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Prayer Chain

Ministry Description

Position Risk Assessment: Low
Term of Office: 1 year, renewable
Supervision and Support: Reports to: Prayer Chain Co-ordinator
Co-ordinator reports to Prayer Ministry Team Leaders
Staff Liaison (if different from above):
Committee/Board responsible for this ministry: Pastoral Care Committee
Purpose: To pray with others in the Body of Christ for specific concerns & needs of people known to us, or people unknown to us. The Co-ordinator helps to make sure there is an organized system for passing prayer concerns down the prayer chains.
Population(s) served: The congregation
Skills & Qualifications:
  • must have a desire to pray for the concerns of others and to support the Body and others in this way
Spiritual Gifts Recommended:
  • prayer
  • wisdom
  • mercy
  • suffering
  • prophesy
Training Provided:
  • on-the-job training
  • mentor training if necessary
Meeting Date & Time:
  • Co-ordinator may have the occasional meeting with the Prayer Ministry Team Leader
  • no meetings for members. If any concerns, questions or clarifications needed, it can usually be done by phone
Time Commitment Involved:
  • it varies greatly depending on the number of prayer requests, and whether people on the chain are at home and able to pass on the prayer request
Description of Duties / Responsibilities:
  • writes up a report for the Vestry book
  • updates the lists at least annually
  • passes on the prayer requests to each of the prayer chains for members to pray for the requests
  • if major prayer concerns, she may call others not on the prayer chains for more prayer
  • follow up regarding prayer requests
  • encourage person to speak with the Incumbent re: giving a testimony in church of the answer to prayer
  • responsible for calling the next person in their chain so more people are praying
  • prays as soon as they receive the request
Limits of the Position:
  • comply with all policies governing confidentiality
Benefits & Opportunities:
  • be a vital part of the prayer ministry even if you have limited time
  • prayer can take place anywhere

Office Instructions: Provide a copy of this description to the applicant. Place a copy in the applicant’s file in a locked filing cabinet. Record the completion of this step on the applicant’s Screening Checklist.

Rev. October 26, 2003