As a Scholé Director, I am the person that everyone is looking to for wisdom and direction in my group. How do we possess this type of wisdom and provide the needed direction that makes our group successful for years to come? I believe it is through the power of prayer. Praying for our Scholé groups can broken down into three elements: Grammar, Action, and Example. Let me encourage you today to pursue those three elements in your community as follows:
I like Daniel Henderson’s* definition of Prayer as intimacy with God that leads to the fulfillment of His purposes. Prayer should be:
As Christians, we desire intimacy with God—we want Him to see into us. The wordplay in-to-me-see for intimacy is a helpful way to think of this. Furthermore, as Scholé Directors, we want God to see into what we are doing and ultimately to lead us to fulfill His purposes for our Scholé Group. Therefore, prayer should be the foundation for all we do, as we build with the Word of God being the cornerstone of that foundation, and worship being our banner.
Consider specific action steps to put this intention into practice. A few suggestions:
- Keep a praise and prayer journal of any verses God impresses on your heart and mind for your community.
- Pray these promises He gives you back to Him as you seek to clarify and bring everything before Him.
- Worship Him giving Him glory for all the promises He uses to sustain and guide you to fulfill His vision for your group.
- Encourage your leadership team through prayer.
- Text prayers to them in the morning as God leads, to let them know you are lifting them up in prayer and bless them for the day.
In Your Community
- Steep your Community in prayer. It is the power that undergirds what we do.
- Have a dedicated prayer room on campus.
- Provide worshipful liturgy in the prayer room (candles, music, flowers, beautiful Christian art on table tripods).
- Provide a pre-made list of praises and prayers to provide a model of prayer for those who may not be as confident about praying.
- Provide a praise/prayer journal for your families to write in as led. This encourages others as they read what has been written (it will also encourage you as the Director!).
- Require all parents to serve in the prayer room at some point in their day.
- Find a Prayer Coordinator who is willing to organize prayer on campus quarterly.
Nehemiah is a great book of the Bible for leaders to camp out on. God has really used this example of prayerfully dependent visionary leadership to help me understand the importance of prayer, the Word, and the vision needed to lead well. Nehemiah knew how to get people to commit to the vision and do the work. He was able to overcome division, opposition, and discouragement. He knew how to simply communicate the vision, and then encourage His people as they worked to fulfill the vision. There is much more about Nehemiah’s leadership that is worth studying—I commend this study to you!
I would further encourage you to share the examples of answered prayers with your leadership team and students in your community. Our first year as a Scholé Group we had need for a stage; nothing huge, but the small church we were in didn’t have any sort of elevated stage space, we really wanted parents to get to see their students as they recited or acted out their poems without straining to see over the person in front of them. I took to praying and scouring Craigslist and local ads to find a stage of some sort. I asked other local churches, all to no avail. The day before the performance, I awoke and prayerfully asked God to direct me to the provision He had or allow me to let go of the idea of a stage. In my spirit, I felt Him direct me to look one more time on Craigslist that morning. To my amazement, there was a perfect sized, portable black stage for sale in our very modest price range! I called and the gentleman said it was available and I needed to go pick it up. Unfortunately, it was too far for me with all that I had on my plate that day. In God’s goodness, the gentleman offered to bring it to me. When he arrived to deliver it, he found out it was for a group of homeschooling students, and he refused to accept any money! Isn’t God good? He provided not only on time, but in the color and portability we needed, and had it delivered—all for free!
Two Powerful Arms
As Directors of a Scholé Group participating in the classical renewal, we are swimming upstream in a downstream world. I heard Daniel Henderson* say that “swimming upstream requires two powerful arms. One arm is the Word of God and the other is Prayer. It takes both arms working together to make it upstream. If you use just one, you go in circles.”
*Daniel Henderson, Sermon at Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, N.C., July 2017