Laura

Prayer Leadership Training

State Prayer Leaders and Teams are invited to Cleveland, TN for the annual campus revival, prayer training and global virtual prayer event – Tuesday, January 9-Thursday, January 11.

Just added – A day of Prayer Training Certification on Tuesday, January 9.

The event continued with the virtual prayer simulcast Tuesday evening at General Headquarters led by Dr. Hill. Prayer Leader training will take place during the day on Wednesday and Thursday at North Cleveland Church of God. The campus revival and prayer simulcast continues each evening at General Headquarters. Last year, on the final night, we had some 40,000 watching the global prayer event online. A tentative schedule is outlined below.

The meeting this year will be structured very differently. We will conduct ‘focus groups’ on various aspects of the denominational prayer effort. I want us to roll up our sleeves and drill down into the prayer process. My hope is that what we model in Cleveland, you will do in your state. The ‘focus groups’ will be break-out sessions in which we explore various prayer concerns, look at the data, and project solutions. Each ‘focus group’ will be chaired by a team. Review the Focus Group outline.

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The registration fee is a modest $50. Please contact me if cost is an issue and I will find a scholarship assistance. Or ask your Administrative Bishop for assistance.

This meeting is open to State Prayer Leaders, members of the State Prayer Leadership teams, State Administrative Bishops and their staff, and key pastors and leaders in your state who might help with some aspect of the prayer process, going forward. Come one and all.

We want to come out of our January meeting firing on all cylinders and we especially want to raise the level of intercessory prayer engagement. We want to vision our future. We cannot afford, in these last days, to allow our prayer effort to become stale and rote. Let’s take Jesus seriously. He wants the church to be a ‘house of prayer for the nations.’ I think he is calling us to turn some tables over in the temple!

P. Douglas Small
Prayer Coordinator

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Tentative Schedule

Tuesday

6:00 PM Registration Check-in (Church of God General Headquarters – Video Suite)
7:00 PM Global Virtual Prayer Meeting (Church of God General Headquarters – Video Suite)

Wednesday

8:00 AM Registration Check-in (North Cleveland Church of God)
8:30 AM Welcome – Dr. Tim Hill; The Challenge – P. Douglas Small; Focus Groups; Reports
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Special Program – the PCCNA 3-Year Emphasis; Focus Groups; Reports
4:30 PM Dismiss – Dinner on Your Own
6:30 PM Global Virtual Prayer Meeting (Church of God General Headquarters – Video Suite)

Thursday

8:00 AM Registration Check-in (North Cleveland Church of God)
8:30 AM Special Guest; Resource Review; Focus Groups; Reports
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Special Program – PLCE and School of Prayer Certification; Where do we go from here?; Visioning Our Future
4:30 PM Dismiss Dinner on Your Own
6:30 PM Global Virtual Prayer Meeting (Church of God General Headquarters – Video Suite)

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4355 Holiday Inn Express Way NW
Cleveland, TN 37312
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Cleveland, TN 37312
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Hampton Inn
4355 Frontage Rd NW
Cleveland, TN 37312
(423) 458-1222

Wingate
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Cleveland, TN 37312
(423) 478-1212

LaQuinta
130 Interstate Dr NW
Cleveland, TN 37312
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Focus Group Outline

Focus Groups

Church of God Prayer Ministries Leadership Gathering

 Focus Group: We will divide into various teams to focus on an aspect of prayer ministry, a concern or issue, a challenge relating to our prayer effort, a topic that needs exploration or a group(s) that need focused prayer attention.

Leadership: The facilitators of the focus groups will be chosen from your responses to this letter. RESPOND IMMEDIATELY, if possible. Delineate your interest, both as a participant and a facilitator. My desire is to see a team of three discussion facilitators for each group. You will not be alone.

Time Frame: I am anticipating that each of the three simultaneous breakout sessions for will last for 90 minutes.

Agenda: You will be asked to do four things in the 90 minutes.

  1. Review the data, the problem, the challenge that you are given. A core of the data will come from my office, at least we will frame the issue for discussion.
  2. Enlarge the data. Some of you will have perspectives not addressed in the core data. You will have your own laptops. I imagine this to be a working group – exploring and researching on the fly. Adding data. Framing the problem and possible solutions.
  3. Address the questions that are provided to you along with the data. In order to do this expeditiously, I could see some larger focus groups dividing into small groups for a more thorough discussion and maximum involvement.
  4. Determine our best response to the issue or concern. Lay out possible options for moving forward. Detail several steps we can take to address the concern, meet the prayer challenge or advance the mission.
  5. I Throughout the meeting, I would expect that you might pause for prayer. That at times, the entire group might go to their knees in prayer.

READI – We want to ‘readi’ ourselves to get serious about the prayer process and drill deeper than ever before!

Experts: Remember, the experts that Jesus chose were ordinary folks like you and me – and they turned the world upside down. Certainly, we can have, with greater unity and collaboration, a great impact on our denomination than ever before.

In some cases, as we plan our ‘focus groups,’ we may choose to reach out to some expert, by Skype or special appearance.

Summation: Each focus group will be asked to give a summary of their findings, probably on Thursday afternoon. And hopefully, a written report or at least a detailed list of possible action-solutions.

TASK TEAMS: The ultimate end of time together might be sub-committees of the Prayer Ministry effort or ‘task teams’ that agree to take on the leadership of a specific area in which our churches need to develop their prayer effort.

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January 9-11
Cleveland, TN

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New Location Office for Prayer Ministries

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

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

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

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

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

Vital Worship Grants Awarded

April 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Prayer at General Headquarters

You won’t regret coming home for a memorable day of prayer!

Bring your prayer team to Church of God General Headquarters to pray in Cleveland, TN.

Dr. Tim Hill invites Church of God pastors and members to “come home” through the Agree 17 Prayer Campaign. It’s simple. Pastors and members, especially prayer leaders and intercessors, are being invited to the International Offices of the Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee to pray.

The next Agree 17 “Come Home” prayer event is November 7-8. RSVP on the form below.

Doug Small, International Prayer Coordinator will be on hand to meet guests and he has a day of prayer planned. “We’ll meet in the rotunda that tells the story of our early years. Then, we’ll tour the campus. We’ll retrace our steps by completing prayer missions to various places on campus, for specific ministries in the three primary headquarters buildings.”

The benefit is that our people, many of whom have never been to our international offices will get the privilege of seeing the campus, learning about the denomination’s ministries, and having the opportunity to be partners in prayer. Dr. Tim Hill is challenging the church to bathe everything in prayer. “We want to plan well, but pray better!”

Those participating in the Agree 17 Come Home Campaign will be challenged to adopt a General Offices Prayer Partner. Small says, “The difference in all we do always comes back to the edge that prayer gives us! The great gift all of us can offer is the ‘gift of prayer’ to the effort of world evangelization.”

Also available is an optional field trip to Murphy to visit the historic steps of our heritage – Barney Creek, the Shearer Schoolhouse site, and the simple mountain home where the first general assembly took place.

The day-long experience will touch our early beginnings and our present-day global ministries. The primary purpose, Small says, is not merely education about our history or present ministries, but prayer mobilization. “We want our pastors and laity to adopt our international offices in prayer! We want prayer on-site, for the folks who work there daily, and those who labor around the world. We want continuous prayer, as watchers of the wall, for the ministries of the church around the world. Something happens when we pray on-site. God gives insight. Heart-bonds form. The Spirit speaks. And prayer sparks touch the world.”

Consider ‘coming home’ and bringing a van-load from your congregation to pray for the international church and its leaders.

Pray for the staff, for ministries, for global evangelism.
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Tour the facilities, drive by the Pentecostal Theological Seminary and through the campus of Lee University.
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Visit prayer tower at the North Cleveland Church of God.
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Travel to Barney Creek where it all began.
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Stand at the Shearer School site where the revival took place.
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Pray in the house that still stands, the site of the first ‘assembly.’

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Tentative Schedule

Tuesday
3:00 PM    Field trip to Shearer Site,
First Assembly meeting house
and Barney Creek

Wednesday
8:30 AM    Prayer Service
9:30 AM    Gather for Prayer – Rotunda
Campus Tour
10:00 AM    Regroup for Prayer Missions
to Various Parts of the Campus
Prayer Adoptions and Connections
11:15 AM    Chapel Service

 

News Release from the March 7 Event

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A group of 32 people from five states spent the day in southeast Tennessee, remembering and praying over the ministries of the Church of God.

The “Agree 17 Prayer Campaign” was led by Church of God Prayer Coordinator Doug Small. The day-long event was sub-titled, “It all started with a prayer meeting,” referring to the August 19, 1886 gathering of a handful of believers at the Barney Creek Meeting House, about 100 miles from Cleveland, and regarded by church historians as the birthplace of the Church of God.

The primary purpose of the campaign was to demonstrate a deliberate emphasis upon prayer for the personnel who lead the Church of God International Offices on a daily basis. Headquarters for the Church of God have been located in Cleveland, Tennessee since 1906, while other ministries, which began in later years, also maintain offices in the Southeast Tennessee city. Those include Pathway Press, Lee University, Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and numerous other ministries with roots in the Church of God.

The delegation began their day with a guided tour on the International Offices campus, which includes the World Evangelization Center, Discipleship and Education Center, and Leadership and Communications. After gathering back at the World Evangelization Center, the prayer group received instructions on specific prayer emphases and disbursed back across campus. They met and prayed with personnel for over an hour in their workspaces.

At 11:00 a.m. the on-campus event concluded with special introductions and prayer for the City of Cleveland. Guest of honor for the ceremony was Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland, who has been in office since 1991 and is the city’s longest tenured mayor.

“The impact of the Church of God is definitely felt in this city,” Rowland stated at the ceremony. “You (Church of God) bring economic blessings, but the greatest contribution is the presence of the Holy Spirit anointing men and women who go from this place and follow our Lord’s Great Commission.”

“Through the years the Church of God has exhibited a powerful presence that gives comfort and inspiration to our citizenry,” Mayor Rowland continued. “Your faithfulness has not wavered in over a century and it is my prayer and pledge that our great partnership continue for centuries to come.”

The group gathering at the 11:00 am ceremony included International Offices employees and all five members of the Executive Committee. General Overseer Tim Hill greeted the audience and made a special presentation to the mayor. First Assistant General Overseer Raymond Culpepper introduced the mayor, while Third Assistant General Overseer David Ramirez prayed a prayer of dedication between the city of Cleveland and the Church of God.

Mayor Rowland concluded his remarks by saying, “To God be the glory, for we know who holds the future for both the City of Cleveland and the great Church of God.”

HOTEL OPTIONS

Holiday Inn Express
4355 Holiday Inn Express Way NW
Cleveland, TN 37312
(423) 790-1199

Fairfield Inn
2815 Westside Dr NW
Cleveland, TN 37312
(423) 664-2501

Hampton Inn
4355 Frontage Rd NW
Cleveland, TN 37312
(423) 458-1222

Wingate
110 Interstate Dr NW
Cleveland, TN 37312
(423) 478-1212

LaQuinta
130 Interstate Dr NW
Cleveland, TN 37312
(423) 813-7300