Bring unity as one body in the middle of stylistic differences and theological conflict. Help us to follow you in the things we know. Help us to serve our communities. Help us to serve the least. Help us to impact the world for your name.
Help us to see the true desires of the leaders and participants in the large church with the big Sunday service. Help us to see how they really are seeking you and how people’s lives are being transformed through hearing your message and through living it out in small groups and service. Help them to see how they can grow spiritually, relationally and missionally and follow your practices and your life in a way that’s true to your example. Help them to stay away from the trap of just gathering a crowd. Help them to make disciples and honor you in their lives and acts of service.
Help us to see the true desires of the leaders and participants of new churches who may be trying something different. Help us to see their heart and conviction. Help us to see how they are digging into scripture and seeking to live out a church life based on your teaching and actions within their cultural context. Give them wisdom not to teach out of reaction to a model with which they disagree, but to seek what you are doing here and now. Help them, too, not to become inwardly focused. Help them to make disciples and honor you in their lives and acts of service.
And God, help us all to see your church as one body. Help us to see that as church leaders, equippers and mobilizers, we’re only one part. Help every person within your church to catch the vision of what you want to do in their lives and relationships. Help them to begin to serve you in new ways and to be transformed. Help us all to not be consumers of religion, but active participants in your work around us.
And finally, Lord, help us to approach you, and the world, with courage and humility. Thank you for your love, your example, and your call on our lives. We love you and choose to submit our whole lives to your leadership.