Grounded in Prayer Participant and Leader Book

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Grounded in Prayer Participant and Leader Book
Paperback ISBN: 9781501849046
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Published July 2017

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


About the Authors

Jim Cowart

Jim Cowart is the founding pastor of Harvest Church, a United Methodist congregation in Warner Robins, GA, near Macon. 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

Jennifer Cowart

Jennifer Cowart is the executive pastor at Harvest Church, a United Methodist congregation in Warner Robins, Georgia, that she and her husband, Jim, began in 2001. Today Harvest serves about 2,500 people in seven worship services weekly. With degrees in Christian education, counseling, and business, she oversees a wide variety of ministries and enjoys doing life and ministry with others. As a gifted Bible teacher and speaker, Jen brings biblical truth to life through humor, authenticity, and everyday application. She is the author of the Bible study Messy People: Life Lessons from Imperfect Biblical Heroes. In addition, she and her husband, Jim, have co-written several small group studies including Hand Me Downs and Living the Five. They are the proud parents of two children.

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.

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.