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Agree 18 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 18 Prayer Campaign:

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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 will be mailed and emailed from the Church of God Prayer Ministries Office.

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 commitment; for revival in your congregation and awakening in North America and beyond. Download a list of churches assigned>

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

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Watch this video from General Overseer Tim Hill:

Commitment to Prayer

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Prayer throughout the Year

Listed below are great resources to assist you in planning prayer events and activities throughout the year. In addition, there are many ongoing prayer initiatives by various organizations that you or your church can support. Click to learn more>

MONTHLY PRAYER CALLS

Transform USA – First Thursday, 11am-1pm EST, 641-715-3655, Access Code 530603

National Day of Prayer Task Force – First Thursday, 8pm-9:30pm EST, 712-432-0075, Access Code 4961322

Fellowship of Prayer Strategists – Second Thursday, 7am-8am CST, ethneprayer@gmail.com

America’s National Prayer Committee – First Friday, 10:30am EST, 712-432-0232, Access Code 672

Liberty Prayer Network – East Coast 4th Watch – Sundays, 3am-6am EST, 641-715-3570, Access Code 448141

Prayer Surge NOW – Saturdays, 7:30am-11am EST, 712-432-0075, Access Code 6149782, www.prayersurgenow.net

Saturday Night Fire – Saturdays, 9pm EST, 641-715-3580, Access Code 466086

JANUARY

Great Day of Prayer – Promoted by the Church of God – First Sunday of each Quarter

Fasting for His Favor! – Promoted by the Church of God – January 10-31

 FEBRUARY

Collegiate Day of Prayer – Multi-denominational movment promoted by the National Prayer Committee – Usually the fourth Thursday, check website to confirm.

  • Find resources at www.collegiatedayofprayer.org
  • Adopt a College Campus for Prayer; find others praying for revival on America College campuses.

Seek God for the City – Promoted by Waymakers, a Multi-denominational Effort – Begins 40 days before Palm Sunday

MARCH

Seek God for the City continues to Palm Sunday

  • PossibleRegional Prayer Rallies

40 Days for Life – A Multi-denominational initiative. Check the website for dates: www.40daysforlife.com

APRIL

Great Day of Prayer – Promoted by the Church of God – First Sunday of each Quarter

Seek God for the City concludes on Palm Sunday

MAY

National Day of Prayer – Multi-denominational initiative promoted by the National Day of Prayer Task Force – First Thursday

  • The only ‘day of prayer’ mandated by Congress!
  • Led by the National Prayer Committee and the National Day of Prayer Task Force
  • Resource materials at www.nationaldayofprayer.org

Pentecost Sunday – Multi-denominational – Pentecost Sunday

Global Day of Prayer – Pentecost Sunday

  • This international prayer effort reaches to more than 150 nations.
  • Resources at www.globaldayofprayer.com include video feeds, printed materials and more.
  • 10 days of Prayer leading up to Pentecost Sunday (Resources in Seek God for the City)
  • 90 days of Blessing following Pentecost Sunday
  • Resources for this event in the United States www.gdopusa.com

Day of Prayer for Syria – Leaders organized this day of prayer in 2013. Check the website to find updated information for future events. www.meconcern.org

JUNE

World Weekend of Prayer for Children at Risk – First weekend in June – Check their website for more details.

JULY

Great Day of Prayer – Promoted by the Church of God – First Sunday of each Quarter

Call 2 Fall Sunday – Promoted by the Family Research Council – (Sunday at the end of June/beginning of July) Check website for exact date.

  • Go to www.call2fall.org for prayer resources and to register your church in the event.
AUGUST

30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World – Ramadan moves each year, since Islam is based on a 360 calendar – Check website for detail – www.30-days.net

SEPTEMBER

Operation: 9-1-1 – Promoted by theChurch of God during the September Saturation Prayer

  • Pray at 9 AM and PM – for 1 minute, with 1 motive: A Spiritual Awakening in America.
  • Florida and Kentucky have a variation of this – check with prayer leaders in those states for resource materials

Patriot Day – A Cry Out America Initiative – September 11 each year

See You at the Pole – A Multi-denominational event – Fourth Wednesday

  • This is a nation-wide Youth Prayer event, kids at US schools meeting around the flagpole for prayer near the start of every school year.
  • Resources at syatp.org

Saudi Global Day of Prayer Check their website for the exact date

OCTOBER

Great Day of Prayer – Promoted by the Church of God – First Sunday of each Quarter

Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem – First Sunday

10 Days Uniting the Church with Jesus at the Center – 10 days between the biblical Feasts of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement

  • Resources and confirm dates each year at 10days.net

Fall Prayer Campaign – Promoted by the Church of God

  • Build your own 30 days of prayer. Past themes include “Days of Consecration” and “Days of Action!” Saturdays have been outlined as options for a prayer breakfast, and then community prayer endeavors. Wednesdays we have focused on prayer training and prayer experiences. Sundays focus on preaching/teaching on prayer.
  • Archived materials for previous 30-day Prayer Campaigns

Global Prayer for Unreached People Groups – Last Sunday

  • For the last 2,000 years the Church has striven to complete the Great Commission. But it still remains unfinished to this day. With explosive population growth, the church has to pick up the pace.
  • The Billion Soul Global Prayer Task Force, commissioned by world leaders from the annual Global Church Linking Forum, is leading a global effort to challenge the Global Church to collectively pray at least one billion prayer minutes for the unreached peoples of the world. The overarching purpose is to bring awareness, aim and action toward praying for the salvation of the lost and for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Learn more at billion.tv>

Following are videos courtesy of Beverly Pegues, Window International Network -click the links to watch

NOVEMBER

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – Second Sunday

Getting Started

Getting Started with a Prayer Ministry

  1. DO IT– Pray. Don’t talk about it. Do it. Pray before you plan. Pray before you do anything else. Above all, let prayer lead the way in developing a prayer ministry. Tarry in prayer. The flesh will want to plan it into being. The Spirit will want to prayer it into being. Pray for prayer – a spirit of intercession. Pray for pray-ers – an army of prayer warriors. Pray for wisdom and direction in prayer. Pray for God to identify prayer leaders. Pray for a passion for the lost. Pray for God’s unique design for the prayer ministry of your church.
  2. ENVISION IT– Pray aloud, “By faith, I see …” Have the participants fill in the blanks. Let prayer, bathed in faith, quicken your hearts with the possibilities for prayer ministry. Don’ hurry. Wait in prayer.
  3. RECORD IT– Have someone record the ideas. “By faith, I see … us prayer walking the city … (another) … with healing teams … praying regularly for the mayor.” Some things envisioned in prayer may be immediately forthcoming. Some may only unfold after years of faithful persistence. A record might encourage late-comers that God had a huge mission in mind from the beginning.
  4. TALK IT UP – Keep sharing ideas for prayer. Enlarge the circle. As more people are exposed to the things stirring in the hearts of a few, the Lord will call others into the process. And the vision will become clear.
  5. PRIORITIZE IT– Begin to separate the ideas about which you have prayed and talked into categories – Do immediately, Do as soon as possible, Do later, Wait on the Lord. Develop an action plan. Keep committing it to prayer. Keep it fluid.
  6. STEWARD IT – By now, a core group has emerged who want to see a formal prayer ministry become a reality. Some will have a passion for prayer, but not be gifted as an organizer. Ideally, you want an intercessor who is also gift leader with evidenced maturity to serve as your team leader. Team is a key word. This is not a one-person job. A prayer ministry demands a team. Designate the team members. Keep the roles loosely defined in the discovery and exploratory phases.
  7. WORK IT – Transform the vision, with its priority categories, into action steps. Don’t stop praying. Pray and plan. Work and pray! Keep enlarging the circle of people meeting to move the prayer process forward.
  8. GROW IT– With the core vision given the group in prayer, now expose yourself to all kinds of ideas. Don’t copy other prayer ministries, but do learn from them. Assign each of your team members a different book to read on prayer ministries – not just prayer. Come together. Have them share insights.
  9. EVALUATE IT– In light of what you are learning, how balanced is your plan. How likely is it that you can accomplish all your goals in the time-line you might have set? Have other prayer ministry leaders from other churches assess your plan. Get pastoral approval. Make sure your team is on board.
  10. EXECUTE IT– Even as you put your plan in action, keep it flexible. You learn by doing. As you conduct prayer events, you will see gaps in prayer theology and practice. Teach and train into those gaps. Then test the learning by another doing event. Build slowly – teach and execute; train and deploy. Set reasonable goals. Make them measurable. Expect resistance. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

Prayerborne

The intercessor is a critical member of a congregational ministry team!

We encourage pastors to identify and mobilize PrayerBorne Chapters in your church. One chapter: multiple teams. Although a team of intercessors does not constitute the whole of prayer ministry, a church must be prayer centered in communion with God, transformational praying – and that will make intercession even more potent. We want to mobilize intercessors to support the Million Hour Prayer Campaign. The goal is 15-20% of our membership across the state in a prayer-connection. Imagine being able to partner intercessors with church planters, mobilize intercessors in this or that part of the state – this is an advantage to you, and to the national prayer effort.

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PRAYERBORNE MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

  • Pastor’s Prayer Partners. Ideally, recruit every member of your church as a prayer partner for the pastor. Ask them to pray for him one day a month, the day of their choice, a date they will remember, such as their anniversary of birthdate. Provide a weekly bulletin of prayer points.
  • Prayer and Crisis Referral Line. Your congregation can operate a 24-7 community prayer line in connection with a national ministry that is a partner of Church of God Prayer Ministries for only $175 a year, less than a third of the typical costs. Get your volunteers trained, and in connection with other partner congregations across the nation, we can provide 24 hour coverage, with local referrals coming back to you. Your people are effectively trained, used in the national ministry; and you provide a unique service to the city and the nation; and garner a stream of referrals.
  • Establish Intercessory Prayer Teams. Partner your intercessors to share mutual prayer concerns, team them for direction and for confirmation.
  • Participate in the Virtual Prayer Wall (VPW). This 24-7 nationwide virtual prayer meeting is by and for Church of God Congregations. Your Prayerborne Chapter or an IPT adopts an hour ‘on-the-wall.’ They connect by phone weekly at the same time and pray. We provide a prayer meeting template and suggestions for prayer.
  • Prayer Evangelism. Prayer for the lost, neighborhood prayer evangelism, systematic prayer walking.
  • The Wailing Wall Project. Create a wailing-wall in your church, a special section dedicated to remembering the not-yet-committed loved ones and friends.
  • The Home-based Intercessors Network. Do you have a significant number of shut-ins or seniors who can’t get out to a prayer meeting? Mobilize them for prayer. Not only can they be activated to pray, virtually on-call, but they can also be trained to ‘call-out’ for prayer. They can be a stand-by force to pray for those in surgery or recovery.
  • The Pager-Prayer Alert System. Buy a pager – and give it to someone convalescing in a hospital, someone awaiting surgery. They are not in a position to take a lot of calls, but folks can dial the pager number and when it vibrates, the individual knows it is a message from church folks saying, “I am praying!” You can use text messages in the same way.
  • Adopt a School for Prayer. Encourage intercessors and IPTs to adopt a school, perhaps one near the church, or where they live, as a prayer partner. Find support materials at www.praycog.org.
  • Adopt a Badge. Encourage your intercessors to adopt a police or fireman, perhaps, the entire church might want to take someone on as a partner. Find support materials at www.adopt-a-cop.org.
  • Participate in the Million Hour Prayer Campaign. Go to www.1plus1.cc for resource materials. Add one-minute to your daily prayer time; and five minutes to your congregational prayer time on the first Sunday of every month.
  • Be a part of the Billion Souls Prayer Campaign. Alert intercessors. Get a monthly email update. Mark the last Sunday of October for the Annual Day to Pray for Unreached People Groups. Adopt an unreached people group for prayer. www.billion.tv/networking/prayer.
  • Connect to the One Cry Million Intercessors Movement. Prayerborne is a partner to the process. Pray for revival and awakening in the United States.
  • Launch a Spiritual Mapping project in your city.
  • Launch a city-wide prayer network, a prayer council. For more information, go to www.pc2ln.org.
  • Adopt a missionary for prayer.
  • Adopt a nation for prayer.
  • Begin a Senior-Care Program.
  • Establish PIT Crews. 3-5 intercessors who agree to become ‘the intercessors’ for a given ministry in your congregation. Ensure every ministry is a prayed-for ministry.
  • Develop Simultaneous Intercessory Teams.
  • Train healing and deliverance teams for special soaking prayer services.

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Links to Prayer Organizations

24-7 – An international, interdenominational movement of prayer, mission and justice to pray 24/7.

30-Days Prayer Network – 30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World coinciding with Ramadan each year.

40-Day Prayer Covenant – A tool for active discipleship. It’s a guide for engaging with God and others in a structure that allows for meaningful and deep impacting prayer.

40 Weeks of Prayer for America’s Orphans – Link arms and pray for a fatherless generation, to stand as their intercessors, to be a voice for those who have no voice.

4-14 Window Global Initiative –Refers to the demographic group from age four to fourteen years old, a golden age of opportunity to transform the world.

The Alliance – Inspired by Jesus’ love and empowered by His Spirit, passionate to bring the good news about Him to our neighborhoods and world.

America’s National Prayer Committee – Exists to provide collective servant leadership to the national prayer movement.

American Bible Society – Bringing God’s word where it is needed most.

ARISE – Obeying God’s call to gather the children into His presence

Assemblies of God Prayer and Spiritual Care – A 24/7 automated prayer call line along with the Intercessory Prayer Network and other resources.

Australian Children’s Prayer Network –Mobilize and network praying Christian children to raise up the next generation of prayer warriors.

Australian Prayer Network – News and prayer info from Australia

Caleb Project –A resource providing media tools and training experiences to equip the body of Christ for strategic ministry to unreached peoples.

The Call –Gathering hundreds of thousands across the US for solemn assemblies to unite in urgent, humble fasting and prayer.

Call2all – A network to train and focus the Body of Christ across the world to see the Great Commission completed in our life-time

Canning Hunger – Motivate, recruit, train, equip and deploy caring individuals into the fight against hunger.

The Cause – Encouraging global community through local service.

Children in Prayer – Teaching children to hear the voice of God through the discipline and practice of prayer and be trained as worship leaders, intercessors, and evangelists as God so chooses.

Children’s Prayer Network, Australia – Mobilize and network praying Christian children.

Children’s Prayer Network, South Africa – Mobilizing children to be involved in prayer outreaches in South Africa and abroad.

Children’s Global Prayer Movement – Mobilize millions of praying children, 12 years and under, worldwide to intercede for world evangelism and for the myriad issues that concern their generation.

National Children’s Prayer Congress – Bringing children from across the nation to Washington, DC for leadership training and to pray for the country’s leaders.

National Children’s Prayer Network – Malaysia – Bringing together all the praying children in Malaysia together to pray in one accord.

Church of God Prayer Ministries – Resource devoted to Church of God (Cleveland, TN) churches.

Church Prayer Leaders Network –For anyone who desires to see his or her church make prayer foundational to its entire ministry.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide –Working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice.

Claim Your Campus – Unites students across America in prayer for their schools on every campus, every day.

Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation – Alarmed by the concerted effort to remove God from every vestige of government and to silence the voice of millions, CPCF is at the center of a growing network of national, state and local leaders who are protecting our right to be a nation that prays and trusts in God.

CryOut – Calling believers from all corners of the earth to pray and fast for people and cities in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Iraq.

The Embassy of Israel to the United States – Stay abreast of issues regarding Israel for more effective prayers for this country.

Ethnê to Ethnê . . . This Generation! – Learn more about the 6,900 “least-reached by the Gospel groups” in the world.

Every Home for Christ – Participate actively in taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every home in the whole world.

Finishing the Task – A vision to see every people group in the world engaged with an indigenously led church planting movement.

Generals International – Generals International is an international church movement, reforming the nations of the world back to a biblical worldview. We are achieving societal transformation through intercession and the prophetic.

Generation of Destiny Children Pray – Encouraging praying children.

Generation 2 Generation – Reconnecting the generations and equipping them to have an uncompromising passion for Jesus with a heart for mission and evangelism.

Global AIDS Prayer Partnership – Mobilizing prayer and action globally to end AIDS.

Global Day of Prayer –Christians from all over the world, from different cultures and denominations, from many diverse streams gather in their homes, or where appropriate, assemble in stadiums, public auditoriums and open squares to unite prayer.

Global Mapping International – Providing professional services, tools and training in geographic mapping (GIS), strategic and applied research, information technology and digital publishing for the international Christian missions community.

Global Prayer Digest – A daily prayer guide for unreached people groups around the world.

Gospel Communications – Online ministries working to use technology and the internet to reach the world with the message of Jesus Christ.

Gospel for Asia – Reaching the most unreached in Southeast Asia with the love of Christ.

Harvest Evangelism – An inter-denominational ministry committed to the fulfillment of the Great Commission, dedicated to serving the entire Body of Christ around the globe while instilling vision for city, regional and nation-wide transformation.

Harvest Prayer Ministries –Equipping the local church to become a House of Prayer for all nations, releasing God’s power for revival and finishing the task of world evangelization.

Hollywood Prayer Network – A strategic prayer network for the Hollywood Entertainment Industry.

Hope – A catalyst bringing churches together to transform communities.

Hope for Europe –A relational movement networking followers of Jesus in many fields across Europe, partnering for transformation of life and society.

Humanitarian International Services Group – Worldwide disaster relief and community development operations.

In All Things…Pray – Prayer resource offered by the Southern Baptist Convention.

In Jesus’ Name Productions – A not-for-profit ministry created to be the world’s first Christian movie studio.

International House of Prayer – Maintains a 24/7 house of prayer in Kansas City, MO as well as an evangelical missions organization.

Intercessors for America – Informs, connects, and mobilizes intercessors to pray for America and its leaders. Reaching the masses of Christians in churches and communities nationwide with information and tools to unite them in effective prayer to safeguard our country.

Intercessors in Israel – Seeking to raise up a prayer army in and for Israel.

International Orality Network – Network that seeks to influence the body of Christ to make disciples of oral learners (2/3 of the world, 5.7 billion of which 1/2 are children) around the globe. In addition, to bring the awareness of the need for scripture in heart languages to the unengaged unreached people groups thru prayer and action. Praying for Oral Peoples, Bibleless and UUPG as a foundation for all.

International Prayer Connect – A coalition of more than 3,000 Christian prayer networks and organizations who share a common vision to mobilize and equip worldwide prayer for the blessing, healing and transformation of the nations.

International Reconciliation Coalition – A network of individuals, churches and organizations committed to dealing with conflict using Biblical means – Confession, Repentance, Reconciliation and Restitution.

Jericho Walls International Prayer Network – An interdenominational Christian prayer ministry that is committed to building a strong, broad-based prayer network to support the Church to fulfil its calling as a “house of prayer for the nations”.

Joel News – A weekly e-zine that offers a high-quality selection of the most inspiring stories on the advance of God’s Kingdom around the world.

Joshua Project – A research initiative seeking to highlight the ethnic people groups of the world with the fewest followers of Christ.

Kids in His Presence – Nurturing a child’s affection for Papa God.

Kids in Ministry International – Redefining children’s ministry in the 21st century in the Church of Jesus Christ, completely changing how we disciple our Christian children.

Kids Prayer – Ideas and resources for children’s prayer ministries.

Love 2020 – If 10% of professing Christians in American would begin to aggressively live the life of love, it would be possible to express God’s love to every man, woman, young person and child in this nation by the year 2020.

Lydia Fellowship International – A call to prayer for Christian women, those who have the heart to meet with God and encounter his presence.

Mission America Coalition –An unprecedented Coalition of Christian leaders who have prayerfully come together to mobilize the Church for praying, caring and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in deed and word.

Moms in Prayer International – Praying for children and schools across the US.

National Children’s Prayer Network (Malaysia) – Bringing together all the praying children in Malaysia to pray in one accord.

National Day of Prayer – Mobilizing prayer in America and encouraging personal repentance and righteousness in the culture. First Thursday of May.

National Pastors’ Prayer Network – Sharing the Holy Spirit’s work of gathering pastors together in prayer for one another, their congregations and eventually their communities and cities.

Navpress – Bringing biblically rooted, culturally relevant, and highly practical products to people who want to know and love Christ more deeply.

Open Doors International – The world’s largest outreach to persecuted Christians in the most high-risk places.

Operation World – Widely regarded as the definitive volume of prayer information about the world.

Partners in Prayer and Evangelism – Overflowing blessing to Australian neighborhoods, regions and nations.

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – A global day of intercession for persecuted Christians worldwide.

Pebbles and Stones – Intentional in bringing generations together to experience God’s love in community.

PrayUSAGovernment Leaders Calling the Nation to Prayer Initiative, believing for God to set churches on fire across the Country

Pray for China – A prayer calendar designed for you to glorify God by praying for the needs of the Chinese people.

Pray for Denmark – For those who have a heart for the spiritual condition of Denmark.

Pray for France – Mobilizing prayer for France.

Pray for Iran – Dedicated to encouraging prayer for the nation and people of Iran.

Pray for Kuwait – Prayer points to pray for Kuwait.

Pray for Somalia – Year of prayer for Somalia.

Pray for Spain – Learn about the evangelical churches of Spain, their context and needs.

Pray! Network – Prayer message boards, blogs, and event updates with free registration.

PrayWay – Interactive prayer forum.

The Prayer and Crisis Referral Network – Your church can participate in a 24-7 Community Prayer HOPE Line. You can’t open your church doors 24-7, but you can offer a toll-free number for anyone to call for prayer. And you can promise them that an intercessor will listen, care and pray!

The Prayer Guide – Over 100 pages of answers to questions on Christian prayer and intercession.

Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula – What will God do as His people from all over the world begin praying specifically for the Arabian Peninsula?

Praying Through the Window – Praying through the 10/40 Window (10 degrees south to 40 degrees north of the equator).

Prayer-Connect Magazine – Deepen your prayer connection with Jesus Christ and fellow believers.

Presidential Prayer Team – Source for encouragement and inspiration to pray for America, our President, our national leaders and our Armed Forces.

Renewal Ministries – Dedicated to fostering renewal and evangelization in the Catholic Church by helping people know the personal love of God in Jesus and grow in holiness.

Proclaim Hope – Serving all of God’s people as we prepare for the great hope of a nationwide Christ-awakening movement for our generation.

Reign Bridge – Bringing people together across generations and geographies.

The Roar – Prayer for, by and with children of the nations.

Sacred Space – Daily online prayer.

See You at the Pole – Global day of student prayer, fourth Wednesday in September.

Sentinel Group – Helping the Church pray knowledgably for end-time global evangelization and enabling communities to discover the pathway to genuine revival and societal transformation.

Teach us to Pray – Prayer resources for children to be used by churches and families.

Transformation Africa – Transforming Africa through prayer.

Transformations Ireland – To see Ireland transformed by God as the Body of Christ unites in repentance and prayer.

United States National Prayer Council – Network of prayer leaders.

Viva Network – Find out how you can equip and encourage children to pray for children at risk.

Voice of the Martyrs – A vision for aiding Christians around the world who are being persecuted for their faith in Christ, fulfilling the Great Commission, and educating the world about the ongoing persecution of Christians.

Wallbuilders – An organization dedicated to presenting America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built.

Waymakers – A mobilization ministry focused on seeing Christ glorified by obedient, worshiping movements in every people group. Downloadable resources and online bookstore.

Window International Network – Their vision is to see sustained, strategic, and informed prayer transforming unreached people for Christ in the 10/40 Window.

World Wide Prayer 24/7 – Calling Christians to pray for their pastors, church and for the nations to receive Christ.

State Prayer Leader and Team

To encourage an intentional prayer effort among the churches and pastors of the Church of God denomination, the Church of God Prayer Ministries Office sets forth a leadership network of prayer coordinators with a prayer leader assigned for each state/region. This leader also needs around a team. The State Prayer Team should be built with the state/regional structure in mind. Then supplement the constituency for the purpose of diversity (men and women, young and old, laity and ministry, ethnic diversity, etc.). Finally, perhaps most importantly, build ministry capacity and calling into the team. Who has a passion to carry the torch in your state for youth and children’s prayer, to mobilize intercessors, to recover the family altar, to raise up prayer support for UPGs, and church planters? This last layer is the critical component that allows us to begin to mobilize and resource prayer at every level.

Below is a description of a State/Regional Prayer Coordinator. To learn more about this leadership role purchase the State Prayer Leader Guidebook for your Leader and Prayer Team.

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Title of the position: State/Regional Prayer Coordinator

Reports to: Administrative Bishop; Collaborates with International Prayer Coordinator.

Overall responsibility: To promote prayer among the ministers and the churches, to develop a strategy to undergird the leaders and efforts, the ministers and churches of the state in prayer; to encourage churches to be intentional in their prayer effort.

  1. The State Prayer Coordinator needs to be allowed to leverage the influence of the Administrative Bishop. That demands a person in whom the Bishop has both deep confidence and personal trust, a hand-glove relationship is desired.
  2. Prayer should be a part of the process of decision making and programming.
  3. Where possible, a state should commit resources to the prayer ministry needs. Funding priorities make a theological statement. A budgetary crisis should not deter prayer efforts, but deepen prayer resolve. In any case, people who are genuinely called to pray will do so without pay. So a volunteer process can never be thwarted from moving forward by financial constraints.
  4. It is typically not recommended that the Administrative Bishop, the Evangelism Director or a Pastor be the State Prayer Coordinator. Each case may be unique. However, the position will require a significant time commitment. Pastors in the state may find it easier to work with a respected layman or retired pastor rather than a peer.

Key areas of responsibility

  1. Bring prayer to the heart of every ministry endeavor.
  2. Encourage pastors to be people of prayer.
  3. Encourage local churches to name a prayer leadership team and participate in the ‘praying church movement.’
  4. Identify intercessors across the state.
  5. Provide on-going training in the area of prayer, the family altar, intercession, effective prayer meetings, and prayer evangelism.
  6. Conduct state-wide and regional prayer gatherings.
  7. Develop a multi-year strategy for the prayer-evangelism effort.

Consults with:

  1. The Administrative Bishop regularly.
  2. The International Coordinator of Prayer Ministries regularly.
  3. State team members.
  4. Local church prayer team members and pastors regarding their needs.
  5. State intercessors network.

Qualifications:

  1. The Prayer Coordinator should be a person of prayer.
  2. They should have some success in leading prayer efforts.
  3. They should have the respect of pastors and ministers in the state.
  4. They may be a pastor, minister or non-credentialed lay leader in good standing with their local church, male or female.
  5. In addition to a passion for prayer, they should exhibit leadership skills.

Recommendations for the State Prayer Leader and Team:

  1. The role of the Prayer Coordinator and the State Prayer Team is to work toward integrating prayer into every aspect of state and local church life. This will typically require primary leadership to create and expand state-wide prayer ministry.
  2. Make prayer a cornerstone for everything done in and through the state and the churches.
  3. Develop a state-wide communication network. Use electronic technology. If possible, use the State News, the State website. Send information for posting to the www.praycog.org site.
  4. Survey the pastors and staff for prayer needs.
  5. Report to the Prayer Team and local churches what’s happening around the state in prayer.
  6. Discover and disseminate different prayer strategies. Share the unique adaptation of prayer strategies. Help leaders learn from each other.
  7. Encourage participation in denomination prayer efforts.
  8. Don’t Make Prayer a Program. Begin small, mentor and train individuals. Keep the focus on a relationship with Christ.

 

Additional Guidelines for Appointing the State Prayer Leadership Team

COMPOSITION

The prayer leadership team should reflect the composition of your state – men and women, young and old with ethnic diversity. Couples work well, though the team need not be exclusively composed of couples. Laypersons or credential ministers who are retired or serve in an associate role, particularly outstanding local church prayer coordinators, make great choices.

SIZE

There is no size limitation. Ideally, the team will be in the range of at least ten-to-twelve.

 

TENURE

The team will serve at the pleasure of the Administrative Bishop. Longer terms will allow the team to develop significant relationships throughout the state and see the completion of various initiatives. Consider four-to-six year terms. 20% of the prayer team should be new leadership every 24 months for fresh input. Develop a tenure model with that in mind. Team members rotating off may be eligible to serve again, and may be viewed as advisors to the state-wide prayer process.

PASSION

People of prayer tend to have special and specific passions. When you appoint your team, these elements should be reflected in your team – intercessory prayer, pastoral prayer support, prayer evangelism (prayer walking, missions), personal prayer, church-based prayer ministries, the family and prayer, prayer rooms/centers, prayer teams, prophetic intercession, prayer watches, leading prayer gatherings, etc. Finding such people with both a passion for prayer and a capacity for leadership, with varied prayer interests will insure a broad prayer emphasis in your state.

GEOGRAPHY

Your team should be chosen with their potential contribution in mind, not the convenience of their location to the state office. The geographic distribution of the team throughout the state may be important if you are considering regional representation or initiatives. Otherwise, choose the best team for the state/region regardless of their residential location.

FREQUENCY OF MEETING

Encourage the team to meet together, face-to-face, at least quarterly, if for no other reason, than to pray. If possible, plan the meeting when the Administrative Bishop can meet with them for at least a portion of the time. Encourage the team to connect via conference call monthly to review the prayer needs of the state.

INITIATIVE

Allow the group to be creative, to follow the imaginative leadership of the Spirit with regard to prayer initiatives – prayer chains, prayer walks/missions, pastoral prayer support, state office prayer support and more.

CONNECTIONS

The website – www.praycog.org – will serve the process. It will allow for prayer teams to connect with one another and share breakthrough stories and ideas for stimulating prayer.

Once state prayer teams are in place, our goal is to encourage local churches to appoint prayer leadership teams or at the very least, a local church prayer coordinator. The state prayer teams will seek to resource and encourage the pastors and prayer leaders who have identified themselves as seeking to move a prayer process forward in their congregation. In addition, the international prayer coordinator will seek to connect and resource both state and local church prayer leadership teams.

 

 

First Steps

PRAYER MINISTRY FIRST STEPS

The FIRST YEAR Discovery Process

How do you begin a prayer process in your church?

Have an envisioning evening for the launch of a new level of prayer ministries in your church! Do some of these things:

  1. Share the stories of what God is doing through prayer.[1]
  2. Show one of the shorter transformation videos.[2]
  3. Talk about the need for prayer – and the joy of prayer.
  4. Describe your vision for prayer ministries in the church.
  5. Spend a good share of the time praying – pray individually, pray into the vision for prayer!
    1. SAY: We announced an evening to talk about prayer ministries, and I am delighted that you came. What brought you here? Let’s pray that to God! “God when I heard about this meeting … my heart leaped … I knew you were calling me to this …”
    2. SAY: What do you envision happening in our church by prayer? Let’s pray that to God! “God, the desire of my heart is to learn to pray … so many of us want a closer walk with you … Lord, would you teach us to pray?”
    3. You could ask these questions and get “shared” responses. But when the people pray their responses, the effect is different! Dramatically different.

After the meeting – Appoint a local church “prayer discovery task force.”

  1. Composition of the team – the team should be primarily composed of people who have a sense of “call” to prayer ministry. This is not your permanent prayer leadership team, although we would expect that some permanent prayer leadership team members would emerge from this group.

 

  • Size of the task-force – probably about 12.

 

  • The diversity of the task-force, if possible, should be comprised of young and old, male and female, single and married, black and white, Pentecostal background and non-Pentecostal background.
  • Consider a staff liaison to the task force (although for purposes of vision, your involvement in the early stages will be very important). It would also be helpful if there was an elder as a part of the task force, or at least a liaison.
  • Along with the prayer discovery task force, you will want to formally identify your “prayer council.”[3]

 

  1. Function of the task force.

Create a prayer resource manual detailing all the prayer activities already exist.[4] This would be in initial form a “ragged” notebook in which all the various activities and initiatives of and out of prayer were compiled in one volume. This notebook is NOT FOR PUBLIC consumption. It is a for-our-eyes-only compilation of existing prayer activities.

 

  1. Conduct a survey of prayer ministry interest in the congregation.
  2. Suggest and promote prayer learning/experience options in the next six months.
  3. Explore options for prayer ministry in these areas:
    1. Discover the appropriate “level” of intensity for the prayer ministry (note the various and intensifying levels):
      1. An aggressive, balance, integrated prayer process?
      2. … with a dedicated prayer room?
      3. … or with a prayer center?
      4. … with a 24/7 prayer process?
      5. … with a 24/7 center? [5]
      6. … with a 24/7 city-impact center?
    2. Function of intercessors.[6]
  • Interface of prayer and mission (prayer evangelism[7]).[8]
  1. Prayer support for ministries; and integration of prayer into ministries.
  2. Identifying prayer resources useful for Metro.
  3. Ways and Means to teach and encourage personal-devotional prayer.[9]
  • Development of a prayer discipleship, teaching-training plan.

 

  1. Structure of the task force

 

  1. The Senior pastor serves as the “visionary leader” of the task force. You need a person with good strategic planning/thinking skills. Staff liaison. An elder (council) should be a part of the team or one appointed to serve as a liaison. The functional team leader should be appointed by the Senior pastor.
  2. Within this task-force we would create “focus-teams” where possible around the interest of the members of the team …
    1. Each focus-team would be composed of 3 individuals from the “prayer discovery team” with a possible addition of 2 additional members from the congregation.[10]
    2. Focus-teams recommended:[11]
      1. Prayer Center focus team.
      2. Intercessors focus team.
  • Prayer-Evangelism focus team.
  1. Youth-Prayer focus team.
  2. Personal/Family Enrichment focus team.
  3. Prayer Ministry integration focus team.

 

 

 

  1. Schedule of the task force …

 

  1. Month One – appointment of the task force.
  2. Month Two – orientation of the task force …and structuring of the focus-teams.[12]
  3. Month Three – addition of the “at-large” members to the focus group teams; specific assignments of the focus-teams.
  4. Month Four-to-Six – focus teams work, meeting as necessary; the task-force meets not less than monthly.
  5. Month Seven – Resource manual is compiled detailing all Metro prayer ministry activities; focus-group reports and recommendations are assembled.
  6. Month Eight-to-Nine – Task force translates focus-group recommendation into a 3-5 year prayer implementation plan.

 

  1. Process …
  2. The Senior Pastor must cast the vision for Church’s prayer ministry. A part of the discovery phase will be our prayer support for God to speak clearly to the Senior Pastor about Metro’s blueprint for prayer ministry.
  3. Alive Ministries: PROJECT PRAY (Or some other prayer coaching network) would serve at the pleasure of the Senior Pastor in the area of “architect” – helping to translate the vision for prayer into a strategic process in conjunction with the focus – discovery teams.
  4. At the end of the discovery phase, a permanent prayer leadership team would be appointed with a prayer-coordinator … and the prayer implementation plan would unfold.[13]

 

 

Learning Components

 

Your prayer ministry advances on two legs – learning and doing. Most of our people have to be “taught” to pray, how to pray. Learning leads to doing. And doing reveals the “learning gaps,” the areas where more teaching is required. Low levels of participation are often indicators of fear. When people are invited to pray, they do not know what might be expected of them, so they avoid invitations to prayer. Teaching, especially experiential learning, helps them become accustomed to prayer.

 

Learning

  • PRINCIPLES
  • PRACTICUM – principles applied, how is this practiced?
  • PICTURES – stories, examples, illustrations

 

Doing

  • Where are you in your PROCESS – are you on track; on schedule? Ahead, behind? Has your response been what you thought it would be?
  • What are your current PROBLEMS/SUCCESSES?

 

Sustaining the Plan

A 3-5 year transformational process should be planned and carefully laid out! Each of the above team members should be looking to build their teams in each of their areas.

 

The first phase of building a prayer ministry is “discovery.” Develop a plan. That plan should include all four dimensions on two legs. The two legs are “learning” and “doing.” Prayer is better caught than taught. The doing events give expression to the learning events, and test the depth of interest in prayer in the church and your capacity to mobilize. The doing events show the gaps in learning – and the learning should always be tested by the doing!

 

If the leadership team is not a praying team and is not open to learnthe prayer ministry will fail. If the leadership team does not become a team – if they pursue their “pieces” of the prayer ministry without a seamless approach to prayer, without regard for the whole, without a sense of where the prayer ministry is to take the church, namely to revival, then the prayer ministry will fail and competitive prayer options will emerge. Humility is an essential! Prayer should change the ethos of the whole church.

 

[1] There are a number of stories that I shared regarding prayer in the leadership seminar. You can replay them as video or simply retell them. Here are some websites from which you can often pull inspirational stories. Be careful, not all “Prayer Stories” sites are Biblically sound. And not all stories true. I often check out stories on this site: http://www.truthorfiction.com/index-prayers.htm  A reliable story site is http://www.guideposts.com/request_prayer.asp  Another site is www.inspirationalprayer.com as well as http://www.brethren.org/ac/CallToPrayer/Stories.html

[2] The video I use is “Transformation II – Preview clip.” It is shorter than either Transformation I or II and contains excerpts from both. Available from: www.sentinelgroup.org or by calling 800-668-5657  They have a number of excellent videos documenting the work of the Holy Spirit around the world out of prayer.

[3] The “prayer council” would be comprised of all the leaders for every prayer ministry already in existence. These people are the backbone of the current prayer stream of any church but they have rarely been convened. Sometimes their interests in prayer are so specific in focus that they have not connected with other people of prayer in the same church. By bringing these people to the table, we will advance the discovery process. Some members of the discovery task force should be drawn from this group, but not exclusively. The discovery task force may interface with this group several times. And when the task force is transitioned into a prayer leadership team, that prayer leadership team will continue to relate to this prayer council. As new prayer ministries are launched, the leaders of those ministries are added to this council. The goal is a non-competitive seamless prayer process in the local church.

[4] This is probably a 2 – 3 month project. The manual would list each “prayer ministry,” the person designated as the leader. The purpose of the prayer ministry – its focus, its target participants, the frequency and duration of its meetings, the length of time in existence, a vitality rating, a projection for its future including ministry expansion plans and maximum number of participants anticipated. See attached sheet – sample prayer ministry profile sheet – for more information.

[5] The creation of a 24-7 center requires 168 man-hour volunteers. I would not recommend that as an immediate step. Further, without 24 hour on-site security, you have additional complications. At this point, I would recommend that your team consider a prayer center which is staffed during certain peak-use hours, open for use during certain other daylight hours. Around this day-time function, you can begin to build a continuous 24 hour prayer stream combining prayer-center activity with at-home prayer chains. Again, I would not make the “24 hour” model my top priority. CAUTION: You want to launch a prayer process that is sustainable given the amount of manpower which the church can allocate to it presently. That is a decision which we can wade into as we determine the level of interest and test commitment with church-wide prayer exercises during this discovery phase.

[6] At some point, we may want to convene just those who feel called to do the work of intercession. And as a part of the discovery process, we will want to look at “teaming intercessors.”

[7] Al VanderGriend has combined a 3-word phrase which is a blueprint for prayer evangelism – prayer, care, share. These three words reference the connection between the “great commitment – prayer,” the “great commandment – love,” and the “great commission – sharing the gospel.” Much of our “great commission” work in America as evangelicals has been without a “deeds of kindness” social interface. As we pray for our community, the neighbor around our church and the city, God wakes up in our people unique ways to express his love – thus prayer translates to our being available for God to love our city through us; and such sincere prayer for our city, combined with loving acts of kindness, opens doors for the gospel.

[8] This includes, but is not limited to the way the prayer ministry connects with the city-church.

[9] This may be anything from bulletin inserts to additional congregational prayer exercises; it may also include prayer experiences, continued teaching of prayer both at the church-wide level, and in the discipleship arena.

[10] These additional team members would be drawn from the pool of people expressing interest in prayer at meetings such as the one we had last evening.

[11] With 6 “focus teams” and a 12-member discovery team – each focus team leader would serve on only one “focus team (exceptions could be made) and each team member would serve on two focus groups (allowing for some cross pollination of ideas). These teams would be given assignments

[12] Somewhere in the Month 2 – 4 period, an overnight retreat for this leadership team would be helpful; or at least a full-day in-town planning meeting to prepare it for the next 3 months of activity.

[13] This does not mean that no prayer implementation will take place before that time. In fact, a part of discovery will be prayer learning and doing experiences along with the affirmation and reshaping of existing prayer ministries. We want to avoid running head-long into piece-meal implementation without a long-term understanding of the Church’s prayer needs.

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