Our Prayer Goals for 2021
Every March we lay out our Prayer Goals for the following 12 months. Below is what we feel God is leading us to focus on and put lots of prayer into for 2021!
PRAYER GOAL #1: Multiply Our Two Prayer Gatherings to 10 Gatherings by March 2022
There is so much we want to see happen in our church, all of which could be goals in and of themselves. We want to see more healing miracles, more marriages restored, more strongholds of addiction broken, more loved ones coming to Jesus, and more of our people fighting for justice in our local communities.
But the first step to accomplish any of this is prayer. We want to make sure we are leading with prayer, making decisions through prayer, and truly embracing the belief that "God, in his sovereignty, has ordained that the prayers of his people actually changes things."
And one way to really make sure we are embracing this belief -- in addition to church-wide fasts and individual prayer rhythms -- is to have more and more regular weekly prayer gatherings.
So our goal is 8 more gatherings by March of 2022 happening on different days and different times throughout the week.
PRAYER GOAL # 2: Raise 2 million in cash for a building by April 30th (1.5 million to go)
Our vision is to have a home space to not only have our Sunday gatherings and mid-week small groups, but also to serve the surrounding community as a missional outpost of sorts. We believe that followers of Jesus should be determined to not only talk about Jesus, but to represent Him by serving our neighborhoods and townships. We hope to fight for justice where there is injustice, and to bring provision where there is lack.
A few possible ways we hope to use a building to do this:
- Teach English as a Second Language Classes
- Tutor teenagers from high-risk neighborhoods
- Hold support groups for women and couples in crisis pregnancies
- Allow AA and NA groups to meet
- Provide marriage restoration coaching
- Start a food pantry
- And more!
In order to make sure we are not over-extended on a mortgage and in order to make sure we can continue to give 25% of our income to missions (and increase that percentage every year), we need to be in a position to make a cash offer of up to 2 million, and then we can mortgage up to one million for renovations without it affecting our missions giving.
PRAYER GOAL #3: Baptize 25 People by March, 2022
We want to always be reaching more and more people with the good news of Jesus. We believe if we are being faithful to pray for more workers in the field (Matthew 9:38), to pray for blind eyes to be opened by God's light (2 Cor. 4:4-6), and letting down our nets according to the Spirit's leading (Luke 5:1-10), then we believe we will see more and more people placing their faith in Jesus and professing him as Lord and Savior.
We also believe some of those people are already in our church, seeds have been sown, and this year is the time when those seeds will bear the fruit of trusting in Jesus.
We also believe there are people among us - adults, teens, and kids - who know about Jesus, may even have been calling themselves Christians, but don't truly know Him as Lord and have not fully surrendered their lives to Him. If God is drawing these folks to their knees to give him more than lip service, then baptism is the primary way to draw that line in the sand and declare: "Jesus paid for me, and I"m going to live my life for Him by the power of His Spirit."
We have averaged 10-12 baptisms per year since we started as a church, which we praise God for.
But this year, we feel God leading us to pray boldly for 25 by this time next year.
PRAYER GOAL #4: Identify by this time next year FOUR People to be SENT out on Mission as International workers or to support Church Plants & Campuses
Like we sent our April & Joe Walters last year to help plant a church in Long Branch with Remnant Church, we are praying for God to call 4 of our people who are willing to GO -- to leave True Life -- to be international missionaries in unreached parts of the world, to plant new local churches or campuses, or to help plant a church that another church is planting.
This is not the only way we believe we are called to be a Sending Church. We believe that when we go to work, school, or to the gym, we are sent there by the Holy Spirit to be on mission for Jesus. When we engage in justice and mercy ministries like the home work club or soup kitchen, we are sent there by the Holy Spirit. When we go on short-term mission trips and even give money to missions, we are being a Sending Church.
But we also have a vision to send out 70 people by 2027 who are called to uproot their lives and Maybe “replant them” instead of “plant new roots”? plant new roots in new communities so that new people have access to the good news of Jesus. And the next step in that vision, we believe, is FOUR people to be called by March, 2022.