The ARM Concert of Prayer Notebook contains resources which are compilations of concerts of prayer used at Aldersgate Conferences and includes a a wide variety of themes and styles of prayer.
Margie graduated from Millersville University in PA with a degree in elementary education and enjoyed teaching first grade before raising a family and being a stay at home Mom. Married to Harry, Margie has two grown sons and two granddaughters and a grandson in Wisconsin. We moved to TN in 2002 to be in full-time ministry with Aldersgate Renewal Ministries.
Margie became ARM National Prayer Coordinator in 1993 and enjoys coordinating a national network of intercessors who pray for ARM and for the renewal of the church by the power of the Holy Spirit. As Director of Prayer Ministries, Margie now oversees all aspects of the prayer ministry for ARM. Margie enjoys creating resources that equip the body of Christ to do concerts of prayer. Team manuals for the Lord, Teach Us to Pray seminar and the Pathways to a Praying Church seminar were developed by Margie. In 2009 Discipleship Resources released a resource Margie wrote for individual and small group study entitled Lord, Teach Us to Pray, a study of personal prayer. Pathways to a Praying Church, a study of corporate prayer was released in 2011. Until He Comes: Living out the Book of Acts was released in 2012.
Purpose: The primary purpose of a concert of prayer is to pray. The service is designed to allow the congregation to spend the majority of the time in corporate, small group, and individual prayer, spoken and sung. Scripture readings throughout the service are designed to model prayer for us and to shape the themes of our praying. This is not a time for preaching, teaching, or exhortation. This is a time to help God’s people pray together.
Format: This mode of corporate prayer combines elements of music with times of prayer for the purpose of fostering unity as we pray together. Just as different instruments come together to form an orchestra for a concert, so participants come together to form a concert of prayer and praise to the Father. A worship leader, or worship team, is essential to facilitate a concert of prayer. Other leaders will be used to help the liturgy and scripture readings flow easily from one segment to another.
Time Frame: When first introduced at Aldersgate ‘95, concerts of prayer were always limited to one hour. One purpose for this time frame was to model a concert of prayer that could be easily used in the local church setting. Since that time, ARM has designed other concerts of prayer that were meant to span a much longer time frame. But the principle and format of any concert of prayer can be expanded or contracted to suit the available time frame.
Content: Each concert of prayer had a special focus or theme. Often they were related to the theme of Aldersgate. Some were written especially for the ARM Call to Prayer surrounding General Conference. All are scripturally based and have application in other settings.
It is our sincere prayer that you will find these resources helpful for increasing the effectiveness of the prayer ministry in your local church. You may even have opportunities to initiate concerts of prayer at the district or conference level. We would be encouraged to hear the many ways you make use of these concerts of prayer.