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How to Lead a Church to Prayerfulness

"How can I lead my church to be more prayerful?"

It’s a simple question. It’s one that an Acts 29 pastor asked Terry Virgo at our Northwest Regional meeting in March.

It’s a simple question. It’s also a great question.

Terry gave a simple but great answer:

The pastor has to model what it means to be a man of prayer.

Not to impress people, but simply to show them what it means to be prayerful.

Earlier that day, Terry taught a group of pastors what it means to be men of prayer. I went to the regional meeting out of obligation—it’s my job to be there. I drove home thanking God for my job and that it allowed me to be there. Virgo’s talk on prayer was helpful and convicting. It’s the best stuff I’ve heard on prayer in a long time. God has used Terry’s talk to help deepen my understanding of prayer and encourage me in my personal prayer life. I hope he’ll do the same for you.

Listen & Read.



Elliot Grudem is the network coordinator for the Acts 29 Network and a pastor at Mars Hill Church. Prior to his work with Acts 29, Elliot served as the senior minister at Christ the King Presbyterian Church, a church he replanted in Raleigh, NC. He has worked for an urban ministry in New Orleans. He worked for a Fortune 100 company prior to seminary. He is the editor of Christian Beliefs, a book he completed with his father Wayne. Elliot holds degrees from Miami Univeristy (BA, History and English) and Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div.).