FAQs:

 

1.        What Are The Mission And Vision Statements Of The Strategic Prayer Initiative?

 

2.        Can You Give Me An Executive Summary Of The Strategic Prayer Initiative? 

 

3.        What Is The Origin Of The Strategic Prayer Initiative?

 

4.        What Can Harvest Prayer Ministries’ Strategic Prayer Initiative Do For My Church?

 

5.        What Types Of Churches Should Take Part In The Strategic Prayer Initiative?

 

6.        Can We Do A Strategic Prayer Initiative Launch From My Home, Youth Group, University, Para-Church Ministry, Etc.?

 

7.        What Will Be Asked Of My Congregation If We Choose To Launch SPI At Our Church?

 

8.        How Do We Get Started?

 

9.        Contact Information

 

 

What Are The Mission and Vision Statements Of The Strategic Prayer Initiative?

 

Mission Statement

 

To help the average American Christian to have a strategic and good prayer life,

and to see the world changed through their prayers.

 

Vision Statement

 

To see millions of members of Christ’s body (the Church) mobilized

by making long-term changes to their prayer practices and spiritual foundations,

enabling them to be more effectively engaged in the spiritual battle for the country and the world.

 

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Can You Give Me An Executive Summary Of The Strategic Prayer Initiative?

 

Although the prayer movement has made great strides in the past 20 years, it has still been ineffective in reaching and motivating the average American believer.  The Strategic Prayer Initiative, in partnership with Harvest Prayer Ministries, is committed to using all (appropriate) means possible to help the average American believer become more effectively engaged in the spiritual battle.  The Initiative is working to create a basic model that can duplicate easily in many churches.  Our methodology for building models is based on a blend of four key components: Scripture, divine guidance, many counselors, and experimentation.  We believe the prayer life of the average Christian is a sleeping giant in the American church.  The spiritual battle ramifications of releasing this latent potential are enormous.

 

The current prototype work has the following five foundation stones:

 

       Broad biblically-strategic subject matter

(consolidated from a number of major sources)

       Easy access to the above information

       Reasonable expectations of the participants

       Caring accountability via relationship

       Prayer for prayer

 

Our research indicates that the average American Christian feels their prayer life is lacking.  In other words, a large amount would like to rate their prayer life as “mature or good” however the reality for most is that it can only be rated “fair or poor.”  The Initiative exists to help these sincere brothers and sisters in Christ to be able to effectively rise above their circumstances, to become a man or women whose prayers shape the country and the world without neglecting their other obligations.

 

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What Is The Origin Of The Strategic Prayer Initiative?

 

                The foundations of The Initiative can be traced back to the underground war rooms, in London where Winston Churchill (England’s Prime Minister at that time) and his staff, tracked the strategy and logistics of the British elements of the Second World War.  In 1984, a few weeks after these rooms were made available for public viewing for the first time, the young founder of The Initiative was sovereignly led to these underground rooms.  While the tour guide explained how pin pricks on the great world map came from tracking supply convoys and escort ships across the Atlantic, an intense thought came into this young man’s head…”We (the Christian church) believe that we are in a spiritual war, yet we don’t fight it this way!” 

 

                During World War II, a war in which 40 million to 50 million people lost their lives, Churchill’s cabinet addressed their circumstances with the utmost seriousness and focus.  They planned extensively concerning their offensive as well as their defensive positions.  As little as possible was left to chance.  They spent thousands of untold hours systematically and strategically laying out their courses of action.  Contrary to this approach, the average American Christian spends more time filling their automobiles with gas than they spend strategically shouldering some of the responsibility for the battle that is currently raging in the spiritual world.  Independent research of over 1,200 individuals strongly suggests that the preponderance of American Christians are unsatisfied with their present prayer lives.  They want to improve, but cannot handle a burdensome commitment or another guilt trip.

 

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What can Harvest Prayer Ministries’ Strategic Prayer Initiative Do For My Church?

 

1.        Greatly increase the church’s influence in the nation and the world

 

2.        Take a large portion of your congregation to a much higher satisfaction level concerning their prayer lives

 

3.        Strongly increase the personal prayer shield of the Senior Pastor

 

4.        Raise prayer levels on behalf of other key personnel at your church

 

5.        Allow your people to pray more strategically without having to collect or manage the strategic information

 

6.        Add an additional accountability element to the participants' lives, yet without a heavy burden

 

7.        Lay a foundation of spiritual disciplines that will facilitate growth in your church body

 

 

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What Types of Churches Should Take Part In The Strategic Prayer Initiative?

 

Any church that feels it would like to be doing more to prayerfully fight the unseen battle (“against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” New International Version Bible)

 

Any church that feels its members are already stretched too thin with all of the time demands that are on their lives, but would truly welcome a time efficient way to help them be more effective for the Lord’s work, in the nation and in the world.

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Can We Do A Strategic Prayer Initiative Launch From My Home, Youth Group, University, Para-Church Ministry, Etc.?

 

Yes, the Strategic Prayer Initiative has been designed for use at a grass roots level as well as for a full institution. 

Consequently, you can implement SPI in any setting that is honoring to Jesus Christ.  The main Grass Roots Strategy is known as a “Transformation Party” and is usually launched from a home.  There is significant freedom in the various ways and places that you can do a SPI launch.  The main thing that you need to be aware of in a smaller launch is that one person is needed to be the “Location Administrator” and another to be the “Back-Up Administrator.”  If you feel the Lord may be leading you to champion one of these smaller launches please contact us for more information.

 

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What Will Be Asked Of My Congregation If We Choose To Launch SPI At Our Church?

 

                Depending on your circumstances, a few weeks before the initial presentation your congregation will need to be given an anonymous written survey, which must be filled out during the Sunday morning service.  The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.  The contents of the survey are then integrated into the main presentation.  The use of The Diagnostic Survey is vitally important for two key reasons: 1) answers from the survey greatly enhance the persuasiveness of the main presentation (if you are a typical church, you should expect between 30% and 60% of your people signing on to The Initiative after the main presentation) 2) The survey gives a comprehensive knowledge and baseline of how your church is doing in fighting the spiritual battle. 

 

After the survey has been tabulated and integrated into the visual aid materials, either a 25 or a 40 minute presentation (depending on your needs) will be made during a future Sunday morning service.  This presentation can be done with or without visual aids, but it is strongly advised that it be done using either transparencies and an overhead projector, or PowerPoint© and a video projector.

 

At the close of the presentation the congregation will be asked if they would like to sign on to The Initiative.  Those who sign on to The Strategic Prayer Initiative will be committing to:

 

·         two minutes per day of additional prayer

·         one extra minute a day of Scripture reading (depending on their circumstances)

·         prayerfully forming an accountability Cord with two other people of their gender, &

·         on a monthly basis, meeting with the other two members of their Cord concerning three fundamental questions of accountability and a time of mutual encouragement

 

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How Do We Get Started?

 

After an initial meeting or conference call with one of Harvest Prayer Ministries’ consultants, you and a few motivated believers will prayerfully make a go / no go decision.  If you and your team decide to make the SPI process a part of your church’s culture, the Senior Pastor will be expected to put very little time into the implementation and maintenance.  However, without the Senior Pastor’s full backing and participation we will not be able to initiate the Strategic Prayer Initiative process at your church.  Additionally, a very brief questionnaire will need to be filled out by key leaders, pastors, and staff from your church as part of the decision-making process for a SPI launch at your church.

 

Call us today and learn how Harvest Prayer Ministries can help you implement the Strategic Prayer Initiative at your church, school, or ministry.  If you prefer, we can train your people to be implementers, or assist you personally (in partnership with the Holy Spirit) to be a catalyst for a Grass Roots Launch from your home, or a friend’s home.  We deeply believe the prayer life of the average Christian is a sleeping giant in the American church.  Please prayerfully consider being part of awakening this giant.  812.238.5504 / www.harvestprayer.com

© 2006 Harvest Prayer Ministries.  All Rights Reserved.           

 

 

Contact Information

 

Call us today and learn how Harvest Prayer Ministries can help you implement the Strategic Prayer Initiative at your church, school, or ministry.  Another option that is available is for us to assist you personally (in partnership with the Holy Spirit) to be a catalyst for a Grass Roots Launch from your home, or a friend’s home. 

 

We deeply believe the prayer life of “the average Christian” is a sleeping giant in the American church.  Please prayerfully consider being part of awakening this giant.  812.238.5504 / www.harvestprayer.com

 

© 2006 Harvest Prayer Ministries.  All Rights Reserved.