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Call to Pray

Call to Pray

Prayer is about realizing how desperate we need God.  Prayer is not made so that God can find out what we need, because Jesus tells us, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8).  God wants us to pray because prayer expresses our trust in God and is a way that our trust in Him can increase.  As children look to their fathers to provide for them, so God expects us to look to Him in prayer.  When we read through Nehemiah, we see an example of a man who used prayer as a first resort because he saw how desperately he needed God’s wisdom and direction with the task that was set before him.  Oswald Chambers described prayer by saying: “We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.”  I know what Oswald says is true for most of us.  I know that it is a struggle for me to keep in mind that I daily need God’s wisdom and how I need to depend on Him. I believe God has been using this time at Pineland as a way to show us how desperately we need Him, need to trust Him, and grow in our understanding of His sovereign will. Prayer is part of helping us see these realities.  As elders, we have seen our need for this and how we haven’t made prayer the priority it should be in our corporate life.  If prayer is about realizing how desperately we need God, we should be on our knees more regularly.  So, moving forward, we would like to have a call for Pineland to unity in prayer as we search for a new Lead Pastor.

As Pineland searches for a new Lead Pastor, who will join our eldership and help in the task of leading and guiding Pineland, we need to come together more as a family to pray.  We have set up three times that we would like to encourage each of us to come and pray for this specific purpose:  First is on Sunday morning before the service from 9 to 9:45.  Second, Wednesday evening Reflection Group will be divided in half to spend time starting at 7 pm in prayer and then spend the other half reflecting on the passage from Sunday’s message.  Third, we will have a time on Wednesdays from 10 am to 11 am.  Will you join with us?  Even if you can’t make one of these set times, will you set time out of your day to pray with us?  Maybe join with us in prayer right where you are at during one of these times.  Maybe even bring a group together to pray at a different time.  Will you, together with us, recognize how desperately we need God?

There are no experts when it comes to praying. None of us have arrived. We all have many ways to grow. Join us for this call to prayer as we seek to deepen our relationship with our wise, loving, and powerful Lord!  If you don’t know where to start, consider the guide below as a way to focus your attention.  You can also download it as a PDF.


Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. – Colossians 2:6,7


Praise God for His holiness, truth, omniscience (all-knowing-ness), perfection, and faithfulness.

Praise God for His rock solid faithfulness to Pineland, despite our wavering, inconsistent faithfulness to Him.

Thank God for meeting your needs and the needs of Pineland Baptist church

Thank God for other Jesus-worshipping, Gospel-preaching, people-loving churches in Burlington.



  • Pray that we will have patience with the process of finding a new Lead Pastor
  • Pray that God would prepare our hearts for the shepherd God has for us
  • Pray that we would continue to be unified as we are transitioning
  • Pray that we would have a growing heart for making, maturing, and multiplying disciples.  Pray that we would boldly proclaim the gospel.
  • Pray that we would surrender our personal preferences and wills to God.  For acceptance of the new Lead Pastor (even if the man chosen is not their preferred choice)
  • That we will be strengthened and filled with all the fullness of God.
  • Pray for the building addition, that all hurdles will be cleared so that construction can begin and that hearts will be touched and led to continue making financial contributions.
  • Pray that members would be prepared for persecution, remembering to love, not curse, their persecutors.
  • Pray that we as a church would humble ourselves before the Lord, to repent of our sins and to ask that His will to become evident to us.  That we would gladly submit to His will.
  • That members would be good and do good in their workplaces this week.
  • That we would have unity amid diversity—loving those with whom we have nothing in common but the gospel.
  • That hopes for political change would be outstretched by the hope of heaven.


  • Pray that the pastors and elders would have strength and wisdom as we continue to shepherd God’s flock
  • Pray for insight and wisdom to pursue God’s agenda and priorities.
  • Pray for protection from Satan’s plan of discouragement and doubt.
  • Pray that we may see and experience a fruitful season of ministry.
  • That the church’s primary teachers grow in dedication to God’s Word even when no one’s watching.
  • That faithful elders would use Scripture to train members to do the work of ministry.
  • That elders would remain above reproach, kept from temptation, complacency, idols, and worldliness.

Search Committee

  • Pray that for the removal of our individual wills in subservience to His.
  • For patience, perseverance, and that we would not grow weary.
  • Pray for unity within the committee, and that we would remain close to the Lord with pure hearts as we continue with the process.
  • Pray that we would have discernment on characteristics of the successful candidate  and for the church to affirm these qualities at the right time.
  • Pray that God would prepare the man of His choice for PBC and that he would shepherd the church in truth and love and that we would submit to his leadership.
  • Pray that this process of finding a Lead Pastor is primarily a spiritual one. Sense this is a spiritual process, there is spiritual warfare present, we need God’s protection.

Pray for other churches in Burlington, Ontario, and Canada. Pray for God’s blessing on them as they worship Christ, teach the Bible, make disciples, and serve their community.

Pray for Pineland’s elders and pastors, ministry leaders, and staff to be Christ-like, biblical, wise, caring, and effective.

Elders and Pastors

  • Mike Brown
  • Dave Knill
  • Gerry Willard
  • Keith Tsoi
  • Kevin Katzmann
  • Tom Ryan
  • Nathan Klahsen
  • Don Clark
  • Wally Mills

Ministry Leaders

  • Sharon Costley
  • Paul Baayen
  • Harold Lane
  • John Carter
  • Joan Visheau
  • Carol Dumouchel
  • Amanda Stoner
  • Matt Franklin
  • Kimberlee Franklin
  • Vanessa Lokos
  • Nancy Hewson
  • Mike Stoner
  • Marlene Knill
  • Dorris Willard

Ministry Team

  • Awana Kids’ Club
  • Ministry of Support
  • Global Missions Team
  • Local Mission Team
  • Care to Share
  • Prayer Chain
  • Library
  • Women’s Ministry
  • Men’s Ministry
  • Student Ministry
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Junior Church
  • Nursery

Search Committee

  • Gerry Willard
  • Dave Knill
  • Mike Brown
  • Kevin Katzmann
  • Carol Hewson
  • Matthew Franklin

You can also see more information about the search committee here.




I joined the staff at Pineland in 2007 as the Youth Pastor and then as an Associate Pastor in 2013. I am responsible for the church ministry teams that oversee children, youth, students, and families. I also oversee the ministry for local outreach, development of media resources, and participate in the preaching ministry under the Lead Pastor. Email me at

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