The Pastor's (PIT) Crew
(PIT) stands for Pastor's Intercessory Team. The Pastor's (PIT) Crew is a hedge of people recruited, planted, trained, aimed, and motivated to consistently pray for their pastor.
Why is there a need for this you might be asking? Well, in addition to being on call 24 hours a day, a pastor is often plagued with unrealistic expectations and criticisms. Pastoring a church is often a lonely and thankless task. Focus on the family estimates that 1,500 pastors resign each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, becoming overwhelmed with caring for the needs of others, or contention within their local congregations. Satan knows that if he can strike a shepherd, the sheep will scatter, and the impact of the ministry will be diminished. We do not want this for our church or our Pastor, thus the Pastor's (PIT) crew is committed to praying for God's protection around our Pastor.
Listed below are the three requirements of each (PIT) Crew member?
If you would like to be considered for service on the Pastor's (PIT) Crew then please send us an email telling us of your interest along with your contact information. Send your request to us.
Here is the suggested daily prayer guide for (PIT) Crew members
Seven Days With Our Pastor
"Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you" (Heb 13:7, NASB)
I PRAY FOR HIM AS PREACHER - TEACHER
"Pray also for me, that whenever, I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel." (Eph. 6:19, NIV)
1. Pray that Christ may be lifted up through him.
2. Pray that he may experience the anointing of the spirit in his preaching.
3. Pray that needs may be met, hearts blessed, and lives changed, through the preaching of the Word.
4. Pray that he will be bold enough to speak the truth of the Gospel in love.
I PRAY FOR HIM AS EVANGELIST
"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news" (Rom. 10:15, NASB)
1. Pray for him as he wins souls to Christ and as he teaches others to win souls to Christ.
2. Pray that doors of opportunity for witness may be continually opening to him.
I PRAY FOR HIM AS SERVANT LEADER - ADMINISTRATOR
"Give you servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours"? (1 Kings 3:9, NASB)
1. Pray that he may lead his staff with the direction and sensitivity that only the Holy Spirit can offer.
2. Pray that he may offer guidance to the staff, deacons, and the lay leadership that may bring unity and shared vision.
I PRAY FOR HIM AS A PASTOR
"I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding" (Jer. 3:15, NASB)
1. Pray that the Holy Spirit may be Comforter of souls through his servant as he counsels the troubled, visits the sick, and exhibits the love of Christ in his daily acts of ministry.
2. Pray that, as pastor to his staff, he may emulate the strength and compassion of the good Shepherd.
I PRAY FOR HIM AS PROPHET
"I solemnly charge you in the presence for God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the work; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction" (2Tim. 4:1-2, NASB)
1. Pray that as he prepares his sermons, only the Word of the Lord may be revealed.
2. Pray that the emerging vision God has for His people may be revealed and clearly interpreted through His servant.
I PRAY FOR HIM AS A DISCIPLE OF JESUS
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:10-12, NASB)
1. Pray that he may continue to discover new depths of understanding as a student of the Word.
2. Pray that he may ever find a consistent balance between the Word and the deed as he follows Jesus.
3. Pray that a wall of protection of the Holy Spirit may keep him safe from the devices of Satan.
4. Pray that he will overcome all the temptations of the evil one and will be found Holy & Righteous.
I PRAY FOR HIM AS A PERSON AND FOR HIS FAMILY
"Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways" (Ps. 9:9-11, NKJV)
1. Pray for his Sabbath this day and rest in the Lord.
2. Pray for him as part of his family... a husband, a father, a son....that those cherished times in his home shall be a blessing to his soul and to the souls of his loved ones.
3. Pray that things of earth will not overtake his spirit with preoccupation and misplaced priorities.