New Location Office for Prayer Ministries

Church of God Prayer Ministries will hold an open house on Tuesday, September 5. The ministry serves the church around the world by training and mobilizing prayer, by the production of resources and recently, by the certification of trainers who are empowered to present Schools of Prayer and district level training, not only in the Church of God, but across denominational lines.

Recently, Dr. Ken Bell, Administrative Bishop of Western North Carolina invited Church of God Prayer Ministries to occupy office space that formerly housed the Charlotte Lee University extension. Dr. Bell noted that he hoped for a higher level of partnership with prayer ministries in the state of North Carolina. The new offices provide space for video and audio production, book and study guides, for training and a discipleship process focused on prayer.

Douglas Small, Prayer Coordinator, noted, “We are so blessed with this partnership, this open door and ample office space we have not had previously – we believe it is sign of good things to come.” One of the missions of prayer ministries is the identification of a prayer leader in every nation in which the Church of God operates and a regional prayer trainer-mobilizer for every dozen nations. “I want to get this global training team in the same room,” Small says. “I want them to stand in the middle of Barney Creek and in the rotunda at General Headquarters. I want to load them down with materials and make them the prayer-evangelism trainers of nations.”

Small noted, “The new facility is not about a new office space – it is about mission.”

The Prayer Ministries open house and dedication will take place on Tuesday, September 5, at 6:30 pm. The address is 8600 William Flicklen Drive, Charlotte, NC 28269. RSVP to laura@projectpray.org or call the prayer ministries office – 704-938-9111.

Vital Worship Grants Awarded

April 25, 2017

Vital Worship Grants awarded for 2017 by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Robert Moore, Ministry to the Military Director, announced today that outreaches near three military bases were the recipients of a grant from The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW). The grant is a part of 33 worship renewal projects for 2017-2018. Church of God Prayer Ministries was also named in the grant, and will partner with the Ministry to the Military in providing prayer and worship resources.

Kathy Smith, director of the Vital Worship Grants Program, noted, “These collaborative projects bring people together to study, plan and create, foster new learning and nourish intergenerational community in worship” through visual arts, storytelling, music, preaching, prayer and contemplation. Their common purpose is a desire to deepen an understanding of worship and strengthen faith formation.

This year’s recipients include 20 congregations, one high school, four colleges and universities, three seminaries, a retirement community, a hospital ministry, a denominational worship committee, a regional synod and Church of God Ministry to the Military. The recipients are from 18 denominations, 19 states and two Canadian provinces.

In June, the project directors and representatives of all 33 grants will gather on Calvin’s campus to dialogue not only with CICW staff, but also with the recipients of 2016 grants, who will come to campus to share the results of their yearlong projects at a poster session that is open to the public. The director for the Church of God Ministry to Military grant is Jennie Humann, also the Church of God Prayer Coordinator.

Robert Moore noted, “We see this as an opportunity to engage our Ministry to Military pastors and families in a significant yearlong, weekly, monthly and quarterly mentoring experience that will reach into the homes of families so often separated by the call to service, and under relentless stress. We want to see Christ pressed into the seams of their daily life.”

On a few occasions, the participating military outreaches will engage with one another to share and strengthen each other. Study materials for special quarterly engagements will produced by Project Pray, and the bases will also make use of the newly released book, study guide and video series, The Great Exchange – Why Your Prayer Requests May Not Be Getting Answers.

Over 700 grants have been awarded in the history of the program. The sponsor of the program is the Lilly Endowment.

Prayer Campaign Graphics

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Prayer at General Headquarters

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 is November 7-8. RSVP on the form below.

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:

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Tentative Schedule

Tuesday
3:00 PM    Field trip to Shearer Site,
First Assembly meeting house
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Wednesday
8:30 AM    Prayer Service
9:30 AM    Gather for Prayer – Rotunda
Campus Tour
10:00 AM    Regroup for Prayer Missions
to Various Parts of the Campus
Prayer Adoptions and Connections
11:15 AM    Chapel Service

 

News Release from the March 7 Event

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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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Agree 17 Prayer Campaign

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:

Learn how you can visit and pray at General Headquarters>

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 to download a list of assigned churches.

What you can do:

  1. Have a time of uncommon prayer during your Sunday morning service for global revival and the movement called the Church of God.
  2. 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 laura@projectpray.org.
  3. Post information to your church website or social media.
  4. Consider opening the church for prayer during the week.
  5. Set-up a prayer chain or a prayer conference call. Let’s engage our people in praying for the harvest, near and far.
  6. 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.
  7. Encourage your congregation to join the Saturday Night Fire Call; 9:00 PM EST; Call in number: 641-715-3580; Access Code: 466086.
  8. Review the many prayer opportunities available through Church of God Prayer Ministries on this website.

Resources:

  • 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

Order printed resources>

Watch this video from General Overseer Tim Hill:

Special Initiatives, Spotlight Articles

Pray with a Missional Focus

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.

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Saturday Night Fire Assignments

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

Saturday Night Fire

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>

Listen to recordings of past calls>

Promote Saturday Night Fire:

Share with your church. Email your local pastors. Post to your social media.

Download this flyer>

Download this bulletin insert>

Use these downloadable images:

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FINISH Challenge

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.

 

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