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The Church That Prays Together: Inside the Prayer Life of 10 Dynamic Churches Paperback – May 29, 2008

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Some churches have a culture of prayer that you can feel when you walk through their doors. But how did they achieve it? How do they maintain it? And can your church become a praying church, too?

In The Church That Prays Together, Elmer L. Towns and Daniel Henderson tell the real-life stories of 10 churches that have been transformed by a pervasive culture of prayer. From an explosion of prayer in a rural farming community in Jefferson, Oregon, to a total prayer program at a megachurch in Houston, Texas, these dynamic praying churches will inspire you as they share the principles they learned along the way. Get ready to reach new heights in prayer at your church!

About the Author

Daniel Henderson is founder and president of Strategic Renewal, a ministry focused on igniting the heart of the church through personal renewal, congregational revival, and leadership restoration for the glory of Jesus Christ.

After spending 25 years in pastoral ministry, Daniel is now full-time with Strategic Renewal. He also serves as Pastor of Prayer and Renewal at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia and as Assistant Professor for Renewal and Church Leadership at Liberty University.

Dr. Elmer L. Towns is vice president/cofounder of Liberty University and currently is its dean of the school of religion. He also has taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and was president of Winnipeg Bible College. He has published more than 50 books and written more than 2,000 articles. He holds a BA from Northwestern College, a MA from Southern Methodist University, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary, and a D. Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (May 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600063489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600063480
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, and dedicated worker in Sunday school, and has developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education. He began teaching at Midwest Bible College, St. Louis, Missouri, for three years and was not satisfied with his textbooks so he began writing his own (he has published over 100 books listed in the Library of Congress, 7 listed in the Christian Booksellers Best Selling List; several becoming accepted as college textbooks. He is also the 1995 recipient of the coveted Gold Medallion Award awarded by the Christian Booksellers Association for writing the Book of the Year, i.e., The Names of the Holy Spirit.

He was President of Winnipeg Bible College for five years, leading it to receive American Accreditation and Provincial authority to offer degrees (1960-1965). He taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in greater Chicago, Illinois, in the field of Religious Education and Evangelism (1965-1971).

He is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty's existence. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.

Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries in America and abroad. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries. He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. Four doctoral dissertations have analyzed his contribution to religious education and evangelism.

His personal education includes a B.S. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

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I wasn't sure what to expect when I first heard about The Church that Prays Together: Inside the Prayer Life of 10 Dynamic Churches. I think I expected something largely biographical, but not very practical. To some degree, that's what I found, but it was much more practical than I had anticipated.

The introduction is followed by ten chapters. Each of the first nine chapters profiles one particular church, highlighting its unique approach to prayer. We're given some history of how the church arrived at that place, and then a description of how they pray. In some instances, jobs were shaky. In others, God drew individuals into these specific churches as He was starting something new, or the membership "just" felt a burden for the lost around them. In some instances, it wasn't anything this outstanding, but just a simple day-to-day dependence on the Lord. The churches reflect a variety of cultures, sizes, and geographical regions within the United States. Their approaches to prayer are varied, as well. The final chapter offers up a smorgasbord of prayer styles, ranging from solemn assemblies to conversational/"popcorn" prayer to using photographs for intercession.

All in all, there is a wide variety of prayer styles or methods featured. Some are fairly mundane; others are very creative. Probably not all will be useful or applicable to everybody, but most readers should find at least one or two ideas to "shake things up" a bit.

I really appreciated the overall focus of the book. Historically, every great revival has been preceded by great dedication to prayer, because we cannot do anything on our own; we need the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
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