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Prayer for the Process

Here's how you can be praying for the Church at Martinsburg as we go through the pastoral search process. 


May God bless His church with the grace to be confident in faith and bold in witness as we journey through this season!



February 24 - March 2, 2019
  • Pray our faith will be pleasing to God and contructive for the ministry (Hebrews 11:6)
  • Pray the Elders will lead well and serve joyfully (Psalm 100:2)
February 17 - 23, 2019
  • Pray we will all desire God's best and not our own desires as we pray for our future lead pastor (Phil. 2:3-4)
  • Pray for the future lead pastor's children (if he has a family) will be willing to move and integrate into this church and community (1 Timothy 3:4)
February 10 -16, 2019
  • Pray the pastor search team will have wise discernment in evaluating the candidate's profiles (Phil. 1:9-10)
  • Pray the unity and loving service will continue in the church fellowship (1 Cor. 12:25)
  • Pray God's Word will be loved by all (Psalm 119:97)
February 3 - 9, 2019
  • Pray the pastor search team will have spiritual unity in their work (John 17:23)
  • Pray the Pastors and Elders will guard their hearts in faithful service for God's church (Acts 20:28)
January 27 - February 2, 2019
  • Pray our future lead pastor will know God's will in accepting this new position at the right time (Col. 1:9)
  • Pray the waiting process will not exhaust, but renew strength and joy in the Lord (Isaiah 40:31)
  • Pray community groups will pray fervently for God's choice of lead pastor (James 5:16)
January 20 - 26, 2019
  • Pray the search team will be faithful and fervent in their prayers for God's future lead pastor (1 Thess. 5:17-18)
  • Pray guests will continue to be drawn to the Word and the fellowship of the church (Acts 2:47)
  • Pray our faith will grow strong in this season of waiting and trusting (Hebrews 11:6)
January 13 - 19, 2019
  • Pray that the Elders will have wisdom in leadership and counsel, and energy for the work of the ministry (Romans 12:10-11)
  • Pray that God's choice for our future lead pastor will passionately love God and His Word (Phil 1:9-11)
January 6 - 12, 2019
  • Pray that God’s overseeing hand will provide clarity to the team which applicants to pursue in the selection process (Proverbs 16:33)
  • Pray that our first priority in 2019 will be to lift up Jesus Christ (John 12:32)
  • Pray that the ministry of the Word will have power for life-change (1 Thess. 2:13)
December 30, 2018 - January 5, 2019
  • Pray for unceasing rest in God’s unfolding plans for His church and its future leadership (Psalm 46:10)
  • Pray for wholehearted trust in God’s good plans for ministry and outreach in 2019 (Prov. 3:5)
  • Pray the search team will delight in God’s Word for their work (Psalm 1:1-2)
December 23 - 29, 2018
  • Praise & Rejoice! “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11)
  • Pray for grace and peace in the pastor search season for the search team, elders and church family (Eph. 1:2)
  • Pray for single-focus attention to God’s desire for His church and its future (Psalm 123:2)
December 16 - 22, 2018
  • Pray that the search team’s prayer time will be purposeful and powerful (Matt. 6:33)
  • Pray that God’s choice for a lead pastor will respond to the search profile, if he hasn’t already (Heb. 11:8)
  • Pray that Christmas activities will draw people into relationships with Jesus and the church (John 3:15)
December 9 - 15, 2018
  • Pray that Emmanuel, “God with us”, will give us peace in this pastoral search season (Matt. 1:21-23)
  • Pray for grateful hearts for the elders and leaders who carry the load of ministry in this season (1 Thess. 5:12-13)
  • Pray God will prepare the man whom He has for the lead pastor position to be willing to come (2 Cor. 8:16-17)
December 2 - 8, 2018
  • Pray that the search team will be built up and be equipped with discernment in their work (Phil. 1:9-10)
  • Pray that the church will continue to grow in grace with joy as we wait for God's future lead pastor (Acts 20:32)
  • As we celebrate advent, pray we will anticipate not only our new lead pastor's coming, but even more our Lord Jesus' coming to reign (Isaiah 9:6)
November 25 - December 1, 2018
  • Pray for grateful hearts of worship that God will provide all we need during this pastoral search season (Phil. 4:19)
  • Pray for quickness to recognize sinful inclinations and to confess and be cleansed for effective living as Jesus’ church (1 John 1:7-10)
Novebmer 18 - 24, 2018
  • Pray for grateful hearts and for God’s power to lead His church in this time of searching (Eph. 3:20–21)
  • Pray that thankfulness will be our “default” position in this season, so the Holy Spirit is free to bless the work of our hands (1 Thess. 5:18–19)
November 11-18, 2018
  • Pray that the search team will be aware of the spiritual warfare they face in their work (Eph. 6:10-12)
  • Pray the church family will earnestly seek wholeness in Christ to counter anxiety or selfishness in this pastor search season (Psalm 139:23-24)
  • Pray thankful prayers for God’s leading in potential pastoral candidates (Phil. 4:6-7)
November 4-10, 2018
  • Pray that the Search Team will seek God’s directives and perspectives as they begin to evaluate resumés (Isaiah 55:8-9)
  • Pray that the elders will shepherd the church with Jesus’ compassion and care (1 Peter 5:2-3)
  • Pray that God will impress upon the heart of the man He has chosen to investigate the pastor profile that has been sent out (Proverbs 16:9).
October 28-November 3, 2018
  • Pray that the congregation will earnestly pray for God’s leadership in the pastor search (James 4:2-3)
  • Pray for God’s favor over the sending of the pastoral search profile as it goes out (Prov. 16:9)
October 21-27, 2018
  • Pray that God will even now prepare the man whom He has for the lead pastor to be willing to come (2 Cor. 8:16-17)
  • Pray that the congregation will walk in faith as we seek God’s choice servant (Heb. 11:6)
October 14-20, 2018
  • Grace and wisdom for elders as they lead the church (James 3:17)
  • That the search team as they pray for wisdom in their work this week (James 1:5)
  • Pray that Pastor Josh’s messages be powerful for life-change (Col. 4:3-4)
October 7-13, 2018
  • Pray that the preaching of the Word be powerful for salvation and growth (1 Cor. 2:4-5)
  • Pray for spiritual protection of search team as they seek to serve well (Eph. 6:11-12)
September 30-October 6, 2018
  • Pray for wisdom as the search team reviews survey results and compile a pastor profile (Prov. 3:5-6)
  • Pray for continued growth in love for the congregation (1 Thess. 3:12)
  • Pray that community groups will pray earnestly for new pastor search (1 Thess. 5:17)
September 23-29, 2018
  • Pray that the congregation will continue to grow in grace (2 Peter 3:18)
  • Pray that compilation of survey results will go smoothly and be insightful
  • Pray that the search team will love the Lord wholly as they serve (Eph. 3:17-19).
September 16-22, 2018
  • Pray that the congregation will grow in love, unity, and purpose (Psalm 133:1; Eph. 1:17-18)
  • Pray that the congregation will have wisdom in completing the pastor search survey (James 1:5)
  • Pray that the elders will have wisdom and grace in leading the church through this transition time (Acts 20:28).
September 9-15, 2018
  • Pray that the search team will grow spiritually and in unity as they walk through this process (Phil. 2:2; Col. 1:9)
  • Pray that the congregation will prayerfully complete the survey about what they would like to see in the new pastor (James 1:5).