DVDs and sample study guides for the following studies may be available to checkout from the Community Groups Lending Library. Click HERE to submit a request to borrow study materials for your group.
(Find additional Prayer-related studies listed under Core Studies on the main Recommended Group Studies page.)
The Battle Plan for Prayer: From Basic Training to Targeted Strategies - Stephen & Alex Kendrick
The Battle Plan for Prayer begins with prayer’s core purpose, its biblical design, and its impact throughout history. Readers will be guided scripturally through the fundamentals of how effective prayer works, inspired towards a closer, more intimate relationship with God, and shown how to develop specific prayer strategies for each area of life. Prayer can accomplish what a willing God can accomplish. It should be your first plan of attack in all of life’s battles, not your last resort. If you want to experience the joy of mightily answered prayer, then it’s time to engage with God at another level.
8-session DVD & Bible Study Book
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The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams & Greatest Fears - Mark Batterson
This video-based study will help participants gain a deeper understanding of prayer and, in turn, make it a more consistent practice. The study will revolutionize the personal prayer life of each participant and help each group form a prayer circle around each other's challenges, opportunities and dreams. This study also provides individual and group activities, between session personal studies, and additional background material that will enhance your group's study experience.
4-session DVD & Participant's Guide
The Daniel Prayer: Prayer that Moves Heaven and Changes Nations - Anne Graham Lotz
In The Daniel Prayer, Anne Graham Lotz explores the desperate kind of prayer uttered by the prophet Daniel that storms the gates of heaven and brings results here on earth. This study guide includes weekly Bible study readings, video teaching notes, discussion questions, activities, and space for writing your own prayers.
6-session DVD & Study Guide
Lord, Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days - Kay Arthur
A new cover and additional questions for study and discussion mark this revised 28–day study. Readers will discover practical insights to help them know how to pray, what to pray, and what to expect when they pray. Arthur sheds light on the instructions Jesus gave to His disciples for the perfect pattern of meaningful prayer and demonstrates how the Lord’s Prayer covers worship, praise, intercession, and petition and ushers an individual into the presence of God.
4-week Book Study with 5 daily prayer / scripture applications each week
Harvest House Publishers
Nurturing a Passion for Prayer: A Discipleship Journal Bible Study - Michael Smith
Is your experience with prayer less than passionate communication with the Maker of the universe? Using this study, learn to change your attitude toward prayer and discover intimate interaction with the Heavenly Father.
8-session Bible Study Journal
Pray Like This: Living the Lord's Prayer - Steve Gaines & Michael Kelley
Prayer is the most dynamic discipline in the life of a believer. Yet it may be the most misunderstood and the least taught. This study shows believers that following Jesus' Model Prayer will lead them to fall more in love with God and grow in their desire to engage in conversation with Him. In this study you'll see the significance of starting your prayers by acknowledging God as Father. You'll learn what it means for His name to be recognized as holy. You'll discover what you're asking God to do when you pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done.
6-session DVD & Bible Study Book
When God's People Pray - Jim Cymbala
This study will help you to understand, personalize, and apply the powerful, life-changing concepts described in the companion video series. It includes questions to think about, session outlines with room for note-taking, discussion questions, Bible studies, a prayer journal, and more. Prayer can change lives and circumstances like nothing else.
6-session DVD & Participant's Guide
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St. Charles - Adult Ministries
Lorie is originally from Southern California, but spent many years in Boston and really considers herself to be an east coast girl. She has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology with a focus on women's issues from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She oversees our Women's Ministry.
In her spare time...well, she has no spare time. Time away from ministry is spent enjoying her husband and three boys.
Leah grew up in West Dundee, Illinois and received my BA in Education at the University of Iowa. Leah, her husband, Steve, and their three children began attending Christ Community Church in 2003. She has enjoyed being involved with women's and student ministries over the years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with my family and friends, reading a good book, and gardening.
Jack is originally from upstate New York, and is a graduate of Brown University where he received his degree in Economics. Before joining the Christ Community Church staff, Jack spent 31 years in the consumer products industry in various sales and marketing managerial positions.
Jack and Susie have been married for over 30 years and have five wonderful children.
Lee was born in the Wicker Park area of Chicago and spent his early life slowly moving west, to the Austin District, Oak Park, Elmhurst, and, finally, Batavia. An alumni of Morton College, Lincoln college, and later, Moody Bible Institute, Lee spent 29 years in the meat division of a local grocery chain. Lee has been married over 40 years to his wife, Deb, and have three adult children and four grandchildren. He loves basketball, hiking, camping in Colorado, and sharing his faith with seekers
Jeannine was born and raised in Champaign, IL. She is married to her high-school sweetheart Jason and they have two children. They have been attending and serving at Christ Community Church since 2008.
She enjoys scrapbooking, playing volleyball with her family, biking, and cheering her son on in baseball.