Barnabas Groups - A Praying Life

After the A PRAYING LIFE SEMINAR, what’s next?

Introducing

APL BARNABAS GROUPS

I. WHAT IS A BARNABAS GROUP?

It is simply a group limited to three men or three women (only three) that get together for an hour, once a month, to share prayer stories, show their prayer cards, and for intercessory prayer.

II. HOW DOES THE GROUP TIME WORK?

One person acts as the Monitor, who keeps it moving and watches the time. Each person brings three prayer cards with stories on them. When the Monitor gets the hour started, he or she gives the first person a five-minute window to pick one card out of the three, share the story, and show the card to the other two group members. Then, the other two group members have five minutes for their insights, thoughts, suggestions, encouragement, etc. The whole group then begins to pray, but for only five minutes. We suggest everyone pray only a sentence or two, which allows for others to get involved in the prayer story and allows for multiple times to pray in the five minutes. When the “amen” is said, 15 minutes has gone by. Note: Three people having 15 minutes means that only 45 minutes of the hour has been used. The other 15 minutes can be used for greeting each other, briefly catching up, ordering breakfast, etc.

III. WHERE DOES THE GROUP MEET?

Since the group is only three people and since the commitment is for one hour per month, it can be done at breakfast, a coffee shop, a home, a porch, or wherever is most convenient for the group.

IV. WHY CALL THEM “BARNABAS” GROUPS?

Barnabas was the unsung hero of the New Testament. His calling was to see great qualities in others and encourage them in faith, confidence in the Lord, using gifts, and more. Without him, there would be no Apostle Paul! (Remember, the church was afraid of and distrusted Saul of Tarsus. It was Barnabas who vouched for him and got him “in.”) Without Barnabas, there would be no John Mark after Paul sent him home from the mission trip. Barnabas represents the ministry of encouragement to move forward into prayer stories and where they lead us. These prayer story and prayer time groups cannot help but encourage people to keep up their praying, enjoy the stories that unfold and, when the Spirit so leads, help one another in practical ways. We also learn a great deal just by seeing how others are praying through their situations and how they are fashioning their cards.

V. CAN WE MEET FOR MORE THAN JUST ONE HOUR?

Of course! We recommend this one-hour schedule so it isn’t one more activity that crowds your calendar, and so that one person doesn’t dominate the time.

VI. HOW DO WE END THE GROUP TIME?

With a commitment to pray for one another, of course, now that each is intimately acquainted with the stories of others. And, now that one has the confidence that others are praying for them, the group can close with a prayer along the lines of “We can’t wait to see what you are going to do with these three prayer stories, Father.”

 

For Questions and/or Follow-Up, Contact:

Bob Allums

Director of A Praying Life, a seeJesus Ministry
(847) 800-8363 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lydia Leggett

Seminar Coordinator, Assistant to the Director
(847) 372-0907 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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