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Cultivate Prayer Walk

Posted October 22 Communications Team

Join us for a Prayer Walk as we seek God's hand for Cultivate, relocation to the Clovis Campus, and the people in the surrounding neighborhood who will be impacted by the gospel and our presence there.

  • Sunday, October 27 after every gathering (9:00am-9:00pm)
  • Monday, October 28 - Saturday, November 2 (8:00am-8:00pm)
  • Clovis Campus (NE Corner of Minnewawa and Nees)

STATION 1 - COMMUNITY IMPACT

In 2002, a group of 40 people huddled in a living room and asked ourselves: what kind of church would we want to be a part of? And we answered on a whiteboard with words that read: Authentic. Theologically old-fashioned (but still cool). Small groups. Ministry in teams. Healthy families. Missional. High in innovation. Sound biblical truth. Spirit-led. Inclusive in community. Strong in leadership. Our mission statement was simple: helping people connect to God and to each other in every neighborhood. Sixteen years later those values still hold true as a multisite, multicultural, multigenerational movement that reaches 3,000 adults, 400 students, and 750 kids in weekly attendance at 10 gatherings on 2 campuses that partner with 12 ministries here in the Valley and across the globe.

PRAYER

Father, we give you thanks for the work you have accomplished in and through The Well. Never could we have imagined that you would take a group of young people and grow this church to what it is now. We thank you for the good news of the gospel that we have been able to proclaim in word and deed. We thank you for the Scriptures that have guided us. We thank you for the people we have been able to shepherd and disciple. We know we only plant and water, but it is you who gives growth, so we praise you for all we have experienced over the years.

I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. - Psalm 77:11-14, ESV

STATION 2 - NEIGHBORHOOD

The surrounding neighborhood around the Clovis Campus has approximately 200,000 individuals. That includes over 26,000 kids and students (kindergarten through 12th grade) within a 3-mile radius. That also includes over 30,000 college students at California State University Fresno and Clovis Community College. What a gospel witness we will have with the relocation! The property will be used to host gatherings, worship nights, marriage enrichment classes, equipping resources, and recovery programs, all of which can be used to help people have a more intimate, abiding relationship with Jesus Christ. This will become a regional ministry hub for even more powerful gospel outreach in our neighborhood and beyond.

PRAYER

Father, you have asked us to be your image bearers in this world. As your people, we want to be a reflection of your love, grace and goodness. Like a city on a hill, we want our light to shine brightly in this area for all to see. We pray that as we relocate you will take the work of our hands and let people see Jesus in us. May this neighborhood and this city know The Well is about the business of loving God and loving them. We pray that many would come to know Christ because of our presence in this neighborhood.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” - Acts 1:8, ESV

STATION 3 - NEXT GENERATION

Kids are growing up in broken homes and dealing with depression, doubt and discouragement. In a post-Christian culture, our young people need hope in the gospel, authentic community, and healing from sin and suffering related to addiction, abuse, pornography and shame. Our Well Kids and Student Ministries will have the opportunity to reach thousands of young people for Christ through the relocation. By providing a high-energy, biblically focused experience in a space large enough for them and their friends, while also being able to connect them into smaller pockets of community in Life Groups, this campus will allow us to draw students in our city and expose them to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

PRAYER

Father, you have always had a heart for the next generation. You’ve used young people like David, Josiah, Daniel, and the disciples to change the world. We don’t want to look down on the youth but challenge them to set an example in speech, conduct, love and faith. May you use this space as a means to proclaim the good news of the gospel, teach your Word, and disciple these kids and students to be more like Jesus. What a privilege we have to steward the next generation. May we be faithful with what we have been given.

O God, You have taught me from my youth,
and I still declare Your wondrous deeds.
And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to all who are to come.
- Psalm 71:17-18, NASB

STATION 4 - WORSHIP

The author of Hebrews gives an admonition not to neglect meeting together but to gather with the intent of teaching, worshiping, and fellowship. When we assemble as the people of God, it is not to fulfill a religious duty but rather to be equipped to live for Christ where we live, work and play. Every week we gather to read the Word, pray the Word, sing the Word, see the Word, and live the Word. Gatherings allow us to bring our friends, neighbors and co-workers, introduce them to Christ, and take our next steps in the life of the church. Relocation would allow us to double our capacity, with the potential to reach 6,000 in attendance each week. The sanctuary that will be built here is a means to a greater end: the exaltation of Jesus and the proclamation of His gospel.

PRAYER

Father, we know we will gather together before your throne in heaven. Every nation, tribe, people and language will be represented as we worship our King. Until that day, you call us to gather together to be reminded of your authority, power and love. We are thankful for a building where we can meet each week and enjoy each other’s fellowship while we worship and hear from your Word. Help us continue to gather together as the church the people of God and focus our affections on Jesus, our Savior and Lord.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. - Hebrews 10:23-25, NASB

STATION 5 - COMMUNITY LIFE

God has always been connecting people together for their good and His glory. He uses groups of people to grow us and accomplish His purposes on earth. We’re better together than we are apart! That’s why The Well has always placed a strong emphasis on life in community, where people can experience discipleship and mission together. It’s learning to walk with others through struggle and sin, bearing one another’s burdens with care and compassion, helping one another understand the truth of God’s Word and walking in obedience to it, and stirring one another to love and good deeds so the gospel is put on display. Community Life provides us the opportunity to live out the “one anothers” of Scripture.

PRAYER

Father, thank you for the gift of connection. We thank you for providing people in our life who will be a part of seeing us grow in maturity and faith. We want to pursue right relationships with others so we can be a body of believers that sees transformation in our city. United by your Spirit, grounded in your Word, help us to sharpen one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. Jesus said the world will know we are Christians by our love for each other, so let that be on display in all of our groups.

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy. - Colossians 1:9-11, ESV

STATION 6 - CULTIVATE

We cannot accomplish this monumental task of relocation without the good hand of God. We have always said the Lord resources what He calls. Therefore, we want to trust Him for the provisions needed for this project. For almost two decades God has given The Well exactly what it has needed to accomplish its mission. Today is no different. We are trusting the Lord would go beyond what we could ever ask for or imagine (Ephesians 3:20), and know that He is faithful. We have stepped out in faith in this relocation, and we need God to show up in a big way. We come to the Lord with confidence and ask Him to do what only He is capable of, and that is to stir the hearts of men and women to give generously to this undertaking.

PRAYER

Father, there is no God like you, in heaven or on earth. You are the one true God, and you alone are worthy of our praise and adoration. You own the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10). This whole world is yours; nothing is beyond your control or care. You give us exactly what we need when we need it. We have never been in want or need as a church, and we thank you for your generosity. We pray you will see fit to open up the floodgates and bless our church with the funds necessary to further accomplish the purpose you have given us. We commit to being good stewards of the resources you have given us and to use them all for your glory.

Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God. - 2 Corinthians 9:10-11, NASB