Church Leadership Podcast
Church Leadership Podcast
Episode 48 - Marc Hodges on Developing a Disciple-Making Culture & the Importance of Prayer

On this week’s episode of The Church Leadership Podcast, Mark and Andy are joined by their good friend, Marc Hodges. Marc serves as the Pastor of First Baptist Church of Thorsby, in central Alabama. Marc is passionate about making disciples and helping others see the need for prayer. You’ll be challenged and encouraged through this conversation!

Find out more about First Baptist Church of Thorsby here.

Would you and your church like to join the Unceasing Prayer Movement in Alabama? You can find out how at

Here are a few of the resources mentioned in this episode:

Write It Down by Robert Mullins
City of Prayer by Kie Bowman and Trey Kent

The Anatomy of a Revived Church by Thom Rainer

Want to learn more about the H.E.A.R. journaling method mentioned? Learn more here.

Would you like to know more about the pastor’s huddle mentioned in this episode? Find out more here.

If you are looking for a couple of helpful resources to assist you in your prayer life, then check out and!

You can contact Marc Hodges at

In our conversation, we mentioned four people who had previously been on The Church Leadership Podcast. Here are the links to those episodes:



“It’s a crockpot recipe. It’s not microwavable. You can’t do this overnight. You have to keep plugging along.”

“Can everyone of us add one minute of prayer? We had about sixty people put on their connection card at the end of the service, hey, we are going to add one more minute. And what was extra cool is that when we got the connection cards, we saw one, a five year old child sitting by his parent, write the words: ‘extra prayer.’”

“And it was like, OK, Lord. We’ve got this great process. We got a pathway. We’ve figured out a lot of this stuff, but why is this really not taking hold? What’s the problem?… And it’s as if (I didn’t hear it audibly, but I could hear it in my spirit) the Lord said, ‘You’ve got everything, but Me.’”

“It was in that context that David Jones, one of our friends, challenged us to double our prayer life.”

“I began to really sense a desire to be part of an unceasing prayer movement.”

“We say at our church, ‘Nothing of eternal significance happens without fervent prayer.’”

“D.L. Moody once said that, ‘Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.’”

“I can’t pray in an unceasing way alone, but I can gather with other believers, with my church, and with other churches. And through that, we can pray in an unceasing way.”