Building Your Ministry

Cottage prayer meetings provide a relaxed setting that encourages church members to pray. For three consecutive months, all ages of our church family gather in homes the first Saturday of each month at 5:00 p.m. We open with prayer, followed by a time of singing. Next we announce prayer requests and participate in group prayer. Our people have found this prayer time to be spirit-refreshing, soul-uplifting, and heart-encouraging. Some individuals who do not pray aloud in church do so in this kind of gathering. After prayer, a layman reads the Word of God and shares a devotional applying to the Christian life. We enjoy sweet fellowship and a meal provided by the homeowner or by potluck. This gathering not only encourages our people to pray but also allows them an opportunity to get better acquainted and to share their needs. From time to time, we tell our testimonies, quote Bible verses, and canvass the community—recently one couple from an apartment near the church was saved as a result of canvassing. When a church has a special interest in prayer, the Lord blesses in unexpected ways. “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7, KJV).

John Lineberry, Pastor
San Mateo Baptist Church
Jacksonville, Florida