Example #1: BE A “V” –

These examples prepare folks to use “the prayer tool” which is a basic tool to build spiritual networks for mentoring.

People who use the prayer tool do four things for up to 12 people:
1. Pray daily
2. See weekly (or in some versions: “Chat weekly”)
3. Gather monthly – do something socially interactive that will strengthen the relationship.
4. Evaluate annually – should I minister to this same person in this way for another 12 months?
From the files …


Example #1: BE A “V” –
Here is a way to introduce the Prayer Tool to an entire church at once.  Normally, it’s better to introduce it like leaven and let it naturally spread, but you might like to try this. I first used it in 1991.
One nice use of the Prayer Tool is to introduce the concept at Lent and with church members. This utilizes the “50/50 option” identified at the bottom of the brochure page. The idea is to eventually have your list be half those inside the church and half from outside – so in introducing the concept, you begin with people inside the church.
I called this approach “Be a V” using the old Carl George metachurch terminology.  A full prayer tool list in that terminology would be 10 names or “Be an X” using roman numerals. Now the Prayer Tool uses twelve names which allows choosing one person per month.
An insert was put in the bulletin with spaces for your name, five additional names and a box to check which said: “Pick my five people for me, including people new to our church, so that every line is full.” By filling it out and turning it in, people were agreeing to pray for “their five” every day in Lent and talk with them each week to see what their needs were, preferably before or after worship. People were invited to look over the sanctuary and choose “their five” as they felt led, but encouraged to check the box for the pastor to choose their “five” if they felt adventurous. 
After some diligent work with the computer, a list was generated and displayed in the Narthex from Ash Wednesday through Easter. Each line had someone’s name followed by the names of the people praying for them. A headline across the top said “WHO’S PRAYING FOR ME?” People picked up their original slips of paper and used them for prayer till Easter.
And, of course, using those who checked the box at the bottom, every attender and especially newcomers had at least one person praying for them. You’ll notice also that anyone who missed church got a phone call later that week from each of their prayer partners.  Intentionally using the Prayer Tool with newcomers provides automatic follow up for a full year.
The churches where this was tried liked it, and once people knew others were praying for them, some also signed up and chose their five. While people did not automatically move on to praying systematically for the lost after this, it did generate a feeling of interconnected community (oikodomeo) and it was helpful to me as a pastor to see who was linked to whom as the network of relationships became visible.
*Reflection Question 5.54: Would this work in your church? Why or why not?*Reflection Question 5.55: Who would be your five?

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