Anybody running a healing prayer ministry? What does it look like? How do you operate?
At New Life CRC in Guelph, Ontario we've had a Healing Prayer Ministry since about 2005. We've slowly evolved our focus. Today the ministry has two primary focus:
1. Intercessory prayer for the church
2. In-depth prayer for individuals who come from prayer
Our intercessory sessions typically flow as one-third worship, one-third prayer for a specific ministry of the church (we rotate through a list) and one-third prayer for individual needs and requests.
Our in-depth sessions usually start with half an hour of worship, and then an hour of prayer for the individual who has come. We use a lot of listening prayer, and incorporate worship throughout our prayer times (for instance, using a song, but incorporating the name of the person we’re praying for into the lyrics, and perhaps selecting only a verse or two that are relevant to the focus of prayer). Sometimes we have a separate group providing intercessory prayer in another room while a few team members pray directly with the individual who has come.
In general we have a team of 4-6 people participating depending on schedules and availability. We meet once per week. We’ve found that it is important to maintain good health and dynamics with team members, and support each other in prayer. We always have a prayer partner from within the team, and the partners change from time to time. Every year we have start and end of year retreats, and do family BBQ events together.
Our team is made up of youngish to middle-aged members (30-50ish), with our oldest member being one of our new ministers. We'd love to see a culture of prayer develop in the kids of our church, and we have had members' kids participate in meetings from time to time. We report back into the church structure through our Pastoral Elders. We have a team member who sits on the Pastoral Elders, and are available as a resource for the PEs as needs arise.
I would say that we’ve seen some really exciting stuff in terms of people’s lives being changed. It’s really a joy to pray for the church and the ministries and needs. And the in-depth times are pretty cool, with a primary outcome being that people come away having a greater sense of God’s love for them. From that place a lot of other stuff gets resolved, or the process gets rolling with hopefulness and joy.
There’s a quick snapshot of what we’re up to. Not sure how this network will work in terms of connecting and providing candid comments, but I think it’s a great opportunity to share what’s going on and find common linkages and encouragement.