Jump directly to the Content

Influencing Others to Pray

The influences that led one man to a deeper devotional life.

How does a church leader convince others that developing a consistent prayer life is important? Em Griffin suggests three methods of influence that were important in his life. The material in this article is an adaptation of a chapter from his book on leadership to be published next year by InterVarsity Press.

We met the train at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon. I went in my official capacity as president of MCF—the University of Michigan chapter of Inter-Varsity. Joyce, our vice-president, was with me. We'd received word that our new IVCF field rep would visit our group that night. We'd been told to pick her up at the Ann Arbor train station and spend time with her until the meeting. To say we were apprehensive is putting too heavy a cast on the situation. But our exec board was used to flying solo. We hadn't seen a staff person for six months, and we weren't sure exactly what it was we were supposed to do with "our leader" until seven o'clock. It turned out that our vague unease was ...

Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

The Volcanic Spirit
The Volcanic Spirit
One eruption can contaminate your inner space for a l-o-n-g time.
From the Magazine
The Secret Sin of ‘Mommy Juice’
The Secret Sin of ‘Mommy Juice’
Alcoholism among women is rising. Can the church help?
Editor's Pick
What Christians Miss When They Dismiss Imagination
What Christians Miss When They Dismiss Imagination
Understanding God and our world needs more than bare reason and experience.