9 Things is an amazing little book, and I'll have a complete review in a couple of weeks, but I couldn't help but preview one section that was particularly helpful and convicting for me. Ryan Frank writes a lot about dependence upon God and prayer in this book. As I said on Thursday, there are two prayer lists in the book that I think are particularly helpful for SojournKids servants. Here is the second (on page 46). This is my prayer today. Pray for your Pastors
Pray especially for Sojourn’s Executive Team—Daniel Montgomery, Brian Howard, Mike Cosper, and Bryce Butler. Also pray for the Midtown Campus Pastor Chad Lewis and the J-town Campus Pastor Lisle Drury.
P—Purity. Pray that your pastors will remain pure in the face of constant pressure in an immoral culture.
A—Adversity. Pray that your pastors will confront adversity with faith and endurance.
S—Strength. These mean all work 50+ hours each week. Pray that they will have strength to continue their ministry.
T—Teaching. Pray that these mens’ teaching and preaching ministries will be effective, powerful, and clear.
O—Organization. These men have more to do than any one person can handle. Pray that they will prioritize correctly.
R—Rest. Your pastors need rest. Pray that they will sleep each night and that they will take enough time away from ministry that they will not get worn out.
For more on praying for your pastors, download 31 Days of Praying for your Pastor, a resources that Frank has adapted from Nancy Leigh DeMoss.