Grounded in Prayer Participant and Leader Book

By Jim Cowart, Jennifer Cowart, Jorge Acevedo, Matthew Hartsfield Published
Paperback ISBN: 9781501849046 $12.99 Buy
You don’t know God until you talk to God.

Prayer is a crucial way for us to experience God’s grace. Jesus used The Lord's Prayer to teach all disciples about how to communicate with God. Christians also order their lives around their relationships with each other, and these relationships are strengthened through personal and corporate prayer with God. The Lord's Prayer is a template for how to bring our needs, concerns, and challenges to God, who cares for each of us.

“This resource is developed by four of the best leaders that I know. Always practical—and effective. Always centered in Jesus—and helpful in connecting people with him. I highly recommend it.”
—Jeff Greenway, Lead Pastor, Reynoldsburg UMC, Reynoldsburg, OH

“I can think of no more fertile topic for small groups than prayer, and I can think of no group of leaders better equipped to lead that conversation. For these four presenters, prayer is not a lofty abstraction but a necessary conversation. Prayer is less the things we say and much more the air we breathe. This is a resource we will use in our small group ministries.”
—Shane L. Bishop, Distinguished Evangelist of The UMC (2010); Senior Pastor, Christ Church, Fairview Heights, IL

“Surely Jesus meant for his teaching on prayer to be more than words recited in weekly church services. These words live in us and for us as a pattern to transform our lives.”
—Carolyn Moore, Pastor, Mosaic UMC, Evans, GA

“I’ve been through a lot of small group studies on prayer. And let me tell you that from the framework to the questions and how it digs in to the meat of scripture, this is not just another prayer study. It’s weighty yet accessible, and your group will love it!”
—Steve Gladen, Small Groups Pastor, Saddleback Church; author, Small Groups with Purpose and Leading Small Groups with Purpose

The book combines a Participant and Leader Book and a DVD is also offered.

The six video sessions are:

Session One: Your Holy Name
Session Two: Our God's Reign
Session Three: Everything We Need
Session Four: Forgive Us!
Session Five: Deliver Us!
Session Six: For God's Glory


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Endorsements

“I can think of no more fertile topic for small groups than prayer and I can think of no group of leaders better equipped to lead that conversation. The writers of this material are not theorists or academics; they are pastors who have each demonstrated an ability to grow congregations in the trenches and over the long haul. For them, prayer is not a lofty abstraction but a necessary conversation. Prayer is less the things we say and much more the air we breathe. This is a resource we will use in our small group ministries.”

—Shane L. Bishop, Distinguished Evangelist of The UMC (2010); Senior Pastor, Christ Church, Fairview Heights, IL

“I’ve been through a lot of small group studies on prayer. And let me tell you that from the framework to the questions and how it digs in to the meat of scripture, this is not just another prayer study. It’s weighty yet accessible, and your group will love it!”

—Steve Gladen, Small Groups Pastor, Saddleback Church; author, Small Groups with Purpose and Leading Small Groups with Purpose

“Surely Jesus meant for his teaching on prayer to be more than words recited in weekly church services. I believe he meant these words to live in us and for our faithful prayers using his pattern to transform our lives. In this study by Jim, Jennifer, Matthew, and Jorge, we find solid coaching to help make the most of The Lord's Prayer, and, even more, we find teachers who are living it themselves. These are faithful friends and solid followers of Jesus, and I commend them for creating a solid, biblically based study.”

—Carolyn Moore, Pastor, Mosaic UMC, Evans, GA

About the Authors

Jim Cowart

Jim Cowart is the founding pastor of Harvest Church, a United Methodist congregation near Macon, GA. Harvest launched in 2001, and has an average attendance of 3,000 each weekend.  The church grows primarily through professions of faith from new Christians. The innovative “community group” strategy is producing more than 350 small groups meeting in homes and workplaces.

Jim serves as a trainer and coach, helping pastors launch and maintain healthy church environments. For more information go to harvestchurch4u.org.

 

 

 

Jennifer Cowart

Jennifer Cowart is the executive pastor at Harvest Church, a United Methodist congregation in Warner Robins, GA. She co-preaches and directs Discipleship and Emerging Ministries at Harvest UMC.  She earned degrees in Christian Education and Counseling.  In 2001, she helped start Harvest Church with husband Jim Cowart, which now serves 3,000 people in seven weekend worship services. Their innovative “community group” strategy is producing more than 350 small groups meeting in homes and workplaces.

Jennifer is a systems thinker and specializes in helping churches put the proper structures in place to maximize ministry results. As a gifted speaker and strategist, she brings humor and outside-the-box thinking to ministry teams.

Jorge Acevedo

Jorge Acevedo is the Lead Pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site United Methodist congregation in Southwest Florida. Jorge led a group of young clergy in the creation of the book and Bible study Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas and is author of Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World. He is a contributor to Circuit Rider magazine, Good News magazine, and Our Faith Today.

 

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Matthew Hartsfield

Matthew Hartsfield is the lead pastor of Bay Hope church in Tampa, Florida, where he has served since 1993. His ministry at Bay Hope focuses on connecting the church to the community in meaningful ways to make disciples for Jesus Christ, particularly children and youth.