Lay prayer ministers pray with members of the congregation during worship and in times of need. To request prayer, contact the church office.
Healing prayer ministry
Christ Church offers healing prayer, administered by trained clergy and lay healing prayer ministers by appointment and at a healing prayer service the first Sunday of each month.
This ministry is critical to our mission. After His time of testing by Satan in the wilderness, Jesus returned to His hometown of Nazareth. As was His custom, He went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and when the scroll of the Prophet Isaiah was given to Him, He read this passage: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” After reading it, Jesus rolled up the scroll, sat down, and said, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing,” a clear and undeniable revelation of Jesus’ mission (Luke 4:18-21).
The “year of the Lord’s favor” is a synonym for the “good news of the kingdom of God,” since, just a few verses later, Jesus said the purpose of His coming is to preach this good news (Luke 4:43). According to Mark’s Gospel, when Jesus began His ministry, He said: “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:14). This means two things: the Kingdom of God is being restored to us, and the kingdom of evil, or of the Evil One, is being destroyed.
This requires healing the sick and casting out evil spirits. The Gospels record Jesus “teaching . . . and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.” As Jesus’ fame spread, “they brought Him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and He healed them” (Matt. 4:23-24). These powerful signs were evidence of the in-breaking of the Kingdom of God, God’s restoring of His good creation. Jesus even took great risks by healing on the Sabbath, something the scribes and Pharisees thought was against the law. This is one of the things that led to His crucifixion.
Jesus wants us to continue what He began to do and teach because we, His church, are His Body on earth. To His first 12 disciples He gave “authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and affliction” (Matt. 10:1). This authority was not restricted to the Apostles. Jesus sent out 70 unnamed others to carry this healing ministry into the world, telling them, “Whenever you enter a town and they receive you… heal the sick and say to them, ‘The Kingdom of God has come near to you’” (Luke 10:8-9).
The Book of Acts records how the risen Jesus continued, through His Church, healing people of diseases and freeing them from demonic oppression. For approximately 350 years, Christians continued Jesus’ work of healing the sick and casting out evil spirits. This is one of the reasons that the Church grew so rapidly, in spite of persecution— because people could see God at work among Jesus’ followers. Then, for a number of reasons, the healing ministry declined in the Church, with some notable exceptions. Thanks be to God, it is being recovered in many ways in the Church today.
Our healing prayer ministers have been trained through a series of classes provided by Christian Healing Ministries (CHM). CHM was started by Francis and Judith MacNutt, and is located in Jacksonville, FL.
Daughters of the Holy Cross
The Daughters of the Holy Cross (DHC) prays daily for anyone who requests prayer. The DHC is an international Anglican women’s fellowship that prays for the church and the world and lives by a rule of life. To request prayer, contact the church office.
Men’s Monday prayer group
Meets every Monday at noon in the basement cafe at The ClayDesta Towers (twin buildings), 10 Desta Drive. After lunch, we pray for the needs of the church, our community and the world.
Map to ClayDesta Towers
Women’s Friday prayer group
Meets every Friday at members’ homes to pray, study the Bible, and fulfill a rule of life. Contact the church office for more information.
Hope House prayer ministry
Intercessory prayer ministers pray for those staying in Hope House as they undergo cancer treatment, for those who have stayed there in the past, and for the doctors and nurses who care for them, as well as for the Hope Housestaff and board of directors.