Prayer Ministry Training
When it comes to praying for other people there is no substitute for experience. This teaching is meant to offer sound methods to help you get started on a solid foundation. We understand there are many ways of praying and ministering to people but if you follow these methods your experience will be positive and beneficial to all.
Ministry Team Objective
There are two main objectives.
Love those you minister to!
1 Cor 13:1-2 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
Become a channel for the Holy Spirit to minister to the person!
John 7:38-39 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Being a Ministry Team Member
In accordance with the objectives, a team member will try to accomplish the following.
- Facilitate the moving of the Holy Spirit under the direction of the Pastor or other appointed leadership.
- Help to avoid confusion, offense or harm.
- Release God’s love, healing, encouragement and deliverance to those who indicate a desire for prayer.
- Edify, exhort and comfort.
Ministry Team Purpose
It is not the purpose of the ministry team to rebuke, correct or give direction to those you are praying for!
It is not the purpose of the ministry team to provide counseling or any other in-depth ministry!
Ministry Team Qualifications
There are some things we will later discuss but the preliminary qualifications are as follows.
- A ministry team member must be born again! ( John 3:3 Rom 6:23 )
- A ministry Team member must regularly attend and support a local congregation!
Heb 10:24-25 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Desirable Qualities of a Ministry Team Member
We all know that none of us are perfect but with the help of the Lord we should all endeavor to grow in qualities that demonstrate the character of Jesus.
Matt 5:48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Some of the qualities we are referring to are:
Humility.(Proverbs 3:34,James 4:6,1Peter 5:5
Obedience. ( John 14:23, 15:10 )
Freedom from desire of recognition.
Faithfulness. ( 1 Timothy 1:12-14 )
Endurance. ( willingness to stay until all ministry is complete )
Willingness to receive correction from leadership.
Willingness to receive ministry from others yourself.
Lifestyle Characteristics that help improve Ministry
Spend time daily with the Lord in praise and worship.
Spend time reading and studying the scriptures.
Walking in forgiveness as a lifestyle.
( Matt. 6:14,18:2122,2Cor2:10)
Walking in repentance as a lifestyle.
( Matt. 3:3, Luke13:3, Rev. 3:19)
More Characteristics that help you minister
Be re-filled with the Holy Spirit continually. ( Acts.4:31, Eph5:18)
Growing in the fruit of the Spirit. (Gal.5:22)
Be free from panic, fear and worry.
( 2Tim 1:7, Phil 4:6-7 )
Be a person of prayer. ( Eph. 6:18)
Your daily walk and character as an individual is more important tha what you do in ministry!
Ministry Team Protocol
Catching is an important part of prayer ministry at the altar. It allows people to freely receive and rest in the anointing without the fear of getting hurt.
It also helps to keep the ministry time “decent and in order”. ( 1Cor. 14:40)
Keep your elbows close to your sides and place your hands near the small of the person’s back, gently touch the person’s back or shoulder. Have one foot slightly ahead of the other so you are balanced. As the person falls back move back with them allowing your hands to slide up their back. This allows you to cushion their fall without taking all the weight on you
Keep alert and be careful, be sure there is ample space on the floor for the person! Be aware of what is happening around you!
Request assistance if the person’s size or weight is more than you can handle!
Watch and be aware as people begin to sway under the anointing, even those who may not yet been prayed for.
Periodically gently touch the person you are catching in the middle of the back so they know you are still there to help them.
Pay attention so you are right there when you are needed to assist in ministry.
When available, try to keep the person’s exposed areas covered such as legs above the knees and midriffs
Things to Avoid While Catching
Pushing or pulling anyone over.
Holding anyone up by grabbing the shoulders or upper back.
Rubbing or touching in ways that might be annoying or misconstrued.
Same Gender Prayer
When it possible Women will minister to Women and Men to Men. In any event, do not minister alone to someone of the opposite sex.
It is best to have at least one person of the same sex as the one you are ministering to praying with you as a team!
Laying-on of hands
The appropriate places to lay hands on someone for general prayer are the forehead and hands. Apply as a soft touch and be careful not to offend anyone.
When praying for healing you may lay your hand on the affected area if it is not a sensitive one.
Always be respectful of the people you are ministering to and careful not to accidently or otherwise touch them in an inappropriate place.
Ministry at the altar requires people to be willing to come closer and be touched more than in than usual. The proper hygiene of the ministry team helps make their experience a little more inviting!
Be clean and neat
Have plenty of breath mints available
Always talk quietly in the ministry area. When you are done praying, be aware that non-prayer fellowship and conversation may distract those who may still be receiving ministry.
Music being played during ministry time should be quiet and worshipful.
When you are not personally engaged in ministering you can stand back and pray for those in the team who are ministering.
Ministry Team Prayer Needs
Pray daily for yourself and the prayer team as the Holy Spirit prompts you. Some things you can pray for include those on the list provided to you!
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.