With effect from March 2022.
Training as a Prayer Minister is available for members of Christian Prayer Ministries (CPM) who are in a right relationship with God and able to comply with the CPM Code of Ethics and Practice. If you feel God is calling you to this ministry, please read this section and then contact the Web Administrator through the email link at the bottom of the page.
The training programme should run for approximately two years but can progress at the pace the trainee wants to go. The trainee does not have to complete the training and become accredited to be part of the team of prayer ministers. Whatever stage the trainee reaches, once he or she has started the programme, s/he will be serving God. The programme is overseen by a training coordinator, answerable to the Training Sub-Group and the Steering Group.
The stages of the programme are as follows:
Someone feeling called to become a prayer minister with CPM must receive two Prayer Ministry Appointments as a guest, with at least six months between the two. The basic model of our ministry will be shared on both occasions. The individual can commence training if, at the first and second appointments, the lead prayer ministers discern that the person is ready to do so.
The person must attend a minimum of three Prayer Ministry Appointments (PMAs). The individual will act as a back-up during these appointments as a third person on the team. The back-up’s role is mainly to pray silently, observe what the Holy Spirit is doing and make notes for the guest as a record of what The Lord has done in the appointment. The individual can progress to the next stage after two lead prayer ministers have made this recommendation, following on from what has been observed in these appointments and other conversations.
The trainee is then assigned a mentor. The mentor will meet with the trainee, usually every six to eight weeks to look in depth at our model of ministry, our principles and practice, using core CPM documents. The trainee will use scenarios to develop skills in identifying the four parts of the model, see how they can interrelate and how The Lord can bring healing. The mentor will ensure that the trainee grows in knowledge and experience of the Holy Spirit.
At the same time, the trainee will be involved in PMAs as a support prayer minister with an experienced lead prayer minister. A record will be made at each appointment by the trainee and lead prayer minister together of what the trainee experienced, the competence demonstrated and what further experience is needed. When the training documents have been gone through together and a minimum of six PMAs have been experienced, the trainee will go for assessment.
The trainee will continue with a mentor going through the documents again to revise and ensure understanding of all aspects of the ministry. Another six PMAs will be experienced either as a support prayer minister or, if the trainee wants to progress, as a lead prayer minister. Again, all these PMAs will be under the authority of an experienced prayer minister. Those trainees who want to progress can then ask the training coordinator to organise an assessment for the status of accredited prayer minister. This assessment will go to the Steering Group for ratification.
The newly accredited prayer minister will meet with a mentor every six months to ensure learning and understanding continues.
Throughout the process, the trainee will be able to progress at his or her pace. As with all prayer ministers, the person will need to have their own annual PMA.
To retain accredited status, paid up membership of CPM must be maintained, as well as strict adherence to the Code of Ethics and Practice.
If you would like to register your name for consideration to become a Prayer Minister with CPM, please email the Website Administrator.