Faith Communities Today
New Fact Information
Nearly two-thirds of Adventist churches have a prayer meeting or a small group devoted to prayer ministry that meets each week throughout the entire year. This is significantly different than the norm in America where a majority of local religious groups either have no regular group devoted to prayer or meditation, or have it only occasionally or during a season of the year.
This is one of the strengths of the Adventist Church in North America. Prayer meeting is still a strong tradition for most congregations, although, according to other surveys, the majority of the members never attend. And in the last decade a variety of prayer ministries have blossomed in the North American Division, including prayer walking, prayer networking, "concerts of prayer," all-night prayer meetings, and prayer groups that meet during the noon hour and other, non-traditional times and locations. (See Trends, Attitudes & Opinions book at our online store).
1. Does our congregation have prayer meeting or some kind of prayer ministry, on-going throughout the year, during a season of the year, only occasionally, or not at all?
2. What percentage of our active, adult members attends prayer meeting or a prayer group or some kind of prayer ministry?
3. What role does prayer play in our church life?
4. How might we strengthen our prayer ministries and involved more members?
Center for Creative Ministry
Creative Pastor e-Newsletter, January 10, 2008, Center for Creative Ministry