Calling on the Southern Baptist PrayerLink leadership team to “fan into flame a passionate pursuit of God in prayer,” Chris Schofield opened the group’s winter meeting as PrayerLink’s first executive director.
“The Lord is not through with what we began years ago,” said Schofield, director of the Office of Prayer for Evangelization and Spiritual Awakening for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
“This ministry cannot be about us. It must not look to the past, but adapt to changing realities and press on to what lies ahead,” Schofield said, according to a report in SBC LIFE’s pre-convention 2017 issue released earlier this month. SBC LIFE is the journal of the SBC Executive Committee.
The PrayerLink leadership team settled on four verbs during its two-day meeting that convey its mission and voted to redesign its logo to reflect its mission.
The new logo incorporates the group’s global prayer focus; its passion to lift up Jesus’ high priestly prayer in John 17:20-21; and its desire — by praying, connecting, resourcing and serving — to join hands with people of every race and kindred.
“We [primarily] serve through praying,” Schofield said. “Then we serve the greater group by putting together the logistics of our meetings” so others have a model to emulate in their respective settings, whether churchwide prayer services, small group gatherings or associational meetings.
PrayerLink is composed of prayer coordinators from Southern Baptist entities, WMU, state Baptist conventions and Southern Baptist ethnic and language fellowships.
Working in collaboration with associations, state Baptist conventions and SBC entities, PrayerLink seeks to foster a Great Commission prayer mindset among Southern Baptists and other Christ-followers and promote Great Commission prayer ministries woven throughout the Southern Baptist network of churches.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Roger S. Oldham