The New Church Development Advisory Committee is “rolling out a year-long prayer emphasis” according to Jonathan Shively, executive director of Congregational Life Ministries. Over the months leading up to the 2012 church planting conference, the committee aims “to cultivate a dynamic network of prayer that includes sharing prayer needs and telling stories about ways that prayer is being answered,” he announced in a Facebook post.
The new initiative continues to use a theme that has been established in previous years by the Church of the Brethren’s planting effort: “Plant Generously, Reap Bountifully” from a verse in 1 Corinthians 3:6, “I (Paul) planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.”
Online resources for the initiative will be made available both at www.brethren.org/churchplanting and via the Facebook page for the Church of the Brethren Planting Network. Resources will include the prayer card for the year, in both English and Spanish.
“Please pray with us, encourage your congregation, family, friends to pray, and connect through the resources that will become available soon,” Shively noted