PSC Prayer Guide

Praying For Our Pastor Search Committee

Each week a new emphasis will be posted.


Week Eleven: April 12-18, 2020

Pray for God’s guidance in how the future pastor is presented to the church. Pray for the church to havea supernatural unity in his call to our church.

1 Corinthians 1:10 – I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all
of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you
be perfectly united in mind and thought.


Acts 2:1 – When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.


Ephesians 4:3-5 – Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is
one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one
faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all.
Pray for God’s strength and guidance in the pastor’s former church.


Week Ten: April 5-11, 2020

Pray for the future pastor and his family to have absolute certainty in their sense of call to our church.

He must know he has God’s direction.

Proverbs 2:1-5 – My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

Isaiah 30:21 – And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.

John 16:13 – When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak and he will declare to you the things that are to come.


Week Nine: March 29-April 4, 2020

Pray for the team to have supernatural awareness as to the unique characteristics and traits that are most needed for our church.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Matthew 6:33 – But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 16:18 – And Jesus said, …on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.


Week Eight: March 22-28, 2020

Pray the PSC team has God’s wisdom in all the questions and information they share with the prospective pastor.

Spirit-led thoroughness is essential.

Psalm 143:10 – Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

Psalm 37:23 – The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way


Week Seven: March 15-21, 2020

Pray for God’s clear direction in how the team conducts their research and selections.

Ask God to bring the right person to the attention of the team and that they hear God unmistakably.

Proverbs 14:12 – There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

Isaiah 55:8-9 – For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Matt 10:16 – Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

Jeremiah 42:3 – Pray that the Lord your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do.


Week Six: March 8-14, 2020

Pray for God’s direction in the team members in balancing the PSC role with their other priorities (family, work and ministry roles).

1 Peter 5:7 – …casting all your anxieties on him, because He cares for you.

Isaiah 26:12 – Lord, you establish peace for us: all that we have accomplished you have done for us.

Hebrews 12: 1-2 -…Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…


Week Five: March 1-7, 2020

Pray for a powerful hedge of protection around the committee and their families. Pray for the prevention of Satan’s influence in misleading or rushing the search team selected. One of Satan’s guiles is deception.

Matthew 6:13 – And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

John 16:33 – “…in Me [Christ] you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, But take heart; I have overcome the world”

Ephesians 5:8-11 – “..Live as children of the light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Ephesians 6:13-17 – …Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then…

1 Peter 5:8-9 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same suffering are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.


Week Four: February 23-29, 2020

Pray that the team will have no timetable but God’s. They must be determined to find God’s perfect will in God’s perfect time.

Psalm 27:14 – Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage…

Psalm 37:7 – Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him

Ecclesiastes 8:5 – Whoever keeps a command will know no evil thing, and the wise heart will know the proper time and the just way.

Ephesians 5:15-17 – Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.


Week Three: February 16-22, 2020

Pray for powerful unity and oneness of spirit within the committee.

Romans 15:5-6 – May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:10 – I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.

Philippians 2:1-2 – …complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

Psalm 116:12-14,19 Pray for this to be the heartbeat of all: “What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? I will lift high the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.  I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people…in the courts of the house of the Lord – in your midst, Jerusalem, Praise the Lord”. Oh God, here I am, your servant: set me free for your service.


Week Two: February 9-15, 2020

Pray that committee members conduct their roles with supernatural discernment, wisdom and strength.

Psalm 29:11 – The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Proverbs 9:10 – Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting…    


Week One: February 2-8, 2020

Pray for deep spiritual cleansing and fullness of the Holy Spirit in each PSC member.

Psalm 66:18 – If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;

Psalm 139:23-24 – Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Zechariah 4:6 – … ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty (to Zerubbabel).

John 15:5 – I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing;

 Ephesians 5:18-21 – Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,..giving thanks always for everything to God the father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…


The CFBC Pastor Search Committee (PSC) will represent our church as they seek God’s will for the selection of our next Senior Pastor.  The search committee will need to be in constant prayer as they embark on their assignment.  

Each week’s prayer emphases are organized with scriptures to allow us to pray ‘scripturally’. Hebrews 4:12 says that “God’s Word is alive and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword”.  When we speak and pray the Scriptures, we are coming into agreement with God. 1 John 5:14 says that “…if we ask anything in accordance with His will, He hears us”.   The Lord promises to answer our prayers when we pray in line with His will.  

Additionally, praying the Scriptures will increase our spiritual growth as we memorize His word. We actually learn what God says about certain situations, and by praying His Word you will see His results. 

Note: All Biblical quotations are from the English Standard Version (ESV) or the New International Version (NIV).

Following Jesus Every Day… Wherever He Leads

“We’ve got five pieces of luggage between the two of us. The rest of what we own is in a storage unit.”

Owen & Leasha Barr


In 2013, two years after joining the CFBC Missions Team, Owen Barr traveled to Brazil to research a mission opportunity for Champion Forest. He spent the week serving alongside a local pastor there through a connection with the International Mission Board. Along with fellow CFBC Staff Members Lezlie Armour and Jared Richard, the team quickly came to an overwhelming sense that Champion Forest should begin a long-term partnership. Every January the past seven years, Owen led mission teams from CFBC to Sao Paulo to work with Pastor Eguinomar Souza and other Baptist efforts in the region.

Over the past year, Owen and his wife Leasha began to sense God’s call to take a step further in faith. After much prayer and seeking the Lord, it became clear that their next step was to move to Brazil.

On January 16th, Owen and Leasha boarded a plane for Brazil and will not be returning until November.

When asked what kind of emotions they’ve been experiencing leading up to departure, Owen said, “All of them. You’re excited, but then you’re terrified and a little sad, we’ve felt all of the emotions. But you know, for both of us, we came to a point where we knew we could choose not to do this, but to what end? I mean, this is what we’re called to do.”

In Sao Paulo, a lack of education and training among Brazilian pastors creates a lid on discipleship and church growth. Owen and Leasha bring a much-needed resource of ministry leadership, experience, and knowledge.

The things that you have are not just for you; they’re for you to use as a resource. Whether that’s your time, ability, or money, those are things that have been given to you to steward, not just to hoard.”

Owen’s wife, Leasha (formerly Leasha May), grew up at Champion Forest and began serving on mission trips at an early age. Her freshman year of high school, she participated in a mission trip to Columbus, Ohio. “That one was a game-changer for me. It was just something different that I’d never seen before, and the first time I felt like, ok, I want to do this. Then all through high school, I was discipled by so many people, like Cheryl (Spafford), who played a large role.”

When asked about the role her parents played in her life and heart for missions, Leasha recalled very clearly how her family modeled generosity. “I think one of the baseline principles in my family was that generosity is just part of what life is supposed to look like. The things that you have are not just for you; they’re for you to use as a resource. Whether that’s your time, ability, or money, those are things that have been given to you to steward, not just to hoard.”

“We know the culture shock is going to be huge. But what we’re most excited about is just getting to see what Jesus is actually planning. We have a vision and a vague idea, and contacts to go and start connecting with, but beyond that, it’s up to Him. It’s been pretty clear that He is orchestrating things in His way. It doesn’t matter if you understand them or whether everyone else understands them, if He’s working, then it’s good. God’s playing a very long game. This specific thing is not something we would have ever picked years ago. But everything up to this point has been leading us here, even if it wasn’t apparent along the way.”

Interested in Missions?

If you’re interested in going on a CFBC mission trip, or getting more involved in missions in a variety of ways, please contact our Missions Team or go to championforest.org/missions.