Saturday Night Fire

Every Saturday Night at 9PM EST

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General Overseer, Dr. Tim Hill is committed to prayer as a pillar of the Church of God denomination. As part of the FINISH challenge the Church of God declares to:

  • Commit to 6 million hours of prayer for the FINISH Commitment globally.
  • Recruit 1,000,000 prayer partners, providing prayer globally 24/7.
  • Implement an intentional Finish Prayer/Fasting Initiative annually in each state/region/ area of the world.
  • Focus each local church as a relevant prayer force.
  • Establish prayer centers in each state/region/area of the world.

The Church of God Prayer Ministries Office will provide resources and avenues to fulfill these goals. One of which is the Saturday Night Fire Call. This weekly prayer call began two years ago after the 21 Day Virtual Prayer Meeting where hundreds connected nightly for the virtual prayer call. Saturday Night Fire focuses on prayer for the Great Awakening including unreached peoples, missionaries, church planters, cities, nations and more.

To join the Prayer Call – Saturday Nights, 9 PM EST, dial 641-715-3580, Access Code 466086. Learn more about Church of God Prayer Ministries at

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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.

Prayer Learning Experiences

“Does Doug still speak at local churches?” – it is amazing that we often get that question! The answer is, “Yes! and often!” – almost every week. While we prefer for congregations to partner for our School of Prayer events, we continue to speak at churches across the nation. We feel the Lord is also calling us to train prayer leaders and mobilize a national intercessory force. We encourage you to partner with other churches and cities, convene and empower others, to catalyze a national effort of prayer and city-impact. Below is a list of all the different ways we can help you spark a Great Awakening! Download the brochure>


  1. Schools of Prayer. A variety of training focused on learning, experiencing and leading in the area of prayer. Or try the new PROJECT 52 DAYS PRAYER JOURNEY. The most popular School of Prayer we offer is called Enriching Your Personal Prayer Life – and the heart of that school is helping folks understand prayer and its components and build a healthy prayer life with communion with God at the center. Additional schools include: Praying through the Tabernacle; Heaven is a Courtroom; Intercession and Spiritual Gifts; and a ‘build-your-own’ school option. We also offer ‘experiencing’ schools – Prayer Missions (Reading a City), Prayer Leadership, and more.
  2. City-Prayer Power Conference. Plenary and workshop speakers across a wide variety of prayer topics. Ten area churches come together as sponsors, preferably across denominational lines. The attendance threshold for these conferences is 300. They are supported by the underwriting of the sponsoring congregations and a modest registration fee. Interdenominational speakers are available for the event.
  3. The Prayer Council Project. The Prayer Council Project is a long-term process aimed at coaching a city, pastors and lay leaders, intercessors and para-church leaders, through a “Decade of Destiny” process – aimed at engaging the city with the gospel in fresh ways, out of a movement of compassion and care, and that, on the back of a pervasive prayer movement.
  4. Prayer Summits. This relational prayer and worship experience is a time of seeking the face of God with a focus on personal transformation and renewal. Here, prayer is learned by experience, laced with spontaneous content moments.
  5. Simultaneous Revival. In cities where at least five congregations will commit to a simultaneous revival effort, we offer a team of revivalists who focus on repentance, holiness, revival and renewal in the church and awakening in the culture. A simultaneous revival effort, to be effective, should reach across denominational divides and unite a city. The emphasis of this team is on exalting Christ and touching a city. With five or more revivals going on in the city along with unifying training and prayer events, with preaching calibrated toward transformation – the potential exists for city impact. Special morning and afternoon sessions are available as well. Call for more information (855-842-5483).
  6. Continuing Education for Prayer Leaders. We have learned that the most impactful method of assisting congregations in their journey to bring prayer to the heart of all they do – is less not more. We have designed a prayer training process, complete with videos and discussion guides that brings pastors and prayer leaders of different congregations together quarterly – for teaching, fresh tools, and a boots-on-the-ground talk-it-over take-it-home moment focused on execution. This is teaching, with fresh tools, and implementation ideas, but in bite-sizes. The program unites congregations. It keeps prayer teams encouraged. It calls for measured change, inspiration and motivation without being overwhelming. Learn more about the Prayer Trainer’s Network>
  7. Prayer Impact Weekend. Doug shares with pastors or prayer leaders on Friday night, conduct prayer training (a School of Prayer) on Sunday. Speak at one of the sponsoring congregations on Sunday, and do a community prayer service that Sunday evening. You can build your own experience.
  8. Family Life Enrichment. Doug often speaks at couple’s events, men’s retreats and family conferences. The Couple’s Clinic is the family life seminar Doug has presented to thousands of couples. In that experience, couples learn about the stages of marriage – the tough times. They discover their learned conflict style and basic reflective listening skills that focus on conciliation. They look at the Jesus-style of forgiveness.

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.

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.


  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 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


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.


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



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The website – – 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.



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

This list was last updated on March 28, 2017.

Team Leader Paul Lett
Address: 265 Hunter Ridge Ln
Pell City, AL 35128
Phone: 205-515-9314

Team Leader: James Decanter
Address: 3484 State Highway 42
Turrell, AR 72384-9077
Phone: 870-740-8156

Team Members:
Alvin Yancey

Danny Pankey

Lowell Sartin

Danny Rigney

Lee Parnell

Patricia Tucker

Team Leader: Reverend Linda Querry
Address: 4848 W. Douglas Ave
Apt. #104
Visalia, CA 93291
Home Phone: 702-348-4004
Cell: 702-373-1215

Canada (Ontario)
Team Leader: Madge James-Wisdom
Address: 113A Linden Ave
Scarborough, Ontario M1K 3H9
Phone: 416-269-1889

Team Members:
Dulcia Thomas
905 4548331

Robert Francis
647 965 6459

Andrae Blake
647 876 4615

Delton Fraser
416 543 7316

Lisia Malcom
416 574 9682

Patricia Wynter
647 204 3028

Cordell Thorpe
905 874 6889

Eunice Riggan

Canada (Quebec)
Team Leader: Paul Leslie
Phone: 514-591-7431

Canada (Western)
Team Leader
Sylvonne Layne
Address: 15 Gull Wing Bay
Winnipeg, MB R3X 1E5
Home: 204-253-5131
Cell: 204-471-2514

Team Leaders: Fletcher and Kathy Wright
Address: 6724 Bock Road
Ft. Washington, MD 20744
Business: (301) 567-9500
Home: (301) 567-2344
Mobile: (301) 257-3439

Team Members:
Dwayne and Donna Dixon
Address: 29620 Dover Acres Road
Easton, MD 21601
Business: (410) 822-3088
Home: (410) 822-2034
Mobile: (410) 924-7770

Lovell and Vera Wilson
Address: 1802 Birch Bay Ct.
Frederick, MD 21702
Business: (301) 663-5444 x3003
Home: (301) 695-7526
Mobile: (301) 606-5060
Email 1:
Email 2:

David and Ruth Davis
Address: Rt. 1 Box 126
Elk Garden, WV 26717
Business: (301) 334-3221
Home: (304) 446-5470
Mobile: (304) 257-3439

Florida (North)
Team Leader: Tom Odom
Ocoee Church of God
1105 N Lakewood Ave
Ocoee, FL 34761
Phone: (407) 656-8011

Florida (South)
Team Leader: Ester Calderon
Address: 411 SW 182nd Way
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029
Mobile: 954-871-9539

Georgia (North)
Team Leader:
Carroll Allen
Address: 140 Courtney Lane
Rossville, GA 30741
Phone: 706-866-5074
Cell: 423-902-9742

Jacob King
Address: 2001 Liberty Square Dr.
Cartersville, GA 30121
Phone: 770-382-9489
Home: 770-769-4016
Cell: 678-899-5244

Jung Sun Bell
Address: 1255 Bramlett Blvd.
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
Phone: 404-997-9564

Shane Bailey
Address: 1844 Old CCC Camp Rd
Chatsworth, GA 30705
Phone: 706-695-9388

TJ McBride
Address: 635 Jefferson Cir
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: 678-272-0914

Joseph Raymond
Address: 1906 Chadberry Walk
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Phone:  404-429-8772

Howard Strickland
Address: 612 Shenandoah Dr NE
Calhoun, GA 30701

Adam Wright
Address: 46 Buchanan Ln
Clayton, GA 30525
Phone: 706-490-3331

Jerry Lynn Young
Address: 340 Ivanhoe Dr
Fayetteville, GA 30215
Phone: 678-817-0967

Georgia (South)
Team Leader: Larry Daughtry
Address: 6670 New Jesup Hwy
Brunswick, GA 31523-4100
Phone: 229-391-0461

Team Member:
Address: 183 Hwy 96 E
Jeffersonville, Ga 31044
Phone: (478) 335 8473

Great Lakes Region (Wisconsin/Chicago)
Team Leader: Arthur Guice
Address: 160 Constance Lane
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Phone: 708-833-7512

Team Leader: Lek White
Address: 45-578 Lokea Pl
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone: 808-561-1855

Heartlands (Oklahoma-Kansas)
Team Members:
Lavon Abitbol
Address: 2850 Park Street
Claremore, OK 74107
Mobile: 918-341-4246
Home: 918-409-7604

Robert and Paula Peterson
Church: New Hope Church of God
Address: 509 Regent Street
Ardmore, OK
Business: (580) 223-9404
Cell: 580-465-7492

Sharon Simmons
Address: 4700 Alameda Street
Norman, OK 73026
Phone: 405-618-4755
Cell: 405-618-4755

Ken Angel
Address: 622 N. Townsend Street
Ada, OK 74280
Phone: 580-332-1429
Cell: 580-320-1117

Helen and Gary Barnhart
Address: 104 W. Thompson Drive
Kingfisher, OK 73750
Phone: 405-375-6090
Cell: 405-229-1917

Cheryl Lawson
Address: PO Box 1835
Muskogee, OK 74402
Cell: 918-680-0027

Gerry and Barb Dupuis
Address: 2106 W Rose Lane
Ulysses, KS 67880
Business: (620) 356-3888
Mobile: (620) 575-5562

Hispanic East Central Region
Team Leader: Orlando Valenzuela
Address: 2020 Bates Pike SE, Apt 404
Cleveland, TN 37311
Phone: (404) 886 8087

Hispanic North Central Region
Team Leader: Felix Robles
Address: 2445 North Mapplewood
Chicago, Illinois  60647
Phone: (773) 772-2832

Hispanic North Western Region
Team Leader: Alvin and Lizbeth Perez
Address: 21440 SE 299th Way
Kent, WA 98042
Phone: (787) 602-3662

Hispanic South Central Region
Team Leader: Frank Espinoza
Address: 1540 Jami Rd
Pleasanton, TX 78064
Phone: (830) 399-0317

Hispanic South Western Region
Team Leader: Reverend Imelda Tucker
Address: Church of God Southwest Region
149 N. 3rd Ave
Upland, CA  91786
Phone: (323) 807-9112

Team Members:
David Mays
Address: 110 Grayson Rd.
Eldorado, IL 62930
Business: (618) 237-8193
Home: (618) 273-5035
Mobile: (618) 978-2011
Other: (618) 977-4514

Rod Joplin
Address: 407 Stonebrook
Benton, IL 62812
Business: (618) 439-3833
Home: (618) 438-0841
Mobile: (618) 218-1796
Other: (618) 218-6114

Eric Wyzard
Address: 114 West Alden Place
Dekalb, IL 60115
Business: (815) 758-6557
Mobile: (815) 501-1455
Other: (815) 501-1990

Tod W. Parchman
Address: 149 State Hwy. 37
West Franfort, IL 62896
Business: (618) 937-4766

Brian Mixon
Address: 1258 Garretts Prairie Road
West Frankfort, Il 62896
Business: (618) 627-2526
Home: 618-937-6330
Mobile: (618) 922-6278
Other: (815) 501-1990

A. Ted and Judith Ann Anderson III
Address: 1716 Harlan Rd.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Business: (618) 244-1337
Home: (618) 242-0771
Mobile: (618) 214-3879
Other: (618) 214-8269
Email 1:
Email 2:

Team Leaders:
Sam and Judy Abbott
Business: (219) 942-8777
Mobile: (219) 688-3449

Team Members:
Steve and Pam Gwaltney
Address: 5860 East Valley View Drive
Lexington IN 47138
Business: (812) 794-3182
Mobile: (812) 820-1792

Mark and Enola Joplin
Address: 2535 South Miller Street
Shelbyville IN 46176
Business: (317) 398-4787
Mobile: (317) 364-1010

Terry Owens
Address: 2401 Curdes Ave
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Phone: 260 484-6910
(260) 413-7314

Team Leader:
Carletta Douglas
Address: Cathedral Church of God
3313 Lexington Road
Winchester, KY 40391
Home: 859-745-2442
Cell: 859-771-8601

Team Members:
David Douglas
Address: Cathedral Church of God
3313 Lexington Road
Winchester, KY 40391
Phone: 859-744-6939
Cell: 859-771-8602

Mark and Jennifer Hisle
Address: 101 Calvary Court
London, KY 30741
Phone: 606-528-8100
Mobile: 606-231-1257
Mobile: 606-864-4848

Kenny and Karen Potter
Phone: 606-776-8063
Phone: 606-776-7098

Sylvester and Fran Dunn
Phone: 606-521-0159

Mike and Sherry Smith
Phone: 502-608-4309

Pat Dew
Phone: 270-871-4490

Margaret Justice
Phone: 270-836-0215

Dianne Reddick
Phone: 270-836-5791

David and Pam Calvert
Phone: 502-370-8349

Gary and Theresa Ballinger
Phone: 859-312-6879

Bill and Lisa Harrison
Phone: 859-248-5529

Henry and Aggie Montgomery
Phone: 606-831-0076

Betty Shaver
Phone: 270-256-9377

Carol Clem
Phone: 859-808-0159

Sandy Bronnert
Phone: 859-351-9775

Robert Gayheart
Phone: 859-351-3216

Steve Ormsby
Phone: 606-312-1100

Team Leader:
Jackie and Laurie Pounders
Address: 22191 Sharp’s Chapel Road
Bush, LA 70431
Home: (985) 892-2997
Mobile: (985) 630-6290

Nolan and Stephanie Francis
Address: 191 Woodbury Dr
Houma, LA 70364-2381
Phone: 985-223-0804

Midlands: Iowa/Nebraska
Team Leader: Diana Angran
Address: Solid Rock Church of God
1300 Rock Valley Rd
Centerville, IA 52544
Phone: (641) 856-8308
Mobile: 641-436-1243

Team Member:
Nelson Foster
Address: Relevant Church
4100 Merle Hay Rd, Ste 4A
Des Moines, IA 50310
Phone: (515) 339-5304

Team Leader: Debra Schilling
Address: 5303 Orchard Dr
East China, MI 48054
Phone: 586.567.4941

Bill & Sandra McKay
Phone: 810-687-1457

Melody Nichols
Phone: 734-818-7314

Wayne Terry
Phone: 586-703-7473

Ministry to the Military
USA Team Leader and Liaison:
Jennie Humann

Team Leader: Cheryl Hannan

Team Members:
Brett Cooper
Address: 10680 CR 101
Union, MS 39365
Phone: 601/656-1536
Cell: 601-650-8182

Larry Hays
Address: 700 Church Rd East
Southaven, MS 38671
Phone: 662/349-1337
Cell: 601-807-4097

Randy Rigney
Address: 431 Old Hwy 13 S
Morton, MS 39117
Phone: 601/732-8017
Cell: 601-927-5865

Ronnie Walters
Address: 1501 Old Fannin Rd
Flowood, MS 39232
Phone: 601/790-4443
Cell: 601/613-7166

Team Members: Jeffrey Clark
Address: 3202 W. Republic Road
Springfield, MO 65807
Mobile: (417) 830-9322

Don Thomas
Church: Spirit Life Church (Worship Leader)
Address: 3202 W. Republic Road
Springfield, MO 65807
Mobile: (417) 872-7360

Leta Padgett
Phone: 314-729-0704 ext.17

New Jersey
Team Leader: Joann Garzarella
Phone: 732-409-2923

Team Leader: Philip Bonaparte
Phone: 609-658-8702

New Mexico/El Paso, Texas
Team Leader: Carl Dawson
Address: 421 West Ave I
Lovington, NM 88260
Home: 575-396-0095

Team Member:
Hosea and Mabel Melendez
Address: 3700 Hveco Valley Dr, #3906
El Paso, TX 79938
Mobile: 915-849-0557

New York
Team Leader: Christopher Capaldo
Address: 8 Applewood Road
Saint James, NY 11780
Home: (631) 584-4240

Team Member: Tyrone Tyson

North Carolina (Eastern)
Team Leader: Tim Cowan
Address: 101 West C St
Erwin, NC 28339
Home: 910.897.8228

Team Members:
Phyllis Cowan

Richard Dial
Address: 204 Misty Groves Cir
Morrisville, NC 27560
Cell: 919.632.6370

Joe Ferguson
Address: PO Box 38
Bunn, NC 27508
Phone: 919.340.4591

North Carolina – Western
Team Leader:
Andre Hester
Address: Monroe Deliverance Center
1000 Little Rock Court
Monroe, NC 28110
Home: (704) 635-8235
Cell: (704) 517-4481

Team Members:
Aaron Powers
Address: Gate City Church of God
110 E. Newlyn St.
Greensboro, NC 27408
Home: (336) 542-0506
Cell: (336) 953-8914

Stewart Lankford
Address: Bethlehem Church of God
PO Box 6324
Bethlehem Station
Hickory, NC 28603
Home: (828) 495-7759
Cell: (828) 244-8200

Calvin Grier
Address: West Charlotte Church of God
3406 Pine Meadow Drive
Charlotte, NC 28269
Home: (704) 598-5250
Cell: (704) 905-4005

Shane Silvers
Address: Whittier Church of God
PO Box 129
Whittier, NC 28789
Office: 828-497-6262
Home: 828-497-9238
Cell: 336-269-4440

North Central Region: Dakotas and Montana
Team Members: Dan Lindeman
Address: 805 10th St West, PO Box 336
Lemon, SC
Church Office: 605-374-3686
Cell Phone: 701-928-0782

Steve Willis

North Central Region (Hispanic)
Team Leader: Felix Robles
Address: 2445 North Mapplewood
Chicago, Illinois 60647
Phone: (773) 772-2832

Northern New England
Team Leader: Frank Siciliano
Address: Park Avenue Church of God
29 Park Ave
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 207-807-5443

Team Leader: Rich and Angel Boll
Address: 14545 N Gallatin Blvd
Brookpark, OH 44142
Phone: 216-760-5148

Team Members:
Queen Williams
Address: PO Box 6606
Canton, OH  44706
Phone: 330-209-4684

Jane Smith
Address: 12709 Misty Ave
Union Town, OH  44685
Phone: 330-267-6075

Gerald Murphy
Address: 336 Mogul Dr
Galloway, OH  43119
Phone: 614-832-5715

Derek Wooten
Address: 4236 N Gensen Loop
Cincinnati, OH  45245
Phone: 803-372-8837

Pacific Northwest
Team Leader: Barbara Mathews
Address: 8713 Tieton Dr.
Yakima, WA 98908
Office: 509-965-0075
Cell: 509-941-3254

Team Members:
Keith and Hae Suk Arensmeyer
307 E. F St.
Shelton, WA 98584
Home: 360-462-0053
Cell: 360-951-2341

Aminiasi and Sala Vakalala
3418 Serene Way
Lynnwood, WA
Sala cell: 206-396-9075
Home: 425-742-2624

David and Faith White
2323 53rd St. SE
Auburn, WA 98092
David cell: 425-773-3029
Faith cell: 425-773-5944
David’s email:
Faith’s email:

Team Leader: David W Martin
Address: 7378 Dar Lane
North East, PA 16428
Home: 814-725-4994
Cell: 814-384-2310

Co-Team Leader:
Delphine Allen
163 Hawthorne Ct
Wyomissing, PA 19610
Home: 330-289-5886
Cell: 330-283-5886

Robert Brookins
816 Acacia Ave
Reading, PA 19605
Home: 610-921-2216
Cell: 330-283-5886

Carmen and Rose Butler
Address: 1505 Leishman Ave
Arnold, PA 15068
Home: 724-335-0994
Cell: 724-681-8894

Baby Daniel
Address: 727 Stratford Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19115
Home: 215-671-0859

Dorothy Hilliard
Address: 208 Market St
Warren, PA 16365
Home: 814-313-1707
Cell: 716-581-0537

Felix Poyser
Address: 1315 Moore Ave
Yeadon, PA 19050
Home: 610-394-6472
Cell: 215-869-7781

Gerald Prentice
Address: 631 Weiser St
Reading, PA 19601
Home: 610-378-0416
Cell: 610-763-0601

Rocky Mountain Region (Colorado-Utah-Wyoming)
Team Leader: David Naranjo
Address: 3415 W 34th Street Rd.
Greeley, CO 80634
Cell: 970-405-0606
Office: 970-330-6082
Home: 970-356-4509

South Carolina
Team Leader: Peggy Scarborough
Address: 1561 Dick Pond Road
Myrtle Beach SC 29575
Cell: 843.650.2407

Southern New England
Team Leader: N. Bibiche Zagabe-Ndiku
Address: 205 Millbury Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Home: 508-459-8688
Cell: 508-847-4554

Team Leader: Roland Sharp
Phone: 931-212-4166

Team Leader: Steven Molton
Address: The Bridge Church of God
PO Box 7351
Fort Worth, TX 76111
Office: 817-834-4506
Cell: 817-262-8971

Team Member:
A.D. Fretwell
Address: 365 W College St
Lewisville, TX 75067
Phone: 214-435-4604

Team Leader: Stephen Sneed
Address: 72 Brookdale Cir
Bristol, VA 24201
Home: 276-669-4724
Mobile: 276-619-1494

West Virginia
Prayer Leader: Darrell Buttram, Jr.
Address: 123 Larkspur Drive
Huntington, WV 25701
Home: 304-617-2301
Office: 304-522-7160
Mobile: 304-523-6203

Team Members:
Stacey Dingess
Address: New Beginnings Worship Center
307 Broad St
Summerville, WV 26651
Office: 304-872-4469

Rudell Bloomfield
Address: Mountain View Church of God
PO Box 1246
Oak Hill, WV 25901-1246
Office: 304-465-5511

Harold Newsome
Address: Crosspoint Church of God
3066 S Chicos Rd
Kearneysville, WV 25430
Office: 304-261-1276

Upcoming Events

Heaven is a Courtroom School of Prayer
Wednesday nights in August at 7PM
Praise Cathedral Church
3390 Brushy Creek Rd
Greer, SC 29651
Call 864-879-4878 for more information.

August 21-24
Breaking the Silence Conference
Church for All Nations
6540 Templeton Gap Rd
Colorado Springs, CO 80923
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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.



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



  • 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:  A reliable story site is  Another site is as well as

[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: 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.

The 4-dimensional Model of Prayer

Most churches have a single-dimensional model for prayer. They have a prayer meeting that is one-style, one-time, one-leader for all. They are limited in terms of the prayer formats that are used. The prayer focus is routine and too narrow. Intercessors sometimes take over the prayer services with a level of passion too hot for the typical participant not accustomed to such fervent prayer! At other times, prayer meetings degenerate into a litany of prayer requests.

What is needed is a multi-dimensional model. A growing church needs many opportunities for prayer – different times and places. It needs a prayer ministry that is diverse in its focus.

There are four areas which need to be intentionally developed if the church is going to have a balanced prayer process. These are not exercises in prayer or even prayer ministries. These four areas represent the way in which we should measure and balance the prayer ministry.

The Four-Fold Focus

  • A praying people – personal transformation. At home, daily prayer. Family prayer times. Couples connecting in prayer. Fathers and mothers, praying with children. The discipline of gratitude at meal times. Holiday prayer. Fathers blessing their children. Moms and Dads praying over fevered brows. Homes that are consecrated. Homes where the act and sound of prayer is not strange.
  • A praying church – total dependence upon His hand! Doing the business of God – prayer. And doing nothing without prayer. Making the church a praying church – living out of His presence, depending in His strength, serving beyond ourselves.
  • Identified and Mobilized Intercessions – the prayer engine of the church is intercession and intercessors. These people are called and gifted to pray. All of us are to be intercessors. But there is a core of people with hot-hearts for prayer. Find them. Affirm them. Disciple them. Mobilize them. Train them. Debrief them. Direct them.
  • Prayer Evangelism – Claiming the harvest by prayer. Asking for God’s presence to anoint as we love the lost open to the gospel. Prayerfully looking for the opportunities to share the good news of God’s love. Conduct prayer walks and prayer missions. Ask every Christian to begin to pray for unsaved friends and family. Prayer and the harvest must be connected.