GUIDELINE FOR OUR MINISTRY TEAM
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Statement of Policy and Procedures:
.01 This guideline has been compiled based on the experience of ministers and the suggestions of others
.02 The purpose of this guideline is to help the Ushers, Intercessors and other Volunteers along with the Ministers to keep the vision set up before them and to make sure that they understand that the Ministry Team is there to minister. Ministry is a grave responsibility that should not be taken lightly.
2.0 Requirements for Prayer/Deliverance Ministers
.01 Their Duty
- Listen, Love, and Pray!
- Don’t criticize, judge, or counsel.
.02 Training Requirements
- Baptized and Spirit-filled Christians.
- Be a willing vessel of the Holy Spirit.
- Decrease while God is increasing.
- Attend worship regularly of TLM—no “Lone Rangers.”
- Demonstrate spiritual growth in their lives.
- Live a Christian lifestyle.
- Have teachable spirits.
- Believe God is calling them to the ministry.
- Attend all training sessions and come under authority of TLM.
- Participate in Prayer Sessions to experience healing themselves.
- Commit to serve at TLM on a regular basis as volunteers in every area needed and especially in prayer sessions.
- Consider time involved in preparing yourself spiritually, mentally, and emotionally for praying for others.
- Be prayed up and praised up.
- Use the Binding Prayer that will be given out handed out.
- Take personal inventory of sin not confessed.
- Have the Armor of God.
- Be still, listen, and love.
- Feel God’s love and compassion for the people in need.
- Maintain confidentiality!
- Be patient when ministering and never appear shocked at what the person says or by their behavior.
- Watch body language.
- Remember: You do not have the answer; only God has the answer.
- Depend on the leading of the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures to give you wisdom.
- Expect any of the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be manifested as needed.
- Take control from the start.
- Remain objective.
- Watch for common problem areas. Some familiar ones are feelings of fear, rejection, bitterness, and un-forgiveness over past hurts.
- Be straightforward with the person receiving ministry.
- Concentrate on the immediate need due to the short time available. Do not attempt “in-depth” counseling.
- Keep all information shared with you strictly confidential. Sometimes Christians are misled into spreading gossip under the guise of sharing prayer concerns with others.
- Recognize and acknowledge the person’s will. Not everyone who needs help wants help.
- Do not assume responsibility for the person’s life.
- Let it be known that before, during, and after the service the minister must not be inundated with gossip, negative words, or criticizing of any nature, including that against himself or anyone within the church or congregation. There must be a Zero Tolerance Policy.
3.0 FACILITATING MINISTRY AS A LEADER
.01 Invite the Holy Spirit to come upon these individuals again and do a further work.
.02 When ministry begins, look for those who are most obviously anointed. This can be done by looking for manifestations such as crying, shaking…ETC.
.03 If you don’t notice any outward manifestations of the Holy Spirit, ask those who sense a strong anointing within them to come for ministry. .
.04 Encourage people to freely receive from the Holy Spirit.
.05 Keep reassuring people that it is OK if they do not manifest anything unusual when they receive prayer. God works differently in different people. Remember to encourage people that manifestations are not what counts—what matters is Jesus Christ is lifted up. We must focus on Jesus Christ. The manifestations are the after effect of the moving of the Holy Spirit.
.06 Encourage people not to be fearful of what God is doing. This requires reassuring words from the leaders.
.07 Sometimes children are afraid to receive from the Holy Spirit until the parents first receive from the Holy Spirit.
.08 As much as possible, keep the environment light and easy, unless deliverance and spiritual warfare are a must.
.09 When the number of people wanting prayer is large, it may seem that the quality of prayer goes down and vice versa.
.10 We have found though that more people equals more power and more people can receive. The people who linger around the longest generally get the most. Meeting and prayer times seem to move from low anointing to higher as time goes on.
.11 Current prayer methods must not contradict those commonly used.
.12 Let us be careful about pride and presumption.
4.0 PRAYING FOR PEOPLE
.01 When praying for individuals, watch closely what the Spirit is doing (John 5:19). If no manifestation of the Holy Spirit comes within a minute or two, it is often wise to simply allow that person to open himself or herself up more to the Holy Spirit, His presence, and His anointing.
.02 When people fall in the Spirit, it may be wise to keep praying for them. It seems that most people want to get up way too quickly. God continues to do work even when we are down on the floor. Sometimes it will be noticeable and other times it might be quiet and inward. Allowing people to get up too quickly seems to work against what the Lord wants to do.
.03 Generally, it is helpful to have people stand to receive ministry. This seems to allow the Holy Spirit more freedom to move. Be sure to put someone behind the person receiving ministry to catch them should they fall.
.03a Having them stand is the best form of prayer. However, it is not the only way.
.03b Some people have fear of falling issues. Help them to sit down or to fall carefully, especially if they have back problems, pregnancy, or fear of falling.
.0bc Having them set down sets free the minister and the Ushers from the worriment of anyone falling. In cases when someone is standing, It is wise to have an usher around that may be needed in catch.
.04 When people are standing, be careful not to push them over. This is offensive and will backfire by causing people to grow resistant to the real thing.
.05 Don’t force ministry. If the Spirit is not doing something, relax and remember that there will always be another opportunity.
.06 There is at times a “backwash phenomenon.” This means that the anointing is not received by the individual you are praying for and can actually come back to you.
.07 If people become fearful, calm their fear of loss of control by helping them know what to expect. .
.08 Pray according to the will of God; no psychic prayers.
.09 If you are getting words of knowledge, prophecy, or some other revelations from other gifts, it may be helpful to pray biblical prayers related to those words.
.10 It is OK to talk to the person during the engagement process. But as few words as possible.
.11 If your hands or body is shaking, pray with hands slightly away from the person so as not to distract them.
.12 Encourage the people you pray for to put testimonies in written form.
.13 Prayers to use include Petition Prayer, Warfare Prayer, Ministering Prayer, or some other form of prayer. The Holy Spirit leads and guides us in how we should pray.
.14 In cases of demonic manifestations, deal with them appropriately. Bind the demonic and rebuke them from manifesting. On rare occasions, pastors and other types of ministers have had to hold down people, not by brute force, but carefully and respectively as prayer is given. The ministers understood that they were not dealing with a human in such cases, but demons infesting the human. However, the Spirit can hold down the person so that the deliverance can be done. This is the better approach. If the evil spirit strikes out against the minister, the Ushers and/or Security must protect the minister. Again, this is rare and if the demons are bound, this will generally not take place.
.15 If someone becomes violent due to mental problems escort them out by Security or call 911, either using a phone in the office or a cell phone. If a person threatens suicide, call 911. If a person is suffering a heart attack, stroke, or some other type of illness that will threaten his or her life, call 911. The ministry team can and should pray while this is going on, but the ministry team should not forgo common sense either.
.16 In due time, certain phrases will be fazed out of use. Such phrases as “What do you need,” “What do you want,” “What are your issues,” “What are your prayer requests,” and other such phrases will slowly and surely be taken out of use. Such phrases open the door to mini-counseling, gossip, negative words, accusations that cannot be proven, and even the possibility of legal issues (bringing in the police) that may not be founded. The less the minister says the better. Maybe other words or phrases can be used: “The Lord knows your needs, and He will speak into your life about them.” “The Lord hears your needs and wants. We ask Him to prove Himself for you.”
5.0 PRAYING FOR PEOPLE IN A LARGE CONGREGATION (EXAMPLE)
.01 The minister calls up specific needs that the Lord has brought to his attention during his prayer time earlier in the day/week/whatever. The minister from the Lord may read from a list, saying, for example, “There is someone here tonight with a hearing problem in your right ear. If you will come up here for prayer, the Lord wants to meet with you.” The minister, following the leading of the Holy Spirit, must be very specific with these. Sometimes only one person may come up, none, and sometimes there may be several people with the same issue that may come.
.02 The minister calls up the rest of the mass of people. The Lord may do it according to a different theme. One night, there may be the theme of physical healing, the other night that of deliverance for people battling fear or various other problems.
.03 The minister addresses the entire group with the following rules:
- No one is to speak to him unless he asks you a question.
- Don’t tell the minister what you need unless he asks. God already knows why you are in line.
- The prayer is between you and the Father, the minister just brings the anointing.
- The minister tells everyone to think about what they need from God.
- The minister tells everyone to not pray while they are waiting. It is better for them to focus on just ministering to and loving the Lord.
- He says to stand in expectancy of God moving for you and to not stand there begging for what you want—wait quietly on the Lord as you wait for the minister to come to you and pray.
- The minister tells everyone to keep their eyes open and to watch what is going on, backing it up with scripture.
- The people are instructed to return to their seats when they are finished communing with the Lord.
- Before the minister prays for the first person he leads the entire congregation in a prayer of repentance.
.04 How the prayer service proceeds:
- The minister walks up and down the lines of people.
- He anoints each one with oil, tells them to raise their hands and think of what they need from the Lord, and then he prays a simple prayer asking the Lord to move and touch the person’s need.
- People may drop like being in a battlefield.
- The Holy Spirit may lead him to question some people and get more info, causing him to spend more time praying for some than others.
- In general, however, very little information should be exchanged between the masses of people and the minister.
- The minister should move quickly through the crowd and allow the Holy Spirit to deal with each person individually. This takes the spotlight off the minister, is more private, allows the people not to be embarrassed, keeps gossip down, and keeps things moving.
- This stops the people from taking up the minister’s time with a mini counseling session. The minister should spend as little time as needed or demanded by the Holy Spirit with each person.
- The minister should know, under the moving of the Holy Spirit, who needs to hear a word from him, and who is not open to what the Holy Spirit wants to do that night.
- When the minister begins to get tired, he lets the head usher know or one of his helpers and they make an announcement of how many more people they will pray for or who will be the last person for prayer.
- An announcement should be made that those who were not prayed for that night should return to the next service for prayer. Time and location of the next meeting should be given.
- People are free to stay up at the altar as long as they need or as long as they are under the power of the Holy Spirit’s working.
6.0 RECEIVING MINISTRY
.01 Come humble and hungry. Forget preconceived ideas and what has happened to others.
.02 Experience it before trying to analyze it. It is something like worshipping God, which has no rational explanation.
.03 Come before God with an attitude of acceptance.
.04 Focus on Jesus, not on falling down or the manifestations. Give the Holy Spirit permission to do with you what He wants to do.
7.0 CONFIDENTIALITY AND THE LAW
.01 Ministers and members of the prayer team shall not disclose confidences to anyone except when
- required to do so by law.
- disclosure is agreed to by the person communicating confidences. Consent should be obtained in writing.
- disclosure is necessary to prevent the person from harming himself or herself or others. Harmful behavior is that which is a violation of law or poses a threat to the physical well-being of the self or others.
- disclosure is necessary to defend a minister against claims made by a person who asserts that particular communications related to the claim were made in confidence.
.02 At all times, privacy and confidentiality must be strictly maintained. If the ministry team and/or minister believe action needs to be taken, details and circumstances need to first be proven or confirmed. If action is needed to be taken, it may be taken anonymously.
.03 If it becomes necessary, the minister and members may have to have the one receiving prayer sign a disclaimer (or waiver).
.04 With public prayer, it is common to pray for people who are not known by the person or persons doing the praying. In cases like these where the minister does not know the individuals, he must assume that the prayer requests are true and prayer will be given. Assumption, however, is not fact. Confidentiality is assured due to the anonymity of the person being prayed for. Further, the mental state of the person, their views, their assumptions, and their motives must be understood by the minister as he or she prays. Something said does not mean something true. Satan may speak through a person in order to cause trouble, revenge, or hurt. In a prayer line situation, things must be judged quickly and at all cost the actions must be focused on the prayers and hearing from God.
05. In such cases of a person coming before an ordained minister or priest, even in a prayer line, it must be considered as confession. In most states there is some type of legal precedent that recognizes the priest/penitent confidentiality just as it recognizes the lawyer/client privilege.
06. The Priest-Penitent Privilege has been established in Florida and Georgia. Communications made by a person to a priest, rabbi, cleric, or minister in the course of confession, or similar course of discipline by other religious bodies that are privileged from disclosure. The communications to clergy members must be made while clergy members are acting in the professional capacity of a spiritual adviser and with the purpose of dispensing religious counsel, advice, solace, or absolution. 419 N.Y.S. 2d 426. Some states have broadened their privilege to include all forms of individual or group counseling for marital and other personal problems. See, e.g., N.J.R.E. 511. The definition of “clergy” is the subject of controversy, 49 A.L.R. 3d 1205, but has not been found to include nuns. 279 A. 2d 889.
9.0 DISCLAIMER MUST BE USED
.01 We, True Light Ministries, are not responsible for the movements, acts, operations, and manifestations of the Holy Spirit. Further, we assume no responsibility for what occurs between the Holy Spirit and person(s) in the presence of His glory and anointing, whatever they may be. Each person totally, wholly, and completely surrenders to and assumes the responsibility of what goes on between the Holy Spirit and themselves. By submitting to the presence of His glory and anointing within the house of worship, each individual accepts whatever occurs regardless of what happens, and how long it takes. By reading this disclaimer or by entering into prayer, all persons have accepted this disclaimer.
.02 “By participating in True Light Ministries’ prayer service you voluntarily assume all risk of personal injury, including death and damage to personal property sustained during the prayer service, and release True Light Ministries from any and all liability for any injury, death or damages, suffered by you during the duration of the prayer service, whether due to negligence of the Released Parties, their respective agents, or peers. You agree to defend, indemnify and hold True Light Ministries, and any of its directors, officers, employees, volunteers and other Released Parties harmless from and against any and all actions, suits, claims, demands, causes of action, proceedings, losses, costs, expenses including, without limitation, all attorney fees and disbursements, damages, liability and fines or penalties, in any way arising out of, or relating to, connected with directly or indirectly, regardless of whether there is active or passive negligence or fault on the part of the True Light Ministries, and any of its directors, officers, employees and volunteers previously mentioned and other Released Parties.”