expected from us and that we are best prepared to serve, bless, and honour the Lord.
Pre-service Prayer Meeting
There is a Pre-Service Prayer Meeting 30 minutes before each service. With Victoria Giovanelli leading the evening one at 4.30 p.m and Mish Downey the morning one at 9.00 am. It would be greatly appreciated if you could please attend these prayer meetings regularly, but especially on the Sundays you are rostered on to minister. If you have children they can go into the creche early.
At the start of the meeting we will brief you on the prayer points for that service and also share any particular prep you might need in order to be prepared for ministering. The briefing for the service on Sunday takes place generally at the start of the meeting when we kick off so it’s important to be there on time.
We love hearing prophetic words, words of knowledge, scriptures, visions and pictures that relate to the service so please feel free to share them during the meeting and pray into them. The Service leader will join us once they are prepped and we can pass anything relevant on to them, which could really bless them and the service. Longer personal stories might not be appropriate though as we don’t have much time and want to focus our prayers on the services that are about to take place.
Spending time with God before you arrive for the prayer meeting is so valuable – being in His presence brings us all into His heart and we arrive fired up and ready to pray. We also ask that you bring your heart before the Lord asking if there is anything there that you need to repent of so that you are in a safe place to minister to others.
Prayer Ministry most often happens after the preaching/teaching of the word during our Sunday services.
- As Ministry members who are rostered on, please listen intently to the teaching so you are prepared for ministry that will flow off the back of what God is speaking to us through the teaching of the word.
- As a team we should follow directions from either the preacher or service leader on how how the Holy Spirit is leading us as a community and how ministry will practically take place: e.g. you may be asked to gather down the front to pray for people as they come forward or you may be asked to move around amongst the community laying hands etc. Be ready for anything!
During Ministry Time
We believe that through prayer ministry God can move in a person’s life. A typical prayer session may involve:
- Interviewing for needs and start praying by laying that before God
- Asking the Holy Spirit to come and move
- Waiting and agreeing with what God is doing (ask yourself: What does the Bible say about their situation? Pray any relevant scriptures over them. What does the kingdom of heaven look like in their circumstance? Pray that into their life!).
- Follow up to see if need for more prayer? Do they need follow up from Pastoral team?
- Share encouragements with them and thank God for what He is doing.
- A ministry kit containing tissues, anointing oil, and new believer packs is housed in a black plastic container which we will put on the side of the stage each week. The new believer packs have a prayer of salvation within which you may like to use should anyone come to you asking to become a Christian. They also have a New Testament and church information inside. On the outside of the pack is a form which we would like you to please ask the person to complete, and for you to please pop it back in the ministry kit box so that we can follow the person up. Pens can be found inside the ministry kit box as well.
After The Service
Sometimes we can be standing with people in prayer who are in the midst of very difficult situations or circumstances so it is important that if you feel heavy or burdened after a time of ministry with someone that you phone or grab your ministry co-ordinator or another team member to pray with you and ask the Lord to lift off you any burdens that aren’t yours to bear and give the situation back to Jesus.
If someone needs further pastoral care please inform your ministry coordinator.
Important Guidelines and Prayer Ministry Standards:
Please pray with your eyes open (someone may begin crying and need a tissue or become overcome by the Spirit and need your help to sit or lie down).
- FEMALES pray for female – this is the rule for safety and security, both for the minister and the person receiving prayer. Alternatively pray in pairs with another person of the opposite sex joining you.
- MALES pray for male as above.
- If you are unsure of what to pray simply bless what the Holy Spirit is doing.
- Praying in tongues is wonderful, but remember to be sensitive and pray quietly – it can be distracting.
- Gently lay hands on when praying (Matt 10:16, Luke 4:40, Acts 28:8, Mark 16:18), but keep in mind the key rules:
- Always ask permission before you lay hands on a person and tell them where you are going to lay you hand e.g. “Is it ok if I place my hand on your shoulder?”
- Know where it is acceptable to touch and where it is not acceptable to touch i.e. shoulders, arms and head, is OK (not pushing)
- Do not lay hands on a women’s chest or stomach unless they put their hand there first and you have asked permission to place your hand on top of their hand. – e.g they have asked you to pray for healing from stomach cancer.
- Men, it is more acceptable to touch the abdomen but please ask before you do so.
- If you at any time feel uneasy or spiritually not at peace in a ministry situation, please inform your ministry co-ordinator or another team member and they will come and sensitively join you in that situation.
- If someone is very distraught, try not to rush in with answers and solutions; just listen to Father God and pray peace.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to take you to the right people to pray for. It is amazing who He will lead you too!
- Please be aware of your face and body language – if someone confesses something to you, remember they may be looking at your responses! Encourage them they are in a safe place and no one is judging them.
- In ministry time don’t be afraid to ask questions: “Can you tell me how you are feeling?”, “What is happening with you right now?” “What do you want to ask God to do in you?” etc.
- “Ministry mints” are great! Nothing worse than being slain by bad breath rather than the Holy Spirit!
- Tissues are essential – try and always have some in your pockets or at least know where you can locate some.
- Please be alert at all times. There may be occasions when speakers want the ministry team to wander and minister, or come up the front, even when you are not expecting it!
- Remember: This is God’s work and He is the head of the team. We are there as channels to hear and minister the love of God to a hurting people. God is in control.
Key points to remember:
We aim to facilitate a safe and secure place where people can express their prayer requests in confidence and with confidentiality.
- We are here primarily to pray and support, rather than to counsel or advise.
- Our purpose is to faithfully and truly express the Father’s love to those being prayed for.
- We need to be sensitive. That is, sensitive to the feelings of the person being prayed for, and sensitive to the leadings of the Holy Spirit.
- We will seek to express love and concern, without judgment of the person requesting prayer or others mentioned.
- In expressing love and concern, we will avoid undue or unwanted physical contact.
If a person is very loud during the ministry time, and becoming a distraction to others in a negative way, handle it with care without drawing attention to the situation. We suggest you quietly take them out of the main room with another ministry team member and find out what is going on in their hearts. Perhaps further ministry is required, however in this situation even praying with someone can be a distraction when others are receiving in God’s presence! If you need assistance just look to the Ministry Co-ordinators to come and help you out.
If someone does require further ministry outside of the service, we would recommend that this be done in pairs, ensuring that someone of the same sex as the individual you are ministering to is with you for this additional ministry time. We want to create a safe place for everyone who comes to a service so this is vital for accountability, both for Manly Life Church and the individual concerned.
Alternatively, you can direct them to someone on the pastoral team for further ministry.
Remember you have authority over every power and principality as a child of God, in the name of Jesus!
From time to time the issue around human sexuality may arise. We take a conservative position at Manly Life Church believing God’s best for people’s sexual activity is found within male and female covenantal marriage. If you have any concerns about this please come and speak to us, we are happy to answer any questions, listen to you and nut it out together by looking through the scriptures.
Secondly, how to pray when confronted with this issue during Prayer Ministry on a Sunday. As leaders we make a point of sharing our beliefs with those who identify with homosexuality, but we also communicate to them how very loved they are, how valuable they are and welcome to attend Manly Life Church.
People come to us in all different times in their journey and we will always walk with anyone, wherever they are at.
This is a very difficult and complex issue in how to explicitly instruct you to pray because all prayer requests are quite different. Basically, we are to never pray for anyone in a way that contradicts scripture so we:
- Don’t want to affirm the lifestyle truth is important but also just as importantly…
- Don’t want a person to feel unsafe or unloved, grace is needed. As the most important commandments are to love the Lord our God and to love one another all prayer ministry must be grounded in the love of God. This issue highlights the tension we live in pouring out both Grace and Truth as we pray. Simply remember to emphasize how loved each individual is, remember Christ died for you while you were still in your sin and the same applies for the individual in front of you.
- I believe fruitful prayer happens when we pray into people’s lives where they have given us permission and for what their heart is postured to receive.
Listen carefully to what they are asking for and let your prayers honour that. If they have asked for something you cannot pray for because it contradicts scripture then simply share that gently with them and pray they would have an experience of God’s love, that they would come to awareness of themselves as children of God and be filled with the Spirit.
- You could encourage them to meditate on Romans 1 when they get home (let the word of God speak into their lives) also 2 Cor 5:17 & Romans 12:2.
- Also let them know our pastors are happy to meet up with them and care for them, pray with them, answer any questions, pastorally look after them if you feel that is needed.
Once again, it is difficult to script a cookie cutter response because they may simply want prayer for anxiety or something entirely different and once again we meet people where they are at in the hope to walk them further into a relationship with Christ. It is the Spirit that transforms us and the word of God, so pray by the Spirit to their spirit and grounded in the love and truth of God’s word.
Thank you so much for your support of Manly Life Church, we know you will be mightily blessed as you minister and we look forward to seeing freedom and healing as God’s love encounters His people.
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