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.