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You won’t regret coming home for a memorable day of prayer!
Bring your prayer team to Church of God General Headquarters to pray in Cleveland, TN.
Dr. Tim Hill invites Church of God pastors and members to “come home” through the Agree 17 Prayer Campaign. It’s simple. Pastors and members, especially prayer leaders and intercessors, are being invited to the International Offices of the Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee to pray.
The next Agree 17 “Come Home” prayer event will be Tuesday, May 2.
Doug Small, International Prayer Coordinator will be on hand to meet guests and he has a day of prayer planned. “We’ll meet in the rotunda that tells the story of our early years. Then, we’ll tour the campus. We’ll retrace our steps by completing prayer missions to various places on campus, for specific ministries in the three primary headquarters buildings.”
The benefit is that our people, many of whom have never been to our international offices will get the privilege of seeing the campus, learning about the denomination’s ministries, and having the opportunity to be partners in prayer. Dr. Tim Hill is challenging the church to bathe everything in prayer. “We want to plan well, but pray better!”
Those participating in the Agree 17 Come Home Campaign will be challenged to adopt a General Offices Prayer Partner. Small says, “The difference in all we do always comes back to the edge that prayer gives us! The great gift all of us can offer is the ‘gift of prayer’ to the effort of world evangelization.”
Also available is an optional field trip to Murphy to visit the historic steps of our heritage – Barney Creek, the Shearer Schoolhouse site, and the simple mountain home where the first general assembly took place.
The day-long experience will touch our early beginnings and our present-day global ministries. The primary purpose, Small says, is not merely education about our history or present ministries, but prayer mobilization. “We want our pastors and laity to adopt our international offices in prayer! We want prayer on-site, for the folks who work there daily, and those who labor around the world. We want continuous prayer, as watchers of the wall, for the ministries of the church around the world. Something happens when we pray on-site. God gives insight. Heart-bonds form. The Spirit speaks. And prayer sparks touch the world.”
Consider ‘coming home’ and bringing a van-load from your congregation to pray for the international church and its leaders.
Pray for the staff, for ministries, for global evangelism.
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Tour the facilities, drive by the Pentecostal Theological Seminary and through the campus of Lee University.
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Visit prayer tower at the North Cleveland Church of God.
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Travel to Barney Creek where it all began.
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Stand at the Shearer School site where the revival took place.
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Pray in the house that still stands, the site of the first ‘assembly.’
Schedule your day:
8:30 AM Gather for Prayer – Rotunda Campus Tour
9:45 AM Regroup for Prayer Missions to Various Parts of the Campus – Prayer Adoptions and Connections
11:30 AM Chapel Moment
1:00 PM Optional Afternoon
Drive through the Lee Campus/School of Theology/North Cleveland Prayer Tower
Field Trip: Barney Creek/Shearer Site/First Assembly meeting house
4:00 PM Departure for home when finished
Note: This schedule can be reversed with Optional Tour in the morning and other components in the afternoon.
News Release from the March 7 Event
A group of 32 people from five states spent the day in southeast Tennessee, remembering and praying over the ministries of the Church of God.
The “Agree 17 Prayer Campaign” was led by Church of God Prayer Coordinator Doug Small. The day-long event was sub-titled, “It all started with a prayer meeting,” referring to the August 19, 1886 gathering of a handful of believers at the Barney Creek Meeting House, about 100 miles from Cleveland, and regarded by church historians as the birthplace of the Church of God.
The primary purpose of the campaign was to demonstrate a deliberate emphasis upon prayer for the personnel who lead the Church of God International Offices on a daily basis. Headquarters for the Church of God have been located in Cleveland, Tennessee since 1906, while other ministries, which began in later years, also maintain offices in the Southeast Tennessee city. Those include Pathway Press, Lee University, Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and numerous other ministries with roots in the Church of God.
The delegation began their day with a guided tour on the International Offices campus, which includes the World Evangelization Center, Discipleship and Education Center, and Leadership and Communications. After gathering back at the World Evangelization Center, the prayer group received instructions on specific prayer emphases and disbursed back across campus. They met and prayed with personnel for over an hour in their workspaces.
At 11:00 a.m. the on-campus event concluded with special introductions and prayer for the City of Cleveland. Guest of honor for the ceremony was Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland, who has been in office since 1991 and is the city’s longest tenured mayor.
“The impact of the Church of God is definitely felt in this city,” Rowland stated at the ceremony. “You (Church of God) bring economic blessings, but the greatest contribution is the presence of the Holy Spirit anointing men and women who go from this place and follow our Lord’s Great Commission.”
“Through the years the Church of God has exhibited a powerful presence that gives comfort and inspiration to our citizenry,” Mayor Rowland continued. “Your faithfulness has not wavered in over a century and it is my prayer and pledge that our great partnership continue for centuries to come.”
The group gathering at the 11:00 am ceremony included International Offices employees and all five members of the Executive Committee. General Overseer Tim Hill greeted the audience and made a special presentation to the mayor. First Assistant General Overseer Raymond Culpepper introduced the mayor, while Third Assistant General Overseer David Ramirez prayed a prayer of dedication between the city of Cleveland and the Church of God.
Mayor Rowland concluded his remarks by saying, “To God be the glory, for we know who holds the future for both the City of Cleveland and the great Church of God.”
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Like never before, God is calling us to selfless, vigilant, 24-7 prayer. Our General Overseer, Dr. Tim Hill, is sounding the trumpet. This effort is an expectation of a mighty move of God, not only in our churches, but in our cities, indeed, in North America and beyond.
Join me in a movement of prayer in our denomination beyond anything we have seen in our recent memory through the Agree 17 Prayer Campaign:
- Pray for the denomination and its ministries
- Join the Saturday Night Fire Call to pray for the global church.
- Name a Congregational Prayer Coordinator for your church.
- Create a Prayerborne Chapter.
8-Day Prayer Campaign – Intercessors on the Wall
Each week, 100 Church of God Congregations are asked to pray for the church and its ministries around the world. They are, in a sense, ‘on the wall’ that week. Correspondence to churches across the country is scheduled to begin in March for this initiative to start in April.
On your assigned week, 8 days of prayer, on the wall, I am asking you and your church to devote a week to prayer – for the Church of God and its global ministries; for the FINISH challenge; for revival in your congregation and awakening in North America and beyond. Click here to view a list of churches scheduled over the next couple of months>
What you can do:
- Have a time of uncommon prayer during your Sunday morning service for global revival and the movement called the Church of God.
- Distribute this bulletin on Sunday morning or download a file to email. The files are also available for you to recreate in an alternative format. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Post information to your church website or social media.
- Consider opening the church for prayer during the week.
- Set-up a prayer chain or a prayer conference call. Let’s engage our people in praying for the harvest, near and far.
- Share the videos, the appeal from Dr. Hill for people to take their turn ‘on the intercessory wall,’ to not come down until the task is finished.
- Encourage your congregation to join the Saturday Night Fire Call; 9:00 PM EST; Call in number: 641-715-3580; Access Code: 466086.
- Review the many prayer opportunities available through Church of God Prayer Ministries on this website.
- Poster to announce your week on the wall (8.5×11 size or 11×17 size)
- Bulletin Artwork to promote your week on the wall
- Bulletin with a daily prayer guide to distribute the Sunday that begins your week on the wall
- Power Point to share during Sunday morning service
- Videos to share during Sunday morning service and throughout the week
- News Release to send to local media or extract verbiage for emails
- Images that can be added to your website or posted on social media
Watch this video from General Overseer Tim Hill:
A healthy church is missional. Good prayer begins with God, and it ends only with an appropriate focus on the lost of the world. Prayer is, at its heart, worship, and at its edge mission, and, in between, God meets our needs.
Church of God Prayer Leaders are encouraged to adopt Unreached People Groups (more information about each group can be found at joshuaproject.net), Prayer Leaders from other Nations and Career Missionaries (more information at cogwm.org) to pray for them on a regular basis. Below are lists of each of these sectors with the Prayer Leader that has adopted that sector. Complete the form below to sign-up to pray for an Unreached People Group, National Prayer Leader or Career Missionary. Currently only the continent of Africa is represented. Check back for other continents to be available soon.
Africa Nations – Prayer Leaders
Adopted Unreached People Groups
For 2017, each Church of God state/region is assigned a Saturday Night for focused prayer for their state/region during the Saturday Night Fire Call. Below is a list of these assignments. Click too learn more about the Saturday Night Fire Call>
Date State or Region
February 4 Alabama
February 11 Alaska/BC Region
February 11 Midlands
February 11 North Central Hispanic Region
February 18 Arizona
February 18 East Central Hispanic Region
February 25 Arkansas
March 4 California/Nevada
March 11 Florida – Cocoa
March 18 Eastern North Carolina
March 25 Delmarva
April 1 Florida-Tampa Region
April 8 Indiana
April 15 No Assignment – Easter
April 22 Louisiana
April 22 Hawaii
April 29 New Jersey
April 29 Heartland Region
May 6 Illinois
May 13 Indian Ministries
May 13 Northern New England Region
May 20 Great Lakes Region
May 27 Kentucky
June 3 Michigan
June 10 Minnesota
June 17 New England Hispanic Region
June 24 Mississippi
June 24 Missouri
July 1 New Mexico
July 8 Rocky Mountain Region
July 15 New York
July 22 North Central Region
July 29 Western Canada
July 29 North Eastern Hispanic Region
August 5 North Georgia
August 12 North Western Hispanic Region
August 19 Ohio
August 19 Ontario
August 26 Pacific Northwest Region
September 2 Pennsylvania
September 9 Quebec/Maritimes Region
September 16 South Carolina
September 23 South Central Hispanic Region
September 30 Southeastern Hispanic Region
October 7 South Georgia
October 14 South Western Hispanic Region
October 21 Southern New England Region
October 28 Tennessee
November 4 Texas
November 11 Virginia
November 18 West Virginia
November 25 No Assignment – Thanksgiving
December 2 Western North Carolina
Every Saturday Night at 9PM EST
Call in number: 641-715-35800
Access Code: 466086
General Overseer, Dr. Tim Hill is committed to prayer as a pillar of the Church of God denomination. As part of the FINISH challenge the Church of God declares to:
- Commit to 6 million hours of prayer for the FINISH Commitment globally.
- Recruit 1,000,000 prayer partners, providing prayer globally 24/7.
- Implement an intentional Finish Prayer/Fasting Initiative annually in each state/region/ area of the world.
- Focus each local church as a relevant prayer force.
- Establish prayer centers in each state/region/area of the world.
The Church of God Prayer Ministries Office will provide resources and avenues to fulfill these goals. One of which is the Saturday Night Fire Call. This weekly prayer call began two years ago after the 21 Day Virtual Prayer Meeting where hundreds connected nightly for the virtual prayer call. Saturday Night Fire focuses on prayer for the Great Awakening including unreached peoples, missionaries, church planters, cities, nations and more.
To join the Prayer Call – Saturday Nights, 9 PM EST, dial 641-715-3580, Access Code 466086. Learn more about Church of God Prayer Ministries at praycog.org.
As part of this initiative, each Church of God state/region has been assigned a Saturday for 2017. On your assigned Saturday, there will be a prayer focus for your state/region. Click to see these assignments>
Promote Saturday Night Fire:
Share with your church. Email your local pastors. Post to your social media.
Use these downloadable images:
General Overseer of the Church of God, Tim Hill has set forth his vision for the FINISH Commitment, a “Global Church Focus on the Great Commission.”
Prayer Ministries has adopted these commitments and goals based on the ‘I’ in FINISH which stands for INTERCEDE, making prayer and worship the highest privilege and greatest responsibility of every believer.
“Whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive” (Matthew 21:22 KJV).
We are committed to:
- Commit globally to 6,000,000 hours of prayer annually for the FINISH Commitment.
- Recruit globally 1,000,000 prayer partners, providing prayer 24/7.
- Implement an intentional FINISH Prayer/Fasting Initiative annually in each local church, state, region, and area of the world.
As part of the plan to fulfill these goals, the Prayer Ministries Office charges each church to pray 5 minutes once a month for a Global Harvest. Below are resources for your use including a bulletin insert and power point.
- Feb 2017 – FINISH Prayer Bulletin Insert
- Feb 2017 – FINISH Prayer Power Point
- Mar 2017 – FINISH Prayer Bulletin Insert
- Mar 2017 – FINISH Prayer Power Point
- Apr 2017 – FINISH Prayer Bulletin Insert
- Apr 2017 – FINISH Prayer Power Point
- May 2017 – FINISH Prayer Bulletin Insert
- May 2017 – FINISH Prayer Power Point
- June 2017 – FINISH Prayer Bulletin Insert
- June 2017 – FINISH Prayer Power Point
- July 2017 – FINISH Prayer Bulletin Insert
- July 2017 – FINISH Power Point
Join these prayer connection calls (Call-in number: 641-715-3580; Access Code: 466086):
- Saturday Night Fire Call – Each Saturday – 9:00 PM EST
- Pray for Unreached Peoples – First Wednesday of each month – 12:30 PM EST
At the Church of God General Assembly in Nashville, the prayer room was full of innovative ideas for enriching prayer. P. Douglas Small, and prayer ministries, produced a guide, “15 Prayer Options” in the prayer room.
Lining the walls were dozens of colorful prayer banners in different sizes with different themes, all available from Project Pray – abortion, children, crime, gangs, youth, family, evangelism, pastors, the government, missionaries, revival, unreached peoples, and the colorful Church of God prayer ministries logo banner, showing the Shearer Schoolhouse Revival, a painting of the late, Dr. David Bishop, with the words, “It all started with a prayer meeting!”
Each afternoon, dozens of children flowed into the prayer room and moved through the stations. They, along with hundreds of adults, pinned the names of loved ones yet to be saved, to the ‘wailing wall.’ They prayed on the carpet map of the world and placed prayer markers on a map of globe. They kicked their shoes off and prayer-walked the USA, on a carpet map of the nation. The laid hands of a globe, and prayed for revival to come to the whole earth.
Streaming all day long were videos of the nations. More than a hundred nations were showcased in beautifully done prayer videos, each some four-to-five minutes long. As prayer the nation of India appeared on screen, one of the overseers of that nation, at that moment, was in the prayer room. With delight, he lifted his head and proclaimed, “That’s my nation.” All day long, the prayers over the nations poured forth.
Another visual presentation featured unreached peoples around the world, showing the regions of the world in which they typically lived, representative faces, and statistics on the degree to which the gospel had penetrated their group. Some sat in the prayer room, calling out the names of these peoples.
Many sat. Others formed prayer circles. Some walked the prayer room. Some lay prostrate, weeping. Some lay across one of the carpet maps. One dear intercessor, danced on the maps of the nation and the world, praying. At times, during the day, voices were raised in prayer, in passionate, tearful prayer. At other times, the room grew quiet. Never, during the entire assembly, was it empty. Hundreds of intercessors, during the course of the week streamed through the prayer room. They picked up a handful of the many prayer requests that were sent to the room and walked the floor praying.
Each morning, the prayer room filled with voices of pastors and laity, nationals and internationals, praying for the world. Dr. Mark Williams led the first prayer service, humbling himself, and kneeling, asking for those present to pray for him. His wife, Sandra, joined him, as voices were lifted in passionate prayer. Each day, at Noon and Dinner, special prayer services were held for the nations.
Doug Small, international prayer coordinator says, “The prayer room is the best kept secret of the General Assembly.” Prior the assembly, six area-wide prayer meetings were conducted in Nashville Church of God congregations, praying for the General Assembly and the city of Nashville. IN the first few days, one-hundred ‘Prayer Ambassador’ bags were distributed with a “You’ve been prayed for” coffee mug filled with chocolate candy, a booklet introducing the Church of God, a God’s Promise book, a letter from Dr. Williams, and special evangelism materials. They went to the Mayor’s office, to convention center workers and hotel staff, with a smile and a “Thank you for letting us, the Church of God, come to your city!” And then each recipient was asked, “While we are in town, how can we pray for you?”
Small says, the prayer room is mobile – it can be set up in large fellowship hall, a gym, or some similar facility to allow a congregation to experience a variety of prayer experiences. For more information, call Church of God Prayer Ministries – 704-996-5091.
“Does Doug still speak at local churches?” – it is amazing that we often get that question! The answer is, “Yes! and often!” – almost every week. While we prefer for congregations to partner for our School of Prayer events, we continue to speak at churches across the nation. We feel the Lord is also calling us to train prayer leaders and mobilize a national intercessory force. We encourage you to partner with other churches and cities, convene and empower others, to catalyze a national effort of prayer and city-impact. Below is a list of all the different ways we can help you spark a Great Awakening! Download the brochure>
- Schools of Prayer. A variety of training focused on learning, experiencing and leading in the area of prayer. Or try the new PROJECT 52 DAYS PRAYER JOURNEY. The most popular School of Prayer we offer is called Enriching Your Personal Prayer Life – and the heart of that school is helping folks understand prayer and its components and build a healthy prayer life with communion with God at the center. Additional schools include: Praying through the Tabernacle; Heaven is a Courtroom; Intercession and Spiritual Gifts; and a ‘build-your-own’ school option. We also offer ‘experiencing’ schools – Prayer Missions (Reading a City), Prayer Leadership, and more.
- City-Prayer Power Conference. Plenary and workshop speakers across a wide variety of prayer topics. Ten area churches come together as sponsors, preferably across denominational lines. The attendance threshold for these conferences is 300. They are supported by the underwriting of the sponsoring congregations and a modest registration fee. Interdenominational speakers are available for the event.
- The Prayer Council Project. The Prayer Council Project is a long-term process aimed at coaching a city, pastors and lay leaders, intercessors and para-church leaders, through a “Decade of Destiny” process – aimed at engaging the city with the gospel in fresh ways, out of a movement of compassion and care, and that, on the back of a pervasive prayer movement.
- Prayer Summits. This relational prayer and worship experience is a time of seeking the face of God with a focus on personal transformation and renewal. Here, prayer is learned by experience, laced with spontaneous content moments.
- Simultaneous Revival. In cities where at least five congregations will commit to a simultaneous revival effort, we offer a team of revivalists who focus on repentance, holiness, revival and renewal in the church and awakening in the culture. A simultaneous revival effort, to be effective, should reach across denominational divides and unite a city. The emphasis of this team is on exalting Christ and touching a city. With five or more revivals going on in the city along with unifying training and prayer events, with preaching calibrated toward transformation – the potential exists for city impact. Special morning and afternoon sessions are available as well. Call for more information (855-842-5483).
- Continuing Education for Prayer Leaders. We have learned that the most impactful method of assisting congregations in their journey to bring prayer to the heart of all they do – is less not more. We have designed a prayer training process, complete with videos and discussion guides that brings pastors and prayer leaders of different congregations together quarterly – for teaching, fresh tools, and a boots-on-the-ground talk-it-over take-it-home moment focused on execution. This is teaching, with fresh tools, and implementation ideas, but in bite-sizes. The program unites congregations. It keeps prayer teams encouraged. It calls for measured change, inspiration and motivation without being overwhelming. Learn more about the Prayer Trainer’s Network>
- Prayer Impact Weekend. Doug shares with pastors or prayer leaders on Friday night, conduct prayer training (a School of Prayer) on Sunday. Speak at one of the sponsoring congregations on Sunday, and do a community prayer service that Sunday evening. You can build your own experience.
- Family Life Enrichment. Doug often speaks at couple’s events, men’s retreats and family conferences. The Couple’s Clinic is the family life seminar Doug has presented to thousands of couples. In that experience, couples learn about the stages of marriage – the tough times. They discover their learned conflict style and basic reflective listening skills that focus on conciliation. They look at the Jesus-style of forgiveness.