It wasn’t that long ago that Baptist churches were marked by five key services a week – Sunday School, Morning Worship, Training Union, Evening Worship and Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting. Training union was the first to enter the endangered species list, and Sunday night worship is not far behind. I would guess that Sunday night worship is now held at a minority of Baptist churches, but I’ve not seen statistical evidence on that. Certainly, it is true in Iowa.
Wednesday night prayer meeting may be the next on that list.
I am just wondering, as a discussion question, what you do at your church on Wednesday night. We have a children’s ministry (our own creation, based on Children Desiring God materials and some other things woven in), Youth ministry, and for the adults, we have a prayer time followed by a Bible study. We have a handful for prayer at 6:30 and a slightly larger handful for Bible study at 7. Neither is a large group.
What do you do?
- A worship service with music and preaching, like Sunday, but scaled back a little?
- A prayer service?
- Bible study?
If you have prayer time, have you found a way to move beyond the “please pray for Aunt Hattie’s ingrown toenail” kind of prayer service?
Tell us what you are doing (and whether it is effective.)