On this episode of Group Answers, Brian and Chris talk to Ken Braddy about best practices for implementing prayer in your group time. Ken serves as the Manager of Adult Ongoing Bible Studies at Lifeway Christian Resources. He manages the work of the editorial teams that create all of the ongoing Bible studies that Lifeway produces for adults: Bible Studies For Life, Explore The Bible, MasterWork, The Gospel Project, YOU, and other curriculum.Ken is also the new Director of Sunday School for Lifeway, and the author of Breathing Life Into Sunday School, released on April 15, 2019.
- What would you hope to see and hear in a group’s prayer time?
- You lead a Bible study group yourself…what have you discovered about ways to help the group pray, and still allow time for Bible study?
- What other things have you learned about leading a group to pray?
From David Francis’ book, Connect 3, the evolution of prayer in a group: Class, Community, Commission.
Where you would like to see groups go in prayer is to the commission level. They realize they have the ability to impact people’s lives through sharing the Gospel with others.
Leaders can influence the group by asking for prayer for their gospel conversations with others.
An idea for managing the prayer request time: write requests as they come in on a whiteboard.
Make sure that requests are assigned to group members, or they may not get prayed for.
We will occasionally email out the list on the board and ask members to pray over them this week.
Folks will pray in smaller groups of three and four who would never pray in the bigger group of sixteen.
The Group Answers Podcast is a weekly show designed to resource, train, and encourage small group leaders. Each episode considers current trends and resources as well as timeless truths and methods of discipleship. It is hosted by Brian Daniel, a Bible study and discipleship expert in Lifeway’s Groups Ministry, and Chris Surratt, the small group and discipleship specialist at Lifeway and author of Leading Small Groups.