As someone that has actually witnessed a church try and discourage people from having bible study groups at home, sometimes I wonder if all churches feel the same, but don't talk out loud about it. A lot of pastors don't want their sheep being taught by folks unless it's within the church walls, I know you stated prayer sessions, but my guess is they get the same support. I have seen church members go to church staff and ask about activities outside the church, that don't totally involve the church, they look down their noses at you.
by MrBillPro sometimes I wonder if all churches feel the same, but don't talk out loud about it. A lot of pastors don't want their sheep being taught by folks unless it's within the church walls,
Unless it is the pastors idea, they often see independent actions of others as competition. The one time I was part of a church with the classic corporate structure of a pastor in charge of everything he had initiated home groups in his church as a response to home fellowships starting up in the area. But, there was no freedom for the Holy Spirit in the home groups as each group when they met had to go over the pastor's sermon last Sunday. So, it is about control and not letting the people discover that they don't have to look to a man for everything.
Dear No Where Else To Go,I think that so many here have experienced what you are going through. Always remember that wherever two or three are gathered in His Name,He is in our midst. In my forty years of being a born-again believer I've only found a few interested in corporate prayer, but don't let that keep you from praying alone or with just one or two. The danger is in just giving up. That's what you feel like sometimes. But keep doing what Holy Spirit is calling you to do.Sometimes you are standing in the gap and it's lonely! Be encouraged, the Lord is with you! You are encouraging me to keep on praying :-)"Be patient unto the coming of the Lord. Behold the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh". (James 5:7-8)Sis L