Listed below are several exceptional books that will acquaint you, inspire you, and motivate you as you explore the issue of leading your church to become a House of Prayer. We have annotated them to help you find exactly what you are looking for. If you find other exceptional books on the topic of prayer-intensive churches please send us the biographical information so we can consider adding them here.
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Okay All Together Now
by Don Jacobsen, 2017
Dr. Don has been writing a weekly blog for the HOPE-Heals website for more than a year. With nearly 10,000 monthly visitors and countless requests for a compilation in book form, his newest book is just off the press. For more information about “Okay, All Together Now,” you can go to the website, OkayAllTogetherNow.com. It is also available in quantities at steeply discounted prices. Whether you’re seeking a spark for your next sermon or devotional thought, or looking to reignite your church through the power of prayer, the book will encourage and inspire you. If you want to see your church become a prayer-saturated church, this book will help.
The book is also excellent for group study, church staff, retreat curriculum, church elders, gifts for pastors and others, college and seminary students, local church prayer leaders, youth group leaders, etc.
Moving Your Church
by S. Joseph Kidder, 2015
My friend, Dr. Joe Kidder has written another keeper. He is an effective researcher, careful Bible student, and fervent soul winner. You’ll like not only like his conclusions but the very practical tools he provides for helping move flailing churches forward to mission.
The Present Future
by Reggie McNeal, 2003
Reggie McNeal is a pastor and a trainer of pastors. I’ve discovered that about anything from his pen is worth reading. Although he is a prolific writer and “The Present Future” is one of his early books, it is also one of the most stimulating and one of the most provocative. (Have you noticed how those two traits often go together…) You will often find yourself, at the end of a page, staring at the wall – as the implications of what you have just read sink in.
The Praying Church Sourcebook
by Alvin VanderGriend, 1997
Dr. VanderGriend is a pioneer in the Praying Church movement, a practicing advocate, and a prolific writer. The Sourcebook is a classic, filled with usable resources to help make the transition from a coasting church to a highly motivated church.
My House Shall Be a House of Prayer
Lance Lambert, 2011
Here is a book published initially in 2011 that is already in its fourth printing. That speaks to its value. The content was first presented as a series of lectures to church leaders in England, but the outcome was so significant across the UK that Dr. Lambert was called to conduct Schools of Prayer all over the world. It is not a template, but a thoughtful, biblical guide to those wishing to see their churches fulfill Christ’s vision of a House of Prayer.
And the Place Was Shaken
by John Franklin, 2005
John Franklin is a well-known interdenominational prayer conference speaker. From personal experience Franklin observes, “Many churches today have quit having prayer meetings because the meetings were flat and hardly anybody came.” In these powerful chapters you will find that the case for praying together is so strong that you won’t give up even if your people do not respond immediately.
The Prayer-Saturated Church
by Cheryl Sacks, 2007
Sacks’ book is one of the classics on the topic of helping churches become places of power-praying. For a dozen years she has taught, spoken, and written what God has shown her. Some chapters include: Taking Your Church to the Next Level; Motivating the Whole Church to Pray, and Designing a House of Prayer Strategy. Our friend, Jonathan Graf, says, “I believe Cheryl’s book is, bar none, the finest, most complete work on church prayer that has ever been written.”
With One Accord
Armin Gesswein, 1998
Using the book of Acts this classic work explores how and why a young praying church changed the world forever. Gesswein helped organize the vast prayer undergirding, especially the early years, of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Crusades. He has subsequently established Colleges of Prayer which have trained nationals in prayer in more than 30 nations. A good study on the church of Acts.
The Church That Prays Together
by Henderson and Towns, 2008
Ten dynamic case studies of congregations that successfully transitioned into vibrant houses of prayer. Their stories are filled with real-world trial, error, and success.
Transforming Your Church Into a House of Prayer
by Doug Small, 2006
Doug Small is a skilled artisan as a church leader. His writing is clear, biblical, and passionate. This book is one of the most encouraging you will read. We highly recommend it.
Forgotten Power, A Simple Theology for a Praying Church
by David Butts, 2015
Don’t be fooled by the title, David Butts, chair of the National Prayer Committee has done a superb job of providing both motivation and methods for moving your church prayerward.
The Big Four
Joseph Kidder, 2011
Dr. Kidder began a study in 2003 to discover why some Seventh-day Adventist churches in North America were growing and some were plateaued. He and his assistants were able to isolate four factors common to vibrant churches that had sustained growth over a minimum of five years. One of the four qualities was the commitment of the leaders to develop a congregation with Passionate and Authentic Spirituality. He develops that strategy in Section 3, and illustrates how essential a prayer saturated church is to that goal.
Serving In Your Church Prayer Ministry
by Chuck Lawless, 2003
Even the chapter titles expose some of the helpful direction of this book. Chapters like: Prioritizing Prayer in Your Church; Multiplying Pray-ers In Your Church, and Praying for Leaders. A valuable, how-to book.
Daniel Henderson, 2011
If I could squeeze just one more book purchase out of the grocery money it would be to buy this book. It’s one of the truly life-changing books I have read. It is not a how-to book though it deals with specifics in places. It is more a mind-stretcher, a heart-shaper. As I read it I found a great cry welling up within me that said, “Yes, Lord, that’s what I want.” I promise that it will change you and prepare you in a way that God can use you to help change your church. Problem is, when you’ve read this you’ll want Henderson’s earlier book, Fresh Encounters. Maybe that’s for next month’s grocery money.
Threshold; Transformational Prayer, Transformational Prayer Ministry
by Paul Covert, 2013
Paul Covert is unique in that he is one of the very few full-time Prayer Pastors in North America, serving in a large church in Mesa, AZ. The wisdom in the book is very much that of a practitioner. This is one of our favorite resources. We especially like this profound observation from Covert: If our prayer is meager it is because we believe prayer is supplemental rather than fundamental.
The Praying Church
Sue Curran, 2001
This is one of the strongest books I’ve read on the value of corporate praying. Mrs. Curran comes to the topic as a practitioner having been part of a powerful church plant in East Tennessee. She explores the dynamics of praying together and why God places such a premium on it. Some would argue that solo praying is all that is needed. They will not take that position after they read Sue’s book.
Daniel Henderson, 2008
In Amazon’s evaluation, Fresh Encounters received 21 rankings of 5-stars. It’s a winner. It’s an earlier book of Daniel Henderson’s and was written in the midst of a heavy pastoral assignment. It describes the process he followed to move his church to become a truly prayer-saturated church. I give it 5-stars, too.
The Lost Art of Praying Together
James Banks, 2009
This is a powerful book. Part life-story, part text book. When James was a youngster his family moved from San Diego where they were part of a vibrant church of more than a thousand, to a little desert church with less than 50. But it was that little praying church that changed his life. He would later observe, “The lasting impact God made on my life…was in direct proportion to their prayers.” He would come to discover that, “…whenever something significant happens in the history of the church—whenever lives are transformed and revival occurs—people are praying together.” This is a good read.