Vitality: April 2019 Prayer Point

Our prayer this month focuses on one of the ten Healthy Missional Markers in the Vitality Pathway Process. By “healthy” we mean pursuing Christ. By “missional” we mean pursuing Christ’s priorities in the world. It is our fervent prayer that FirstCov becomes a healthy missional church.

Not only do these markers help us to listen to the Holy Spirit, they are also expressions of the Holy Spirit working through us. Click here to learn more about all ten of the healthy missional markers, along with their prayer points.

Learn more below about this month’s marker, “Fruitful Organizational Structures”.

“Fruitful Organizational Structures” as a Missional Marker means:

  • We can articulate a compelling, Christ-honoring vision for our church.
  • We embrace evaluation as normal and natural and work through conflict constructively.
  • Our organizational structures are designed to support efficient decision-making while at the same time building congregational ownership for those decisions.

The Choosing of the Seven

“In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.” Acts 6:1-7

Did You Know?

Moses tended to be a micromanager, meaning, he did all of the heavy lifting of handling disputes from morning until evening. Dig into Exodus 18:13-26 to see how, with help, he overcame the burden of heavy responsibility and divided up work through carefully selecting capable helpers, then not only teaching them God’s desires for living, but also living his life as an example for others to follow.

In the long-term of this, Moses was guaranteed two benefits: Moses will endure (this strategy is sustainable), and the people will be at peace (there will be fewer conflicts).

Will you Pray?

Heavenly Father, You are our wonderful, merciful God. In an ever-changing world, we cling to Your steadfast truth. We don’t want to be shifted by the sinking sands of this fallen earth, rather, we desire to firmly place our feet on the solid foundation that You have made available to us. You see us stumble, and yet You continue to pick us up and dust us off each time. Transform and renew our hearts and minds, so that we are vessels of your light and love, ready to spread the message of Your Son, Christ Jesus and what He did for us on the cross. Father God, we want FirstCov to be a place where Christ-honoring decisions are made, a place that accepts that conflict will arise, so we ask that You will equip us to walk alongside our brothers and sisters in the midst of trials, to refine us in the process, so that we can build up Your church and Your name in this divisive world. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

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