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You won’t regret coming home for a memorable day of prayer!
Bring your prayer team to Church of God General Headquarters to pray in Cleveland, TN.
Dr. Tim Hill invites Church of God pastors and members to “come home” through the Agree 17 Prayer Campaign. It’s simple. Pastors and members, especially prayer leaders and intercessors, are being invited to the International Offices of the Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee to pray.
The next Agree 17 “Come Home” prayer event will be Tuesday, May 2.
Doug Small, International Prayer Coordinator will be on hand to meet guests and he has a day of prayer planned. “We’ll meet in the rotunda that tells the story of our early years. Then, we’ll tour the campus. We’ll retrace our steps by completing prayer missions to various places on campus, for specific ministries in the three primary headquarters buildings.”
The benefit is that our people, many of whom have never been to our international offices will get the privilege of seeing the campus, learning about the denomination’s ministries, and having the opportunity to be partners in prayer. Dr. Tim Hill is challenging the church to bathe everything in prayer. “We want to plan well, but pray better!”
Those participating in the Agree 17 Come Home Campaign will be challenged to adopt a General Offices Prayer Partner. Small says, “The difference in all we do always comes back to the edge that prayer gives us! The great gift all of us can offer is the ‘gift of prayer’ to the effort of world evangelization.”
Also available is an optional field trip to Murphy to visit the historic steps of our heritage – Barney Creek, the Shearer Schoolhouse site, and the simple mountain home where the first general assembly took place.
The day-long experience will touch our early beginnings and our present-day global ministries. The primary purpose, Small says, is not merely education about our history or present ministries, but prayer mobilization. “We want our pastors and laity to adopt our international offices in prayer! We want prayer on-site, for the folks who work there daily, and those who labor around the world. We want continuous prayer, as watchers of the wall, for the ministries of the church around the world. Something happens when we pray on-site. God gives insight. Heart-bonds form. The Spirit speaks. And prayer sparks touch the world.”
Consider ‘coming home’ and bringing a van-load from your congregation to pray for the international church and its leaders.
Pray for the staff, for ministries, for global evangelism.
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Tour the facilities, drive by the Pentecostal Theological Seminary and through the campus of Lee University.
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Visit prayer tower at the North Cleveland Church of God.
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Travel to Barney Creek where it all began.
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Stand at the Shearer School site where the revival took place.
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Pray in the house that still stands, the site of the first ‘assembly.’
Schedule your day:
8:30 AM Gather for Prayer – Rotunda Campus Tour
9:45 AM Regroup for Prayer Missions to Various Parts of the Campus – Prayer Adoptions and Connections
11:30 AM Chapel Moment
1:00 PM Optional Afternoon
Drive through the Lee Campus/School of Theology/North Cleveland Prayer Tower
Field Trip: Barney Creek/Shearer Site/First Assembly meeting house
4:00 PM Departure for home when finished
Note: This schedule can be reversed with Optional Tour in the morning and other components in the afternoon.
News Release from the March 7 Event
A group of 32 people from five states spent the day in southeast Tennessee, remembering and praying over the ministries of the Church of God.
The “Agree 17 Prayer Campaign” was led by Church of God Prayer Coordinator Doug Small. The day-long event was sub-titled, “It all started with a prayer meeting,” referring to the August 19, 1886 gathering of a handful of believers at the Barney Creek Meeting House, about 100 miles from Cleveland, and regarded by church historians as the birthplace of the Church of God.
The primary purpose of the campaign was to demonstrate a deliberate emphasis upon prayer for the personnel who lead the Church of God International Offices on a daily basis. Headquarters for the Church of God have been located in Cleveland, Tennessee since 1906, while other ministries, which began in later years, also maintain offices in the Southeast Tennessee city. Those include Pathway Press, Lee University, Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and numerous other ministries with roots in the Church of God.
The delegation began their day with a guided tour on the International Offices campus, which includes the World Evangelization Center, Discipleship and Education Center, and Leadership and Communications. After gathering back at the World Evangelization Center, the prayer group received instructions on specific prayer emphases and disbursed back across campus. They met and prayed with personnel for over an hour in their workspaces.
At 11:00 a.m. the on-campus event concluded with special introductions and prayer for the City of Cleveland. Guest of honor for the ceremony was Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland, who has been in office since 1991 and is the city’s longest tenured mayor.
“The impact of the Church of God is definitely felt in this city,” Rowland stated at the ceremony. “You (Church of God) bring economic blessings, but the greatest contribution is the presence of the Holy Spirit anointing men and women who go from this place and follow our Lord’s Great Commission.”
“Through the years the Church of God has exhibited a powerful presence that gives comfort and inspiration to our citizenry,” Mayor Rowland continued. “Your faithfulness has not wavered in over a century and it is my prayer and pledge that our great partnership continue for centuries to come.”
The group gathering at the 11:00 am ceremony included International Offices employees and all five members of the Executive Committee. General Overseer Tim Hill greeted the audience and made a special presentation to the mayor. First Assistant General Overseer Raymond Culpepper introduced the mayor, while Third Assistant General Overseer David Ramirez prayed a prayer of dedication between the city of Cleveland and the Church of God.
Mayor Rowland concluded his remarks by saying, “To God be the glory, for we know who holds the future for both the City of Cleveland and the great Church of God.”
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Like never before, God is calling us to selfless, vigilant, 24-7 prayer. Our General Overseer, Dr. Tim Hill, is sounding the trumpet. This effort is an expectation of a mighty move of God, not only in our churches, but in our cities, indeed, in North America and beyond.
Join me in a movement of prayer in our denomination beyond anything we have seen in our recent memory through the Agree 17 Prayer Campaign:
- Pray for the denomination and its ministries
- Join the Saturday Night Fire Call to pray for the global church.
- Name a Congregational Prayer Coordinator for your church.
- Create a Prayerborne Chapter.
8-Day Prayer Campaign – Intercessors on the Wall
Each week, 100 Church of God Congregations are asked to pray for the church and its ministries around the world. They are, in a sense, ‘on the wall’ that week. Correspondence to churches across the country is scheduled to begin in March for this initiative to start in April.
On your assigned week, 8 days of prayer, on the wall, I am asking you and your church to devote a week to prayer – for the Church of God and its global ministries; for the FINISH challenge; for revival in your congregation and awakening in North America and beyond. Click here to view a list of churches scheduled over the next couple of months>
What you can do:
- Have a time of uncommon prayer during your Sunday morning service for global revival and the movement called the Church of God.
- Distribute this bulletin on Sunday morning or download a file to email. The files are also available for you to recreate in an alternative format. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Post information to your church website or social media.
- Consider opening the church for prayer during the week.
- Set-up a prayer chain or a prayer conference call. Let’s engage our people in praying for the harvest, near and far.
- Share the videos, the appeal from Dr. Hill for people to take their turn ‘on the intercessory wall,’ to not come down until the task is finished.
- Encourage your congregation to join the Saturday Night Fire Call; 9:00 PM EST; Call in number: 641-715-3580; Access Code: 466086.
- Review the many prayer opportunities available through Church of God Prayer Ministries on this website.
- Poster to announce your week on the wall (8.5×11 size or 11×17 size)
- Bulletin Artwork to promote your week on the wall
- Bulletin with a daily prayer guide to distribute the Sunday that begins your week on the wall
- Power Point to share during Sunday morning service
- Videos to share during Sunday morning service and throughout the week
- News Release to send to local media or extract verbiage for emails
- Images that can be added to your website or posted on social media
Watch this video from General Overseer Tim Hill:
A healthy church is missional. Good prayer begins with God, and it ends only with an appropriate focus on the lost of the world. Prayer is, at its heart, worship, and at its edge mission, and, in between, God meets our needs.
Church of God Prayer Leaders are encouraged to adopt Unreached People Groups (more information about each group can be found at joshuaproject.net), Prayer Leaders from other Nations and Career Missionaries (more information at cogwm.org) to pray for them on a regular basis. Below are lists of each of these sectors with the Prayer Leader that has adopted that sector. Complete the form below to sign-up to pray for an Unreached People Group, National Prayer Leader or Career Missionary. Currently only the continent of Africa is represented. Check back for other continents to be available soon.
Africa Nations – Prayer Leaders
Adopted Unreached People Groups
For 2017, each Church of God state/region is assigned a Saturday Night for focused prayer for their state/region during the Saturday Night Fire Call. Below is a list of these assignments. Click too learn more about the Saturday Night Fire Call>
Date State or Region
February 4 Alabama
February 11 Alaska/BC Region
February 11 Midlands
February 11 North Central Hispanic Region
February 18 Arizona
February 18 East Central Hispanic Region
February 25 Arkansas
March 4 California/Nevada
March 11 Florida – Cocoa
March 18 Eastern North Carolina
March 25 Delmarva
April 1 Florida-Tampa Region
April 8 Indiana
April 15 No Assignment – Easter
April 22 Louisiana
April 22 Hawaii
April 29 New Jersey
April 29 Heartland Region
May 6 Illinois
May 13 Indian Ministries
May 13 Northern New England Region
May 20 Great Lakes Region
May 27 Kentucky
June 3 Michigan
June 10 Minnesota
June 17 New England Hispanic Region
June 24 Mississippi
June 24 Missouri
July 1 New Mexico
July 8 Rocky Mountain Region
July 15 New York
July 22 North Central Region
July 29 Western Canada
July 29 North Eastern Hispanic Region
August 5 North Georgia
August 12 North Western Hispanic Region
August 19 Ohio
August 19 Ontario
August 26 Pacific Northwest Region
September 2 Pennsylvania
September 9 Quebec/Maritimes Region
September 16 South Carolina
September 23 South Central Hispanic Region
September 30 Southeastern Hispanic Region
October 7 South Georgia
October 14 South Western Hispanic Region
October 21 Southern New England Region
October 28 Tennessee
November 4 Texas
November 11 Virginia
November 18 West Virginia
November 25 No Assignment – Thanksgiving
December 2 Western North Carolina
General Overseer of the Church of God, Tim Hill has set forth his vision for the FINISH Commitment, a “Global Church Focus on the Great Commission.”
Prayer Ministries has adopted these commitments and goals based on the ‘I’ in FINISH which stands for INTERCEDE, making prayer and worship the highest privilege and greatest responsibility of every believer.
“Whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive” (Matthew 21:22 KJV).
We are committed to:
- Commit globally to 6,000,000 hours of prayer annually for the FINISH Commitment.
- Recruit globally 1,000,000 prayer partners, providing prayer 24/7.
- Implement an intentional FINISH Prayer/Fasting Initiative annually in each local church, state, region, and area of the world.
As part of the plan to fulfill these goals, the Prayer Ministries Office charges each church to pray 5 minutes once a month for a Global Harvest. Below are resources for your use including a bulletin insert and power point.
- Feb 2017 – FINISH Prayer Bulletin Insert
- Feb 2017 – FINISH Prayer Power Point
- Mar 2017 – FINISH Prayer Bulletin Insert
- Mar 2017 – FINISH Prayer Power Point
- Apr 2017 – FINISH Prayer Bulletin Insert
- Apr 2017 – FINISH Prayer Power Point
- May 2017 – FINISH Prayer Bulletin Insert
- May 2017 – FINISH Prayer Power Point
- June 2017 – FINISH Prayer Bulletin Insert
- June 2017 – FINISH Prayer Power Point
- July 2017 – FINISH Prayer Bulletin Insert
- July 2017 – FINISH Power Point
Join these prayer connection calls (Call-in number: 641-715-3580; Access Code: 466086):
- Saturday Night Fire Call – Each Saturday – 9:00 PM EST
- Pray for Unreached Peoples – First Wednesday of each month – 12:30 PM EST
The intercessor is a critical member of a congregational ministry team!
We encourage pastors to identify and mobilize PrayerBorne Chapters in your church. One chapter: multiple teams. Although a team of intercessors does not constitute the whole of prayer ministry, a church must be prayer centered in communion with God, transformational praying – and that will make intercession even more potent. We want to mobilize intercessors to support the Million Hour Prayer Campaign. The goal is 15-20% of our membership across the state in a prayer-connection. Imagine being able to partner intercessors with church planters, mobilize intercessors in this or that part of the state – this is an advantage to you, and to the national prayer effort.
PRAYERBORNE MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES
- Pastor’s Prayer Partners. Ideally, recruit every member of your church as a prayer partner for the pastor. Ask them to pray for him one day a month, the day of their choice, a date they will remember, such as their anniversary of birthdate. Provide a weekly bulletin of prayer points.
- Prayer and Crisis Referral Line. Your congregation can operate a 24-7 community prayer line in connection with a national ministry that is a partner of Church of God Prayer Ministries for only $175 a year, less than a third of the typical costs. Get your volunteers trained, and in connection with other partner congregations across the nation, we can provide 24 hour coverage, with local referrals coming back to you. Your people are effectively trained, used in the national ministry; and you provide a unique service to the city and the nation; and garner a stream of referrals.
- Establish Intercessory Prayer Teams. Partner your intercessors to share mutual prayer concerns, team them for direction and for confirmation.
- Participate in the Virtual Prayer Wall (VPW). This 24-7 nationwide virtual prayer meeting is by and for Church of God Congregations. Your Prayerborne Chapter or an IPT adopts an hour ‘on-the-wall.’ They connect by phone weekly at the same time and pray. We provide a prayer meeting template and suggestions for prayer.
- Prayer Evangelism. Prayer for the lost, neighborhood prayer evangelism, systematic prayer walking.
- The Wailing Wall Project. Create a wailing-wall in your church, a special section dedicated to remembering the not-yet-committed loved ones and friends.
- The Home-based Intercessors Network. Do you have a significant number of shut-ins or seniors who can’t get out to a prayer meeting? Mobilize them for prayer. Not only can they be activated to pray, virtually on-call, but they can also be trained to ‘call-out’ for prayer. They can be a stand-by force to pray for those in surgery or recovery.
- The Pager-Prayer Alert System. Buy a pager – and give it to someone convalescing in a hospital, someone awaiting surgery. They are not in a position to take a lot of calls, but folks can dial the pager number and when it vibrates, the individual knows it is a message from church folks saying, “I am praying!” You can use text messages in the same way.
- Adopt a School for Prayer. Encourage intercessors and IPTs to adopt a school, perhaps one near the church, or where they live, as a prayer partner. Find support materials at www.praycog.org.
- Adopt a Badge. Encourage your intercessors to adopt a police or fireman, perhaps, the entire church might want to take someone on as a partner. Find support materials at www.adopt-a-cop.org.
- Participate in the Million Hour Prayer Campaign. Go to www.1plus1.cc for resource materials. Add one-minute to your daily prayer time; and five minutes to your congregational prayer time on the first Sunday of every month.
- Be a part of the Billion Souls Prayer Campaign. Alert intercessors. Get a monthly email update. Mark the last Sunday of October for the Annual Day to Pray for Unreached People Groups. Adopt an unreached people group for prayer. www.billion.tv/networking/prayer.
- Connect to the One Cry Million Intercessors Movement. Prayerborne is a partner to the process. Pray for revival and awakening in the United States.
- Launch a Spiritual Mapping project in your city.
- Launch a city-wide prayer network, a prayer council. For more information, go to www.pc2ln.org.
- Adopt a missionary for prayer.
- Adopt a nation for prayer.
- Begin a Senior-Care Program.
- Establish PIT Crews. 3-5 intercessors who agree to become ‘the intercessors’ for a given ministry in your congregation. Ensure every ministry is a prayed-for ministry.
- Develop Simultaneous Intercessory Teams.
- Train healing and deliverance teams for special soaking prayer services.
Some 150,000 evangelical Christians pray for their city annually. They prayer-walk and conduct prayer missions. They prayerfully consider some sector of the city – the representative government, judiciary, schools, industry, economic institutions, social service spheres, media, arts and entertainment, the family and the churches. They pray about the spiritual condition of the city, crime and disorder. They ask for the blessing of God on the city. And they pray for the harvest.
The Seek God for the City initiative helps you to mobilize many to pray with united, sustained vision for people of your community specifically for 40 days of leading up to Palm Sunday. A prayer guide, children’s guide, app and other prayer tools are available through Waymakers.
Each January, it is estimated that as many as one million American Christians may be participating in the forgotten discipline of fasting. The early church fasted, we are told, two days a week. Each year, Church of God congregations will be encouraged to join that growing army from January 10 – 31, in 21 days of fasting.
In 2016 this initiative grew to include multiple denominations in the RESET OUR GENERATION effort. We began the New Year with 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting with Jesus followers and thousands of churches across the nation. This dedicated time allows us, as believers, across denominational lines, to join in prayer for revival in the church and awakening in the culture.
The initiative included a nightly Virtual Prayer Meeting through the 21 days with a special guest offering a prayer challenge and a national prayer leader leading a segment of prayer. In addition, there were fresh reports in a ‘Look What God is Doing!’ segment. And a Praying for a RESET report.
The opportunity to unite in prayer for ourselves, for our churches, our cities and the world, is intended as a beginning for a year filled with opportunities for revival and awakening. Learn more at americapray.net.