For Church Leaders
Lead Your Church
Guide them through an 8-Week Journey
Lead your church into greater intimacy with God by going through the 40 Day Worship Experience together as a congregation.
Hear from a fellow church leader:
Your Church Goals
Learn how to engage with other believers in their daily walk with God, sharing your experiences, and building each other up with biblical truth.
Lead your group members to support one another, showing them how to surrender their will to God’s will, and receive His unfailing love every morning.
Transform your faith as you spend intimate time with God and share your experiences together, supporting and strengthening each other along the way.
The Church Leader’s Journey
Complete Your 40-Day Worship Experience
First, start your own 40-Day Worship Experience and complete the Journey, both to understand what it’s all about and to come to a fresh place of hunger and thirst for God. This will prepare you to lead your church on its own journey.
Share the Vision
Share your vision and personal 40-Day Worship Experience with your leadership team and staff. You may even want to buy the book for your staff so they can fully understand the Journey and help guide your church members.
Begin with a Preaching Series
Consider working this concept into a preaching series so you can ready their hearts for this challenge. If possible, you may wish to see about inviting our founder, Mark Jones, to introduce this series and share his excitiement and vision.
Share with Your Church
Send a letter or email to your church congregation to share your vision for a season of fresh spiritual life in your church, share your sign-up form, and direct them to the Personal Journey page on this website.
Have Your Church Sign-Up
Direct them to start their own Personal Journey and create a way for your members to sign-up with an email as a way to make a commitment to the challenge, and to follow up with those who’ve committed.
Consider starting a Facebook group for your church’s 40 Day Worship Experience where your church members can encourage one another, share their journey, and spur one another on.
Join the Facebook Group where others are meeting with God in the morning.
Church Transformation Stories
“A few years ago, I felt God speak to me about the importance of building prayer within our church. I had recently become the Lead Pastor and knew that without prayer we would never fully realize all that God wanted to do in our church. There are many obstacles and challenges to walking out a life of faith and we need God’s presence, so I wanted to see our church take the next step in actively practicing prayer. I believe that if we can build prayer to a greater level, we will see God move in a greater way.
I wasn’t sure how to equip our church to do this but was so grateful to connect with Pastor Mark Jones. He shared his heart for prayer and the 40-Day Worship Experience, and we took the challenge as a church. This was a beautiful season of seeing people step into a deeper relationship with God. For me, personally, this was a catalyst for a deeper relationship with Christ.
Spending time with the Lord isn’t a chore or obligation, but a beautiful privilege of being with our Heavenly Father. It is in that place where we release our worry, fear, and anxiety, and learn to trust him more. His love changes us.
The 40-Day Worship Experience is something that God used to launch our church into a new and greater season of prayer. We have seen prayer continue to grow in our church and I know that it has made a difference! If you are ready for God to breathe into your life and church, I’d encourage you to take the 40-Day Worship Experience!”
Justin Lueck, City Life Church
“Having faced some significant shifts and changes in our lives, I found myself completely out of sync in life – spiritually, emotionally, financially, and physically. Pastor Mark Jones had shared with me about his journey…but didn’t suggest I try the 40-Day Worship Experience. He later said he felt the Lord prompt him to say nothing.
One morning while I was struggling to get out of bed, the Lord said to me, ‘Derrill, I’m putting you on the 40-Day Worship Experience.’ Out of obedience to His voice, I woke up the next morning and stumbled to the living room. As I sat down on the couch, the Lord promptly said, ‘Kneel at the chair.’ What a strange directive! As I did, I felt the Lord tell me that these 40 days were about total surrender – even in the small things.
Each day thereafter was filled with simple directives from the Lord. As a strong personality, I needed that kind of experience, where the Lord would guide and direct me in every small thing. It was the beginning of a whole new chapter of my journey through Surrender Land with Him. I’m so grateful for Pastor Mark and his heart for people to discover an intimate walk with God. It’s marked my life, for sure!”
Pastor Derrill Corbin, Mannahouse Church
Frequently Asked Questions
If you want a little more direction as you begin this journey, here are a few common questions people ask. We hope these are a beneficial resource to you. If you still have a question, reach out! We respond quickest to direct messages on Facebook and Instagram.
What is the 40 Day Worship Experience made up of?
The 40 Day Worship Experience devotional primers are short videos to encourage you in your time alone with the Lord. Watch one each day. They will support you on the 40DWE. God is doing something new in your life each morning. You are opening up your heart to His. Your time alone with God is the most important part of your day! Let the videos encourage your heart to press on and keep meeting with the Lord. You will see changes happening in your heart as you sit with Him!
Do I need to do the experience alone?
No, you do not have to walk through this alone. In fact, we love seeing people connect with others through this process. We call this "linking shields."
The concept of linking shields goes back to the time when the Roman soldiers would link their shields to protect themselves as they advanced towards the enemy. When we join forces with those around us, we become stronger than we would on our own.
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed” (Ecclesiastes 4:9 NLT).
Join the Facebook group and be encouraged by others who are meeting with God every morning. Also, ask a friend or two to go on the 40 Day Worship Experience with you. Have them text you, “Good morning,” when they are meeting with God. Text them back, “Good morning,” when you are meeting with God. It’s that simple!
Is there some sort of introduction to the 40 Day Worship Experience?
Yes, we have created an intro page to explain our approach to this experience. You don't have to read through it to get started on Day 1, but it is available on our resources page if you're interested.
This will give an overview of the 40 Day Worship Experience (40 DWE). Read this before you start to catch the vision for meeting each morning with God for the next 40 days. Give God the first 15 minutes of your day, surrender your will to His, and open up your heart to his love. The page will give you practical suggestions for starting the 40 DWE. This will be the beginning of experiencing God’s love in a new way.
What do I do for the 40 days?
Each day, you will receive an email with thoughtful content and Scripture to prompt your time with God. We also include a link to the Surrender Prayer to start your quiet time off and a link to the Facebook Group in case you want to connect further with community.
You can preview what those prompt emails include here: Prompt Preview
Praying is intimidating to me. Where do I start?
Surrendering our will over to God’s will is such a critical and essential part of our relationship with God. It allows God’s love to flow into our hearts. But, that doesn't mean it isn't daunting to many of us. That is why we wrote a guiding Surrender Prayer.
This Surrender Prayer (linked below) has been used by many to guide their daily surrender to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It focuses on giving God the full control of our lives and defeats the insurgence of the flesh—our old nature—into our thoughts and feelings. There is a longer and a shorter version. Both will help guide your first thoughts toward God, allowing you to receive his love afresh. This is the best way to begin the day.
Do I need the book to complete the experience?
The Be with Jesus 365 book is meant to supplement your walk with God and flows nicely with the 40 Day Worship Experience, but you can definitely work through it in your own journal if desired.
Discover a relationship with your Creator that is dynamic, genuine and fresh. The book is about approaching God with simplicity and candor. It is about going beyond religion, ritual, and packaged prayers. You will learn to draw near to God through prayer in an atmosphere of worship—and as you do, you will enjoy your spiritual journey like never before.
This book will be used with the class, “Experiencing God’s Love.” A 40 Day Journal and Study Guide Questions for each chapter are included.
Find out more about the book and how to order it here: Be with Jesus 365 Book >>
What about the class? How does that fit in?
The class will help you grow closer to God and know Him in a more intimate way. It covers 7 simple steps to intimacy with God. You will see how spending time alone with God every day will transform your life.
The class complements the book quite well, so it is easiest to go through those together. However, you can work through them simultaneously or in any sequence you decide.
There are 9 classes. Listen to one class each week and implement the content on a daily basis. Enjoy the journey of drawing near to God. Our goal is to meet with God for the first 15 minutes of the day, for 40 straight days. Don’t get discouraged if you miss a day! Just start up again the next day. Remember, God waits all night for you to get up, and He wants be with you!
I think I'm ready for the 40 Day Worship Experience. Now what?
40 Day Worship Experience
Start each day in God’s presence surrendering your will to His.
Read the Book
To know God intimately and walk with Him completely by starting your day in worship and surrender.
Experience God's Love
This course will teach you how to enjoy your time alone with God as you respond to His love.