Week 2: Working through Difficulties
Whenever people come together for a shared purpose, they should acknowledge potential difficulties. Each person has ways of communicating, expectations, or baggage from the past. These might be traditions, or unspoken ways of handling problems. They might be differing communication methods, or past hurts that people have buried. What are the difficulties that might be facing the new church?
11. Pray for ineffective systems to be set aside.
“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.” Mark 2:22
Ineffective systems are often a relic of the past. They may have been effective at one time, but now they are an obstacle to healthy ministry.
• Pray for powers (and people) that once controlled the church would no longer feel the need to control.
• Pray that the Merger Team would seek out and implement new, effective systems.
• Pray that the new church will be open to these new systems and practices.