Week 1 – Children & Youth Ministries

WEEK ONE’S KEY PASSAGE

Deuteronomy 6:4-8

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Day 1 | MONDAY – FBC FAMILIES

The Bible gives families the primary role in raising children in godliness. Deuteronomy 6 pictures parents using life’s daily routines to model and teach a faithful walk with the Lord.

  • Pray for Wisdom: Pray for wisdom for our FBC parents as they daily model and teach their children a life with God.
  • Pray for Resources: Pray that the Lord supplies the resources FBC needs to equip parents to train their children.
  • Pray for Transformation: Pray that FBC is a church filled with families being transformed into Christlikeness.

Day 2 | TUESDAY – NURSERY
Deuteronomy 6 does not have a start date to it. The process of raising children in godliness begins immediately because it begins in the parents. The parents must themselves love the Lord if they are to pass on to their children a love for the Lord.
Pray for Holiness: Pray for the parents of young children to maintain a growing walk with the Lord during this season of busyness and, often, little sleep.
• Pray for Resources: Pray for the Lord to supply a team of people at FBC who will nurture the youngest in our church in a Christ-honoring way. Our staff leaders are Jean Ames and Katie Livingston. They are very part-time and must accomplish a great deal on only a few hours per week.
• Pray for Transformation: Pray that even very small children will begin to understand the character of God.

Day 3 | WEDNESDAY – KIDS’ MINISTRY

FBC’s ministry to our elementary-aged children aims to support the family’s responsibility by providing biblical, well-thought-out and well-presented lessons and activities.
• Pray for Wisdom: Pray for the Children’s Ministry leaders to wisely build classes, lessons, and activities that reinforce the teaching the children receive at home.
• Pray for Resources: The Children’s Ministry is the most financially and volunteer intensive program at the church. Our Children’s Ministry leaders need volunteers, lesson plans, finances for curriculum and activities, etc. Our staff leaders are Rebecca Simcox, Kim Auran, and Jean Fletcher (part-time).
• Pray for Transformation: Pray that we see the children at FBC come to know Jesus and walk with Him.

Day 4 | THURSDAY – JUNIOR HIGH MINISTRY

Our children take some of their first steps in making their faith their own during the Junior High years. The men and women working with the Junior High must support the parents’ guidance by providing a safe place to begin wrestling with hard questions of the faith, to start developing the practices that will shape their walk with the Lord for a lifetime, and to be silly.

  • Pray for Wisdom:  Pray for our Junior High team to know how to love the students well. Pray for their ability to connect well enough with the students to be an example.
  • Pray for Resources:  The Junior High ministry requires a team of volunteers and a staff person (Jordan Johnson, who also supports the Senior High ministry). Pray for God to provide the right volunteers.
  • Pray for Transformation:  Pray that by the time our students leave Junior High, they are well-grounded in the basics of the faith and the Christian life.

Day 5 | FRIDAY – SENIOR HIGH MINISTRY

Students in the Senior High ministry start making greater strides in making their faith their own. This often involves significant spiritual battles as Satan tries to steer them in a different direction. This is also a time when they face some major life decisions. Slade Rinehart leads this ministry along with Jordan Johnson.

  • Pray for Wisdom: Pray for our Senior High team to show the students how to make Christ the center of their lives.
  • Pray for Resources: As with the Junior High ministry, pray for the Lord to provide the right volunteers to disciple the students.
  • Pray for Transformation: Pray that by the time our students leave high school, they have a heart for God and know how to walk with Him.

Day 6 | SATURDAY – AWANA & MOPS

Awana and MOPS are more than ministries with lots of letters. These are exciting ministries that nurture the spiritual growth of children and support parents.

Awana has been a mainstay at FBC for decades. It nurtures our children in God’s Word and teaches them to serve and celebrate God’s goodness.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) provides a Christ-centered way for mothers to get together and support one another. It is one of FBC’s most effective programs for connecting non-Christians to the church.

  • Pray for Wisdom: Both ministries require extensive planning and execution and are run completely by volunteers. Pray for the leadership to wisely recruit and plan for the coming year.
  • Pray for Resources: Both programs require volunteer and financial support. AWANA needs more help every year. MOPS could dramatically increase in size (with many non-Christians) if we had more financial resources to pay babysitters.
  • Pray for Transformation: Pray that the children in AWANA would come to know God’s Word more completely. Pray that the moms in MOPS would be encouraged and come to know the Lord for the first time.

Day 7 | SUNDAY – SUNDAY’S SERVICE

Acts 20:28-32

28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. 32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

The passage for today is Acts 20:28-32, which uses the image of the church as a flock. In the passage, you will notice that he speaks of the importance of leadership in the church as they deal with those who seek to harm the church. Pray for the church to be protected from the ungodly and divisive influences from outside and inside the church.

Week 2 – Church Leadership

Week Two’s Key Passage

Now in those days, when the disciples were growing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Greek-speaking Jews against the native Hebraic Jews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the twelve called the whole group of the disciples together and said, “It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to wait on tables. But carefully select from among you, brothers, seven men who are well-attested, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this necessary task. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” [Acts 6:1-4]

 

Monday – Elders

Acts 6 describes the earliest forms of Elders and Deacons. The Apostles were the original blueprint for the Elders. They focused on prayer and teaching God’s word. In Titus and Timothy, Elders are called “overseers” because they were to lead their churches. They are the highest authority in the church apart from Jesus and Scripture. FBC’s Elders oversee the spiritual direction and well-being of our church.

Elders: Todd Malone, Rich McCracken, Ken Moore, Dave Ramaly, Alex Stanton, Don Westbrook

  • Pray for Wisdom: Pray for the Elders to oversee the church in a way that glorifies God. How this happens at FBC will change over time (it always has). Pray for the wisdom to know how FBC should be glorifying God during this season.
  • Pray for Resources: Pray for the Elders to guide our church’s use of its resources wisely.
  • Pray for Transformation: Pray that FBC is a church in which the Word of God is never neglected.

 

Tuesday – Deacons

The earliest version of Deacons served the physical needs of the people within the church. In Titus and Timothy, the qualifications for a Deacon match the qualifications for an Elder, with the exception that Deacons are not required to be able to teach. FBC’s Deacons serve the church by caring for important facility and administrative concerns that allow others to concentrate on the ministry of the Word, as described in Acts 6.

Deacons: Eric Akin, Darrell Ash, Jeff Coombs, Dave DeBoer, Sean Fortier, David Harrison, Leigh Hunt, Eric Livingston, John Livingston, Dan Roessner, Matthew Simcox

  • Pray for Wisdom: Acts 6 called for the earliest Deacons to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. Pray that this will be the case with our Deacons.
  • Pray for Resources: Pray for the finances and volunteers necessary to help the Deacons care for the needs in the church.
  • Pray for Transformation: Pray that as people’s needs are met, God is glorified, and those people draw closer to the Lord.

 

Wednesday – Staff

You can almost think of FBC’s staff as having a similar division as Elders and Deacons. Some staff members focus more on the ministry of the Word, others focus on caring for the practical needs around them. Of course, it doesn’t divide perfectly (all staff does some of both). But it is a helpful way to pray for the staff. The staff you see ministering on Sundays and Wednesdays tend to be the staff that “ministers the Word.”

  • Pray for Holiness: Pray for the spiritual protection of our staff, especially those ministering the Word.
  • Pray for Resources: Pray for the ability to teach God’s Word effectively, regardless of the resources we have.
  • Pray for Transformation: Pray that the people of FBC are transformed to be more like Jesus because of the teaching of God’s Word.

 

Thursday – Staff, Part 2

The day-to-day ministry at FBC requires a great deal of work behind the scenes. FBC has all of the administrative needs of any organization our size: keeping our technology (computers, website, etc.) and facilities in good shape, handling accounting and human resources, and generating communication to the church across multiple channels. It is time and resource intensive, requiring the diligence of multiple full- and part-time staff who work behind the scenes.

  • Pray for Wisdom: Each member of the administrative and facility teams continually seeks more effective ways to keep FBC functioning day in and day out. Pray for their efforts to be fruitful.
  • Pray for Resources: These staff members also try to accomplish everything necessary to run the church with fewer and fewer resources. Pray for greater fruitfulness with fewer resources.
  • Pray for Transformation: The behind-the-scenes staff usually have their work taken for granted (until the wifi goes out, bulletins aren’t printed, the website isn’t updated, etc.). Yet their work is vital to the church’s ability to minister. Pray that the Lord blesses these staff members with a glimpse of the life-transforming impact of their ministry.

 

Friday – Leadership Families

People in church leadership are under spiritual attack. It is one of the realities you sign on for when you enter leadership. One of the greatest points of attack is the family. The pressure and persistence of spiritual attack on church leaders often results in families falling apart.

  • Pray for Protection: Pray for the families of each group we prayed for this week.
  • Pray for Resources: Pray that the church leadership will use their time wisely, not neglecting their families as they lead.
  • Pray for Transformation: The top priority for church leaders is to disciple their families. Pray for them to see their families transformed to be more like Jesus.

 

Saturday – FBC Giving

It is no secret that giving is down at FBC (and many other churches and non-profits). It’s important not to put the emphasis in the wrong place. We are not simply trying to raise money so the church can run, although there’s truth to that. We are examining what God is doing at FBC. But we also must remember what God does in the life of the giver. Giving is a declaration that we trust God for our well-being, not our finances. The Holy Spirit uses that to transform us to love and trust the Lord more than the things of this world.

  • Pray for Wisdom: Pray for the wisdom to know who God wants us to minister to in light of the resources we have.
  • Pray for Resources: Pray for the finances we need to run the church well.
  • Pray for Transformation: Pray for the transformation of those who give. Giving an offering is a powerful act of worship and trust.

 

Sunday – Sunday’s Service

This week’s passage from Acts 6 ends with the importance of the ministry of the Word. That is the subject of this Sunday’s sermon. Today’s passage is 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. It is about the message of the cross, which is the focus of Paul’s preaching. How that message is received depends on what is happening in the spiritual lives of the audience. Pray for FBC that our message never strays from the truth of the cross. Pray that it will be received as the Holy Spirit works in the hearts of the listeners.

18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.