Prayer Bear

Prayer Bear

Ministry Title: Prayer Bear Ministry
Ministry Leaders: Ebie Kindsvatter, John Kindsvatter, and Prayer Shawl Ministry Team

Ministry Purpose: In order to reach people with the love of Jesus Christ, the Prayer Bear ministry exists
to bring God’s love and comfort to those experiencing life transitions, illness, or grief.

Specifically:
  • Prayer Bears will be in the sanctuary for anyone to pick up and deliver to those who may be experiencing a life transition, illness, or grief.
  • Each bear has a neck tag explaining that the bear has been present in worship and that prayers and love from Lord of Life Lutheran Church are being sent their way. The tag is held in place by a pocket size prayer shawl as a reminder of the love and hope of God’s presence that people can keep with them throughout the day.
Number of people needed: 3
Now have: 3
Now needed: 0
This ministry relates to:

One hour or less per week.

Flexibility/Time/Place:Flexible according to personal schedules.

This ministry meets: Meet only as needed.
Training provided:
Time Commitment:
Spiritual gifts that are useful, but not limited to:

Craftsmanship, encouraging, faith, giving, prayer, service.


"Each one as a good manager of God’s different gifts must use for the good of others the special gifts he has received from God.” (1 Peter 4:10)


About Ministries at Lord of Life What Motivates Us And How You Can Be Involved

Responsibilities of a Leader of a Ministry of Lord of Life Church

  1. Serve consistent with the Mission, Vision and Values of the Congregation.
  2. Serve within the framework of one of the seven Teams of the congregation; in coordination with the Team Leader(s) and meeting with other Ministry Leaders within the team.
  3. Not raise funds within the congregation or community, other than the existing funds of the congregation, without the prior approval of the Congregation Council.  Your Team Leader can help you with the annual budgeting process or with how to request approval from the council to raise funds.


Privileges of Ministries of Lord of Life Church

  1. You may use all the facilities and resources of the congregation (see Facilities Use Guide).
  2. You may publicize in the bulletin and newsletter of the congregation (see Facilities Use Guide).
  3. You may submit an annual budget request, through your Team, to the council.
  4. You may represent your ministry as one of Lord of Life Church in the community.
  5. As Leader or co-Leader, you may participate in all leadership training and support events in and through Lord of Life Church.
  6. Utilize the congregation’s spiritual gifts data banks for recruiting and developing partners in your ministry.


How to "Conclude" a Ministry of Lord of Life Church

  1. Pray ... listening for God's leading, and discerning God's gifts for ministry in your life.
  2. Talk personally with your Team Leader before reaching a conclusion, sharing some of what is leading you into this time of discernment.  Be as honest, open and vulnerable with God, and your Team Leader, as you can.
  3. It may be helpful to discuss it with others to assist in discernment, particularly the current participants.
  4. Determine whether you feel the ministry is either (a) no longer valid, or (b)  you no longer feel called to lead that ministry.
  5. Once you’ve reached a decision, meet again with your Team Leader to share your conclusion.
If you deem the ministry is no longer valid (i.e. meeting a need, helping reach others with the love of Christ, or equipping disciples), notify the Team Leader.  The Leader will notify the church office and Team Staff to remove it from the congregation's roster of ministries.

If you discern the ministry is valid and you believe it should continue with different leadership, you are encouraged to seek a new Leader, or two.  Once accomplished, the new Leader will need to complete a "Ministry Description."

As you step down from ministry leadership, you are encouraged to do the following:
  • Thank those who have served with you in this ministry, either privately,  publicly, or both.
  • Share a brief written summary of your experience in this ministry and as a leader, including joys/success, struggles/shortcomings, and insights that might help others in the future.


How to Become a Ministry of Lord of Life Church

file pdf How to Become a Ministry of Lord of Life Church

  1. Pray ... listening for God's leading and discerning God's gifts for ministry. Discuss it with others to assist in discernment. If you know the area of ministry you may wish to speak with that Team Leader.
  2. Locate a "Ministry of Lord of Life Church Description Form" from the church office or in the Narthex.
  3. Complete all the information, which includes: commitment to the Mission, Vision, Values of the congregation; designation of leaders and participants; a purpose for the ministry, and identification with one of the Ministry Teams at Lord of Life Church for accountability and cooperative ministry.
  4. After determining which Team you will relate to, schedule a time to meet with one or both of the co-Leaders of that Team. This will be the Team and Leaders you will relate to at Lord of Life Church. They will submit your budget, vision with you, coordinate your ministry with other ministries on this Team, and generally assist you in leading your ministry.
  5. Both the Ministry Leader and a Team Leader sign the "Description" and return it the church office.

Once this process is completed you are entitled to the privileges reserved for Ministries of the Congregation and are expected to hold the responsibilities common to all ministries and ministry Leaders of the congregation.

Ministry Team Purpose Statements

Experience Team: Provide as many people as possible an experience of God’s grace through weekly worship and welcome.

Grow Team: To help grow a member’s faith into discipleship of Christ through Bible study, small groups and learning opportunities.

Connect Team: To encourage people as they discover and use their spiritual gifts, abilities, passions and experiences to glorify our God.

Mission Team: To encourage, equip and engage as many members as possible to reach out to others with the love of God in Jesus Christ.

Administrate Team: To steward the resources God has given Lord of Life Church as we cultivate an environment conducive to faithful ministry and spiritual growth.

FAQ Topics Care & Prayer

There has been a death in my family. Who should I call?

Please contact the church office at your earliest convenience. You will also need to contact a burial service provider (funeral home) who will guide you through the next steps to take. Members should strongly consider having memorial services at the church, surrounded by the symbols and community of faith.

I'm having surgery next week. I'm facing a challenge, or am in the midst of adversity. Can I have the whole community pray for me?

We would be honored to walk with you during this challenging time. You are always welcome to voice your prayers in Sunday worship, after which the whole community will respond “hear our prayer, or you may wish to send a prayer request to our e-prayer ministry by phone or email as well.

I have a need for counseling. Are there resources at Lord of Life?

Yes. Lord of Life Lutheran Church has pastoral resources and can gladly meet by appointment with members to offer spiritual counsel and guidance. If the need extends beyond the scope of spiritual care, a resource list of qualified psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and local social service agencies in the Columbus area will be provided.

I have a friend who needs help / counseling. Can Lord of Life Church help?

Yes. Your friend is welcome to call the church and make an appointment for spiritual counsel and guidance. If needed, a resource list of qualified psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and local social service agencies in the Columbus area will be provided.

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