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?
12. Pray for clear communication of expectations.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
We often have assumptions of what life will be like in the future. In the church we also come with expectations. As the churches come together as a new congregation, what expectations will people bring?
Pray for people to share their expectations openly.
Pray for understanding and spiritual growth as some expectations will not align with the new mission and vision.
Pray for peace and a willingness to grow into unexpected areas of life and ministry.