99th Stated Meeting
September 24–25, 2021
Lake Forest EPC
EPC General Assembly Resources
Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic Authors
Dr. James Banks, Pastor of Peace EPC in Durham, NC, has written a number of books on prayer.
Praying Together by Dr. James Banks. The Bible shows many stories of people coming together in times of need, crying out to God in a spirit of unity, and seeing powerful answers to their prayers. Praying Together invites you to begin the adventure of prayer and watch God move like never before! In this engaging guide to corporate prayer, you’ll examine the practices of the early church, and discover God’s presence and power today in fresh and exciting ways. You’ll find wisdom from Scripture, tips to help you build your confidence, questions for reflection, a guide for organizing a prayer group, and more. This book has also been translated into Chinese. Click here to order.
Prayers for Prodigals by Dr. James Banks. When you're the parent of a prodigal, you know you can never pray enough. But how do you persevere when you're tired and discouraged? Prayers for Prodigals offers encouragement for parents to "come boldly before the throne of grace" and intercede daily for their children through a series of inspirational prayers. The book also includes fourteen brief reflections, which are drawn from Scripture and the writer's and others' personal experiences with prodigal children, such as Ruth and Billy Graham and Monica, the mother of Augustine. This unique and helpful book encourages and inspires parents in a sustained, daily prayer effort for their prodigal children. It has also been translated into Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese and Japanese. Click here to order.
Prayers for Your Children by Dr. James Banks. Many parents have witnessed the power of faithful prayer over their child’s life, praying for health and healing from heartbreaks and for spiritual awakening and future direction. Inside Prayers for Your Children, pastor and bestselling author James Banks offers ninety accessible, Scripture-packed prayers you can pray for your kids during every season of their lives. Filled with heartfelt wisdom and truth, these ready-to-use prayers cover specific needs, including knowing Christ as Savior, loving the Lord and others, experiencing God’s protection, and walking in purity. Witness the power of prayer as you glean through the pages of this book and talk with God on behalf of your child. Also available in Chinese. Click here to order.
Praying the Prayers of the Bible by Dr. James Banks. God offers an open invitation for His people to talk with Him, at any time and about anything. In Praying the Prayers of the Bible, James Banks provides a collection of prayers to help you engage in intimate conversations with the Lord. Taken straight from the Bible, these prayers will guide you in what to say as you worship and honor God and petition Him for you needs. Discover how to respond to God’s invitation and apply His Word to your life. Also available in Chinese. Click here to order.
Praying the Prayers of the Bible for Your Everyday Needs by Dr. James Banks. The Bible shares many stories of the prayers of God’s people that express their circumstances and their trust in the One who never fails. Praying the Prayers of the Bible for Your Everyday Needs is a compilation of Scriptural prayers you can use—prayers to petition God for everything you need to live a life that will bring Him glory. This gift volume of prayers shows you how to talk to God, renew your trust in Him, and experience peace in knowing that He will take care of you. Click here to order.
Praying the Prayers of the Bible for Kids by Dr. James Banks. God wants to have conversations with everyone—and that certainly includes kids! Praying the Prayers of the Bible for Kids helps you guide children in talking to God in more ways than just a simple bedtime prayer. Illustrated and designed for children ages 5-8, this engaging book presents simple prayers taken directly from kid-friendly translations of Scripture, focusing on praise, thanksgiving, faith, obedience, needs, and blessings. Written by bestselling author James Banks and Veggie Tales author Cindy Kenney. Click here to order.
Pray First by Dr. James Banks. We all know people who need a relationship with Jesus. But we may secretly doubt that it will ever happen. Through humble, believing prayer we discover true power to reach others—God’s power to mercifully and faithfully move in response to our heartfelt please for those we love. In Pray First! Dr. James Banks shares specific ways to pray as well as encouragement to continue to kneel before your Father on behalf of others. A Discovery Series booklet available in bulk from Our Daily Bread. Click here to order.
Praying with Jesus DVD and Study Guide by Dr. James Banks. The Bible says “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective,” so what does it mean when prayers go unanswered? The Bible also tells us to “pray without ceasing,” but what does that look like in today’s fast-paced world? In this direct and personal DVD series, James Banks tackles these questions, and many more, in 6 concise sessions. Biblical examples, from prayers of praise to “wrestling” prayers, reveal how prayer builds faith and brings people closer to the God of all creation. Paired with a thought-provoking study guide, Praying with Jesus is perfect for individuals, couples, families, and church groups. Click here to order.
Let’s Pray by Dr. James Banks. As much as we want to talk to God, sometimes it’s difficult to find words that express the emotions of our hearts. Author James Banks shares prayers from biblical characters to show us how we can use God’s own Word to talk to Him through every season of life. This Discovery Series is available in several languages from Our Daily Bread. Click here to order.
Nicole Unice, Teaching Elder serving Out of Bounds in our Presbytery, has written a number of books and study guides. Nicole is a pastor, author and speaker. For more information on Nicole's ministry, go to nicoleunice.com.
The Struggle Is Real: Getting Better at Life, Stronger in Faith, and Free from the Stuff Keeping You Stuck by Nicole Unice. Join popular Bible teacher and counselor Nicole Unice to discover why the struggle is real . . . and what to do about it. Nicole offers practical tools to help you navigate the daily ups and downs, and ways to rewrite your struggle into a new, God-centered life story. The Struggle Is Real is an invitation to take the hard, hurtful, and confusing moments and turn them into opportunities to grow in wisdom, strength, and joy. Click here to order.
The Struggle Is Real Participant's Guide: A Six-Week Study by Nicole Unice. The Struggle Is Real Participant’s Guide is a six-session workbook designed for use with The Struggle Is Real DVD Experience (sold separately), based on the new book by popular speaker and Bible teacher Nicole Unice. A great resource for church groups, Bible studies, and anyone who’s ever felt life just shouldn’t be this hard! Click here to order.
Brave Enough: Getting Over Our Fears, Flaws, and Failures to Live Bold and Free by Nicole Unice. Through personal stories and practical application, Nicole will lead you on a journey to harness all of your misspent doubts, concerns, and fears―and discover what God is saying about who you can be. Includes a printed leader’s guide and downloadable handouts for your small group! Click here to order.
Help! My Bible Is Alive!: 30 Days of Learning to Love and Understand God’s Word by Nicole Unice. In Help! My Bible is Alive!, pastor and Bible teacher Nicole Unice brings life back to reading the Bible by helping you personally encounter God through his Word. Click here to order.
She's Got Issues: Seriously Good News for Stressed-Out, Secretly Scared Control Freaks Like Us by Nicole Unice. In She’s Got Issues, Christian counselor, ministry leader, and regular mom Nicole Unice explores the ordinary issues that are keeping you from the full and free life you were meant to have. Applying years of counseling with practical scriptural teaching and a fresh and authentic voice, Nicole shows you how to let God freely shape your character—and transform your life from ordinary to abundant. Click here to order.
Start Here: Beginning a Relationship with Jesus by Dr. David Dwight, Senior Pastor, Hope Church, Richmond VA and Nicole Unice. Are you wondering what saying yes to following Jesus really means? Do you want to know more about Christianity but you’re not sure what, or how, to ask? Are you just beginning in a new faith in Jesus Christ? Then Start Here. Click here to order.
The Way, Children's book by Dr. David Dwight. This delightful picture book follows the story of a young sparrow who has found itself trapped in a farmer's greenhouse. A delightful parable, this story teaches children that sometimes we all need a guide to help us find out freedom. The brightly illustrated pages provide a striking picture sure to please both the young and the old. Click here to order.
Resources Commended by Presbytery Committees
Dear Fellow Elders,
For those that were at the September 2018 Presbytery at Lake Forest Church, you would have heard Brent Campbell, the African American Staff member for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship that shared his story. Below is a letter to all of us from Brent willing to make himself available to any of you that would love to continue to grow your congregation in missional advancement toward Racial Reconciliation.
Please reach out to him directly if he can assist you in anyway. Brent is also a Millennial that daily works with the “next generation” and filled with resources to assist as well in helping your churches grow in reaching the next generation. He’s been an invaluable resource to us at Lake Forest.
In the Journey with you,
Rev. Mitch White
Lake Forest Church
Download Brent Campbell's Letter here
Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic's own Michelle Munger is Peninsula Area Director for Faith Inclusion Network.
Faith Inclusion Network's goal is to connect people with disabilities and their families to faith communities that are welcoming and genuinely want to include everyone. We also want to help faith communities become more inclusive by connecting them with resources and providing networking opportunities at conferences and meetings throughout the year.
Michelle has created www.accessiblechurch.org for the PMA. Check out the easy "getting started" suggestions as well as her blog. Michelle will help you work through this conversation. Contact Michelle with any questions you may have.
Michelle Munger comes to the special needs community as the parent of two young men with autism. She and her husband Steven were married in 1996, weathered the active duty military lifestyle, and have settled in Virginia. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Development from American Military University and a Masters in Religious Education from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. She has served in a variety of military and civilian church staff positions including Ministry Assistant, Director of Religious Education (serving both catholic and protestant chapel congregations), Youth Director, and Preschool & Children’s Ministry Director.
Social Media Primer
Michelle Munger is also available ot help PMA churches develop or enhance their website and social media presence. Michelle manages several websites herself and uses social media to coneect people and help communicate the Good News! She has written a Social Media Primer to help churches. Michelle has generously offered to help PMA churches. Please contact Michelle with any questions you may have. Download the Social Media Primer here.
Resources Commended by the Ministerial Vocation Committee of EPC General Assembly
PIR Ministries partners with God and the church to provide a healing process to restore hope to at-risk and exited pastors. They encourage and support Christian pastors and their families in the vocational transitions of their lives. They provide spiritual and emotional support and network exited pastors with safe house churches. They also provide opportunities to resolve conflict for possible reentry into ministry and utilize an assessment tool for understanding God’s handiwork in creating an individual’s passions, skills and style. www.pirministries.org
Broom Tree Ministries—The mission of Broom Tree Ministries is to provide a gracious environment, secluded and private, protected with prayer, to which Christian leaders and their spouses can retreat from frantic schedules and become intimate with God so that He can refresh, refocus, restore, encourage, energize and equip them for the task to which He has called them. www.broomtreeministries.org
QuietWaters Ministries helps Christian leaders with personal and professional crises, and professional growth. Through one-on-one Intensive Programs licensed counselors help the Christian leader get back in touch with God, renew their sense of calling, restore their professional vision and priorities, and strengthen their personal relationships. www.qwaters.org
Starting Over is designed to help people grow through one of life’s most difficult experiences, that of dealing with the loss after divorce, separation or break up, and the emotional trauma that often accompanies that life circumstance. www.startingoverworkshops.com
Equip International, https://www.equipinternational.org
Partnering with missionaries to meet the needs of their community.
Reformed Theological Seminary's Charlotte Campus (RTS) provides a list of students available for pulpit supply. If you have a need for someone to preach in your church, consider the seminary students listed on the RTS website: https://rts.edu/campuses/charlotte/students/student-pulpit-supply-list/.