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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.

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Upcoming Events

March 1-3
Ohio Church of God Prayer Conference at The Potters House Church of God

March 23-25
Multi Church Conference in London and Corbin KY. The churches involved are River of Life/Pastor Mark Huff and Freedom Christian Fellowship/Pastor Jerry Lewis. For more information call 606-528-4622.

April 5-7
Church of God Black Ministries Conference. Learn more at: www.cogblackministries.org.

April 14-15
School of Prayer at Tupelo Church of God in Tupelo, MS.

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Church of God State Prayer Leaders Directory

This list represents only the states or regions that have appointed a Prayer Leader or Leadership team for their state/region and have notified the Prayer Ministries Office.

Please check the listings below and provide missing data by emailing laura@projectpray.org.

This list was last updated on January 2018.

Alabama
Team Leader:
Paul Lett
265 Hunter Ridge Ln
Pell City, AL 35128
205-515-9314
revpaulhc@aol.com

Arkansas
Team Leader:
James Decanter
3484 State Highway 42
Turrell, AR 72384-9077
870-740-8156
decanterjames@gmail.com

Team Members:
Alvin Yancey
alvin.yancey@arkansas.gov

Danny Pankey
revdpankey@sbcglobal.net

Lowell Sartin
lwlbs@yahoo.com

Danny Rigney
pastordanny@rittermail.com

Lee Parnell
hlpnjp@hotmail.com

Patrick Tucker
patricktucker4264@yahoo.com

California-Nevada
Team Leader:
Reverend Linda Querry
4848 W. Douglas Ave
Apt. #104
Visalia, CA 93291
702-348-4004 (home)
702-373-1215 (cell)
lcquerry@yahoo.com

Canada (Ontario)
Team Leader:
Madge James-Wisdom
113A Linden Ave
Scarborough, Ontario M1K 3H9
Canada
416-269-1889
madgej27@gmail.com

Team Members:
Dulcia Thomas
1 Halton Ct
Brampton, ON L6Y 5T6
905-454-8331
(C) 905-617-6622
pastorthomas2001@hotmail.com

Robert Francis
27 Talbotshire St
Ajax, ON L1S 0A6
647-965-6459
simplyrevfran@gmail.com

Andrae Blake
45 Generation Blvd
Scarborough, ON M1B 2K5
647-876-4615
bonafideblake@yahoo.com

Delton Fraser
23 Delray Dr
Markham, ON L6E 1Y6
416-543-7316
(H) 905-201-0411
delton.fraser@yahoo.ca
glaydsfraser7@gmail.com

Lisia Malcom
35 Joseph Griffith Ln
North York, ON M3L 0C8
416-574-9682
lismalcom@hotmail.com

Cordell Thorpe
7820 McLaughlin Rd S, Apt 812
Brampton, ON L6Y 4W3
905-874-6889
(C) 416-500-9298
cthorpe@rogers.com

Canada (Quebec)
Team Leader:
Paul Leslie
514-591-7431
manofgodpl@hotmail.com

Canada (Western)
Team Leader:
Sylvonne Layne
15 Gull Wing Bay
Winnipeg, MB R3X 1E5
Canada
204-253-5131 (home)
204-471-2514 (cell)
slayne@shaw.ca

Delmarva
Team Leader:
Fletcher and Cathy Wright
6724 Bock Road
Ft. Washington, MD 20744
(301) 567-9500 (office)
(301) 567-2344 (home)
(301) 257-3439 (cell)
clrw49@hotmail.com

Team Members:
Dwayne and Donna Dixon
29620 Dover Acres Road
Easton, MD 21601
(410) 822-3088 (office)
(410) 822-2034 (home)
(410) 924-7770 (cell)
dixiecup@goeaston.net

Lovell and Verna Wilson
1802 Birch Bay Ct.
Frederick, MD 21702
(301) 663-5444 x3003 (office)
(301) 695-7526 (home)
(301) 606-5060 (cell)
lwilson@maranatha-cog.org
heraldangel17@aol.com

David and Ruth Davis
Rt. 1 Box 126
Elk Garden, WV 26717
(301) 334-3221 (office)
(304) 446-5470 (home)
(304) 257-3439 (cell)
llcog@msn.com

Rick and Patricia Felton
(240) 393- 1682 (Rick cell)
rickfelton1@verizon.net
(240) 393-1683 (Patricia cell)
pat.c.felton@gmail.com

Jude and Susie Nowak
Jude- (443) 463-6341 (Jude cell)
Susie-(443) 463-6341 (Susie cell)
judensooz@gmail.com

Marie Bideshi
(301) 694-0472

Florida (North)
Team Leader:
Thomas Odom
Ocoee Church of God
1105 N Lakewood Ave
Ocoee, FL 34761
(407) 656-8011 Ext 1110
todom@ocoeecog.com

Florida (South)
Team Leader:
Ester Calderon
411 SW 182nd Way
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029
954-871-9539
emorell9@gmail.com

Georgia (North)
Team Leader:
Carroll Allen
140 Courtney Lane
Rossville, GA 30741
706-866-5074
423-902-9742
revallen2@bellsouth.net

Team Members:
Jacob King
2001 Liberty Square Dr.
Cartersville, GA 30121
770-382-9489 (office)
770-769-4016 (home)
678-899-5244 (cell)
jking@libertysq.org

Jung Sun Bell
1255 Bramlett Blvd.
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
404-997-9564
victoryinternationalchurch@gmail.com

Shane Bailey
1844 Old CCC Camp Rd
Chatsworth, GA 30705
706-695-9388
r.shanebailey@gmail.com

TJ McBride
635 Jefferson Cir
Atlanta, GA 30328
678-272-0914
timothyjmcbride@yahoo.com

Joseph Raymond
1906 Chadberry Walk
Stockbridge, GA 30281
404-429-8772
raymond18@bellsouth.net

Howard Strickland
612 Shenandoah Dr NE
Calhoun, GA 30701
706-263-3334
howard@craneeater.com

Adam Wright
46 Buchanan Ln
Clayton, GA 30525
706-490-3331
adamcarla@att.net

Jerry Lynn Young
340 Ivanhoe Dr
Fayetteville, GA 30215
678-817-0967
jly121566@aol.com

Georgia (South)
Team Leader:
Larry Daughtry
6670 New Jesup Hwy
Brunswick, GA 31523-4100
229-391-0461
Daughtry46@msn.com

Team Member:
Gary Walker
183 Hwy 96 E
Jeffersonville, Ga 31044
478-335 8473
pastorgmw@gmail.com

Great Lakes Region (Wisconsin/Chicago)
Team Leader:
Arthur Guice
160 Constance Lane
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 308-6187
fogministries@comcast.net

Hawaii
Team Leader:
Lek White
45-578 Lokea Pl
Kaneohe, HI 96744
808-561-1855
whitehawaii@gmail.com

Heartlands (Oklahoma-Kansas)
Team Leader: TBD

Team Members:
Lavon Abitbol
2850 Park Street
Claremore, OK 74107
918- 341-4246 (cell)
918 – 409-7604 (home)
a1lavon@yahoo.com

Robert and Paula Peterson
Church: New Hope Church of God
509 Regent Street
Ardmore, OK
(580) 223-9404
pastorrsp@sbcglobal.net

Sharon Simmons
4700 Alameda Street
Norman, OK 73026
405-618-4755
405-618-4755
SHARONfirstlady@yahoo.com

Ken Angel
622 N. Townsend Street
Ada, OK 74280
580-332-1429
580-320-1117
pastorangel@sbcglobal.net

Helen and Gary Barnhart
104 W. Thompson Drive
Kingfisher, OK 73750
405-375-6090
TrinityPastor@yahoo.com

Cheryl Lawson
PO Box 1835
Muskogee, OK 74402
918-680-0027
hungi4more2000@yahoo.com

Gerry and Barb Dupuis
2106 W Rose Lane
Ulysses, KS 67880
(620) 356-3888 (office)
(620) 575-5562 (cell)
revgerry@pld.com

Tammy Metz
19215 E Shannon Dr
Claremore, OK 74019
DMOKTM@aol.com

Hispanic East Central Region
Team Leader:
Orlando Valenzuela
2020 Bates Pike SE, Apt 404
Cleveland, TN 37311
(405) 694-3170
orlandovalenzuela@yahoo.com

Hispanic North Central Region
Team Leader:
Flavio Nunez
160 Ringneck Lane
Bloomingdale, Illinois 60108
(630) 745-0241
pastorflavio47@yahoo.com

Hispanic North Western Region
Team Leader:
Alvin and Lizbeth Perez
21440 SE 299th Way
Kent, WA 98042
(787) 602-3662
(787) 602-6058
lizbeth.matos@hotmail.com
alvinabed@hotmail.com

Hispanic South Central Region
Team Leader:
Frank Espinoza
1540 Jami Rd
Pleasanton, TX 78064
(830) 399-0317
frankeharley@yahoo.com

Hispanic South Western Region
Team Leader:
Imelda Tucker
31756 Loma Linda Rd
Temecula, CA 92592
(323) 807-9112
imeldatucker@yahoo.com

Illinois
Team Leader: TBD

Team Members:
David Mays
110 Grayson Rd.
Eldorado, IL 62930
(618) 273-5035 (home)
(618) 978-2011 (cell)
eldoradocog@frontier.com

Rod Joplin
407 Stonebrook
Benton, IL 62812
(618) 439-3833 (office)
(618) 438-0841 (home)
(618) 218-1796 (cell)
pjoplin@nlcg.net

Eric Wyzard
114 West Alden Place
Dekalb, IL 60115
(815) 758-6557 (office)
(815) 501-1455 (cell)
ericwyzard@hotmail.com

Tod W. Parchman
149 State Hwy. 37
West Franfort, IL 62896
(618) 937-4766
todparchman@hotmail.com

Brian Mixon
1258 Garretts Prairie Road
West Frankfort, Il 62896
(618) 627-2526 (office)
618-937-6330 (home)
(618) 922-6278 (cell)
brian.mixon1@us.army.mil
Brian.mixon1@USAR.army.mil

A. Ted and Judith Ann Anderson III
1716 Harlan Rd.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 244-1337 (office)
(618) 214-3879 (cell)
ted-anderson@sbcglobal.net
judithann49@yahoo.com

Indiana
Team Leaders:
Sam and Judy Abbott
(219) 942-8777 (office)
(219) 688-3449 (cell)
smabbott@truevine.net

Team Members:
Steve and Pam Gwaltney
5860 East Valley View Drive
Lexington IN 47138
(812) 794-3182 (office)
(812) 820-1792 (cell)
pamog@aol.com

Mark and Enola Joplin
2535 South Miller Street
Shelbyville IN 46176
(317) 398-4787 (office)
(317) 364-1010 (cell)
mjoplin@msn.com

Terry Owens
2401 Curdes Ave
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
260 484-6910
(260) 413-7314
t.m.owens@att.net

Kentucky
Team Leaders:
David and Carletta Douglas
Cathedral Church of God
3313 Lexington Road
Winchester, KY 40391
859-745-2442 (home)
859-771-8602 (cell)
carlettadouglas@gmail.com
ddouglas1950@gmail.com

Team Members:
Sylvester and Frances Dunn
syl_dunn40906@yahoo.com
snowflake40906@yahoo.com
606-627-0379
606-521-0159

Todd and Rhonda Claypoole
606-625-0274
claypooletodd@gmail.com

Ruford and Connie Abner
606-784-8788
rabner208@hotmail.com

Merrill and Paula Collins
606-216-4142
merrill.collins@perry.kyschool.us

Stephen and Miriam Lyons
859-410-1109
pastor@growthtemple.org

Chris and Amanda Combs
859-462-6105
revchris@gmail.com

Steve and Heather Kirkland
606-671-0794
jstevekirkland@gmail.com

Jonathan and Sherrie Boling
502-552-7605
pastor@solidrocklouisville.com

Kenneth and Brenda Yates
270-366-1428
kbroken33@comcast.net

Carl and Donna Smalls
270-268-1131
apostle@rworshipc.org

William and Brenda Geary
270-820-5658
williamthemangeary@yahoo.com

Roman and Amy Krywyn
270-925-1800
roman.krywyn@yahoo.com
mipetoskey@yahoo.com
270-925-3505

Louisiana
Team Leader:
Jackie and Laurie Pounders
22191 Sharp’s Chapel Road
Bush, LA 70431
(985) 892-2997 (home)
(985) 630-6290 (cell)
bishoppounders@yahoo.com

Team Members:
Nolan and Stephanie Francis
191 Woodbury Dr
Houma, LA 70364-2381
985-223-0804
985-688-8494
serfrchrist@hotmail.com

Beverly Sistrunk
1109 Larkina St
Bastrop, LA 71220
318-556-2717

Michigan
Team Leader:
Debra Schilling
5303 Orchard Dr
East China, MI 48054
586.567.4941
demarc514@aol.com

Team Members:
Faith Walden
9600 Sil St
Taylor, MI
daandfa@gmail.com
568-567-8604

Bill & Sandra McKay
wdmckay81@yahoo.com
810-687-1457

Melody Nichols
arizeshine@sbcglobal.net
734-818-7314

Wayne Terry
Jwayne1224@me.com
586-703-7473

Midlands: Iowa/Nebraska
Team Leader:
Diana Angran
Solid Rock Church of God
1300 Rock Valley Rd
Centerville, IA 52544
(641) 856-8308
641-436-1243 (cell)
dangran@hotmail.com

Ministry to the Military
USA Team Leader:
Jennie Humann
MTTM USA
jmhumann@gmail.com

Mississippi
Team Leader:
Pettis Brewer
2083 Old Richton Rd
Petal, MS 39465
(601) 545-9909
purviscog@comcast.net

Team Members:
Brett Cooper
10680 CR 101
Union, MS 39365
601/656-1536
601-650-8182 (cell)
tinyb63@aol.com

Larry Hays
700 Church Rd East
Southaven, MS 38671
662/349-1337
601-807-4097 (cell)
plowline2@yahoo.com

Randy Rigney
431 Old Hwy 13 S
Morton, MS 39117
601/732-8017
601-927-5865 (cell)
wrr-12@peoplepc.com

Ronnie Walters
1501 Old Fannin Rd
Flowood, MS 39232
601-790-4443
601-613-7166 (cell)

Missouri
Team Leader: TBD

Team Member:
Leta Padgett
314-729-0704 ext.17
314-787-7480
Lpadgett@trwc.com

New England (Northern)
Team Leader:
Frank Siciliano
Park Avenue Church of God
29 Park Ave
Portland, ME 04101
207-807-5443
pastorfranksic@gmail.com

New England (Southern)
Team Leader:
N. Bibiche Zagabe-Ndiku
39 Bryn Mawr Ave
Auburn, MA 01501
508-459-8688 (home)
508-847-4554 (cell)
gpc.pastor@live.com

New Jersey
Team Leader:
Joann Garzarella
732-409-2923
joanngarzarella@aol.com

Team Leader:
Philip Bonaparte
609-658-8702
pastor@newhopecog.com

New Mexico/El Paso, Texas
Team Leader:
Carl Dawson
421 West Ave I
Lovington, NM 88260
575-396-0095 (home)
cfdawson69@gmail.com

Team Member:
Hosea and Mabel Melendez
3700 Hveco Valley Dr, #3906
El Paso, TX 79938
915-849-0557 (cell)
915-474-3975
jm.mel4christ@yahoo.com

New York
Team Leader:
Paul & Ingrid Peart
718-514-3071
revpaulpeart@yahoo.com

Team Members:
Tyrone Tyson

Christopher and Debbie Capaldo
Area: Long Island Rep.
8 Applewood Road
Saint James, NY 11780
Home: (631) 584-4240 (home)
(631)-413-0777
pastorchris7@optonline.net

Errol & Glenda Rougier
Area: Queens Representatives
917-691-4133
errolrougier@gmail.com

Bruggard & Reyette Brutus
Area: Brooklyn Representatives
(516)-343-5871
churchofgodremsen@yahoo.com

Clifford & Carona Thompson
Area: Westchester Representatives
(914)-664-1599
cliffordthompson977@gmail.com

Lennie & Marva Pennicott
Area: Bronx Representatives
(347) 684-4280
plennie@yahoo.com

Althea & Tommy Baines
Area: Upstate Representatives
(716) 903-8300
rev.baines@yahoo.com

North Carolina (Eastern)
Team Leader:
Tim Cowan
101 West C St
Erwin, NC 28339
Home: 910.897.8228
erwincog@yahoo.com

Team Members:
Richard Dial
204 Misty Groves Cir
Morrisville, NC 27560
919.632.6370 (cell)

Joe Ferguson
PO Box 38
Bunn, NC 27508
919.340.4591
newhopepastorjoe@embarqmail.com

North Carolina (Western)
Team Leader:
Andre Hester
Monroe Deliverance Center
1000 Little Rock Court
Monroe, NC 28110
(704) 635-8235 (home)
(704) 517-4481 (cell)
andrehester7@gmail.com

Team Members:
Aaron Powers
Gate City Church of God
110 E. Newlyn St.
Greensboro, NC 27408
(336) 542-0506 (home)
(336) 953-8914 (cell)
bishop.powers@gmail.com

Stewart Lankford
Bethlehem Church of God
PO Box 6324
Bethlehem Station
Hickory, NC 28603
(828) 495-7759 (home)
(828) 244-8200 (cell)
stewart.lankford@gmail.com

Calvin Grier
West Charlotte Church of God
3406 Pine Meadow Drive
Charlotte, NC 28269
(704) 598-5250 (home)
(704) 905-4005 (cell)
cgrier1@msn.com

Shane Silvers
Whittier Church of God
PO Box 129
Whittier, NC 28789
(828) 497-6262 (office)
(828) 497-9238 (home)
(336) 269-4440 (cell)
silvers4christ@yahoo.com

North Central Region: Dakotas and Montana
Team Leader:
DeVawn Beckman
7601 54th Ave. NW
Minot, ND 58703
701-720-2911
revdev@srt.com

Team Members:
Ronnie Vetch
9000 5th Street
Bowdle, SD 57428
605 285 6414
revronvetch@icloud.com

Reese Hamar
PO Box 1164
Dillon, MT 59725
406 925 2801
reesehamar@gmail.com

Ohio
Team Leader:
Rich and Angel Boll
6770 Georgetown Ln
Madison, OH 44057
angelbollmnm@gmail.com
bishopboll@sbcglobal.net

Team Members:
Queen Williams
PO Box 6606
Canton, OH 44706
330-209-4684
qwilliams1206@gmail.com

Jane Smith
12709 Misty Ave
Union Town, OH 44685
330-267-6075
djsmith059@att.net

Gerald Murphy
336 Mogul Dr
Galloway, OH 43119
614-832-5715
gmurphy@pottershouse.org

Derek Wooten
4236 N Gensen Loop
Cincinnati, OH 45245
803-372-8837
dwooten@apministries.com

Pacific Northwest
Team Leader:
Barbara Mathews
8713 Tieton Dr.
Yakima, WA 98908
509-965-0075 (office)
509-941-3254 (cell)
wdp@pnwcog.org

Team Members:
Keith and Hae Suk Arensmeyer
307 E. F St.
Shelton, WA 98584
360-462-0053 (home)
360-951-2341 (cell)
keitharensmeyer@yahoo.com

Aminiasi and Sala Vakalala
3418 Serene Way
Lynnwood, WA
206-396-9075 (cell)
425-742-2624 (home)
salavakalala@comcast.net

David and Faith White
2323 53rd St. SE
Auburn, WA 98092
425-773-3029 (David cell)
425-773-5944 (Faith cell)
victorylifectr@aol.com
faith98037@yahoo.com

Pennsylvania
Team Leader:
David W Martin
7378 Dar Lane
North East, PA 16428
814-725-4994 (home)
814-384-2310 (cell)
ndp4pa@gmail.com

Co-Team Leader:
Delphine Allen
163 Hawthorne Ct
Wyomissing, PA 19610
330-289-5886 (home)
330-283-5886 (cell)
delphine-allen@comcast.net

Robert Brookins
816 Acacia Ave
Reading, PA 19605
610-921-2216 (home)
330-283-5886 (cell)
rebrookinssr@verizon.net

Carmen and Rose Butler
1505 Leishman Ave
Arnold, PA 15068
724-335-0994 (home)
724-681-8894 (cell)
cobutler@verizon.net
rmbutler2@verizon.net

Baby Daniel
727 Stratford Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19115
215-671-0859
pastorbdaniel@hotmail.com

Dorothy Hilliard
208 Market St
Warren, PA 16365
814-313-1707 (home)
716-581-0537 (cell)
hilliardd71649@hotmail.com

Felix Poyser
1315 Moore Ave
Yeadon, PA 19050
610-394-6472 (home)
215-869-7781 (cell)
pervmat@aol.com

Gerald Prentice
631 Weiser St
Reading, PA 19601
610-378-0416 (home)
610-763-0601 (cell)
gpsp631@aol.com

Rocky Mountain Region (Colorado-Utah-Wyoming)
Team Leader:
David Naranjo
3415 W 34th Street Rd.
Greeley, CO 80634
970-405-0606 (cell)
970-330-6082 (office)
970-356-4509 (home)
davidleenaranjo@comcast.net

South Carolina
Team Leader:
Peggy Scarborough
1561 Dick Pond Road
Myrtle Beach SC 29575
843.650.2407
dr1peggy@gmail.com

Tennessee
Team Leader:
Roland Sharp
285 Grove Ave NW
Cleveland, TN 37311
931-212-4166
rolandmsharp@yahoo.com

Texas
Team Leader:
Steven Molton
The Bridge Church of God
PO Box 7351
Fort Worth, TX 76111
817-834-4506 (office)
817-262-8971 (cell)
stevemolton@gmail.com

Team Member:
A.D. Fretwell
365 W College St
Lewisville, TX 75067
214-435-4604
pastorfretwell@gmail.com

Virginia
Team Leader:
Sam Belisle
Celebration Church
4429 Buck Mountain Rd
Roanoke, VA 24018
office@celebrationcog.org

West Virginia
Team Leader:
Darrell Buttram, Jr.
123 Larkspur Drive
Huntington, WV 25701
304-617-2301 (home)
304-522-7160 (office)
304-523-6203 (cell)
pastor@tenthavecog.com

Team Members:
Stacey Dingess
New Beginnings Worship Center
307 Broad St
Summerville, WV 26651
304-872-4469
rsd0912@gmail.com

Rudell Bloomfield
Mountain View Church of God
PO Box 1246
Oak Hill, WV 25901-1246
304-465-5511
arudyB@msn.com

Harold Newsome
Crosspoint Church of God
3066 S Chicos Rd
Kearneysville, WV 25430
304-261-1276
hrnewsome@netzero.com

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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.

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.

Prayer at the General Assembly

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.

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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!”

<Pastor Carter Conlon of the Times Square Church was a special guest at the General Assembly and was honored with the Order of the Towel Servant Award. Read more here>

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.

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.