Prayer at the General Assembly

PRAYER LEADERS TRAINING

Monday, July 30
Church of God General Assembly – Room 204

9:00am-noon

Learn about the Praying Church Movement – a group of congregations that have committed to bring prayer to the heart of all they do.

“A few years ago, Church of God Prayer Ministries launched the ‘Praying Church Movement’ to identify pastors and congregations that wanted to raise the standard of prayer and steward their prayer effort more effectively. The movement,” Doug Small, International Coordinator for Church of God Prayer Ministries says, “quickly became interdenominational. It grew beyond our boundaries. Now, there are almost a thousand congregations, inside and outside of our movement, intent on become a ‘house of prayer for the nations.’”

At the General Assembly, we are anticipating a fresh launch of the praying church movement. Pastors and people of prayer, state prayer leaders and others, are invited to the three-hour learning experience 9 am-noon. Small says, “The fundamental problem is that we don’t intentionally steward prayer, nor do we grow the dimensions of prayer. We assume, wrongly, that we only need more prayer – but more bad, self-interested prayer will not help us. We need a healthier theology of prayer. Creative prayer approaches and practices, especially with the youth and children.”

Dr. J. David Stephens will begin the training experience. A collage of ideas and resources will be presented by Doug Small, Prayer Coordinator, laced into moments of prayer. Attendees will receive complimentary prayer resources.

“Our goal,” Small says, “is a prayer leader in every nation. A global prayer movement. A million people praying for revival and great awakening.”

A $25 donation for the training will be collected at the onsite.

1:30pm-4:00pm

Almost a hundred-thousand people have attended a School of Prayer presented by Doug Small and Project Pray. Now, the ministry, is training trainers.

Attend a workshop that introduces you to the possibility of becoming a certified School of Prayer presenter in your state. Doug Small will conduct the training. The focus will be on the resources in the School, ‘Prayer – the Heart of it All.’ State Prayer Leaders and team members, local church prayer leaders are invited to attend this training.

Once certified, presenters will utilize the resource kits produced by Project Pray, complete with PowerPoint, videos, books and workbooks, and leader’s guides – and offer seminars in local congregations. Those brief encounters with prayer materials are intended to move the church into a 6-12 week study on prayer.

“Our goal,” Small says, “is to transform a prayer learning event into a learning process that engages the entire congregation. To do that across our whole movement, we need an army of prayer trainers and advocates.”

A $25 registration fee will be collected onsite for the materials and the training. For more information about the Associate Presenter program go to: www.projectpray.org/associate-presenters.

Attend both the morning and afternoon training for $40.

INTERACTIVE PRAYER ROOM EXPERIENCE

There will be a prayer room set-up at the General Assembly with interactive prayer displays. The room will be open Tuesday-Friday, 9am-7pm. Special prayer sessions will be live-streamed via Facebook every hour on the hour. Interviews will be conduced with visiting international and regional leaders.

You can sign-up to be a Watchman in the prayer room, where you oversee a 3-hour shift of intercessory prayer. As a Watchman, you recruit others to be in the prayer room praying during your shift, answer questions of those in the prayer room and oversee the prayer stations. You can also join in prayer with participants.

The prayer room will be full of innovative ideas for enriching prayer. A guide will walk you through the different interactive stations set-up for prayer.

Lining the walls will be 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!”

One of the prayer stations is a mock-up of the Wailing Wall. Participants can pin the names of loved ones yet to be saved to the wall. There is a carpet map of the United States and the world along with maps where you can mark cities that you have prayed for.

Streaming all day long are videos of the nations. More than a hundred nations showcased in beautifully created prayer videos, each some four-to-five minutes long. Another visual presentation featured are unreached peoples from around the world, showing the regions of the world in which they typically live, representative faces, and statistics on the degree to which the gospel had penetrated their group.

You can form a prayer circle or walk the prayer room and pray over the many prayer requests that are sent to the room.

Doug Small, international prayer coordinator says, “The prayer room is the best kept secret of the General Assembly.”

Register for Prayer Training or Sign-up to be a Watchman

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General Assembly Livestream Interviews

This year, at the Church of God General Assembly, we will livestream interviews from the Prayer Ministries booth in the Exhibit Hall throughout the day, Tuesday-Friday.

Would you be available for an interview at some point during the Assembly? We are looking at a 15-20 minute on-camera exchange. It will be very informal. The focus will be on a prayer-evangelism-mission related topic. It may be a story you bring to the interview. It may be an insight you want to share.

Not only will these moments be livestreamed, but they will also be archived and available later for review. And of course, available for your use.

I want to use the General Assembly as a time to showcase what is happening around the world, and throughout the United States as a result of fervent prayer.

I know your contribution would be meaningful and would add to the prayer effort.

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General Assembly Prayer Initiative Lunch

You are invited to a luncheon on Tuesday, July 31, 12:00 p.m., at the General Assembly, to discuss a new prayer mobilization initiative.

I have an unrelenting burden to see a global prayer network around the world!

This would entail a designated and empowered Prayer Coordinator/Mobilizer for every nation. It would also entail a regional peer Prayer Trainer/Mobilizer, the first among equals, who would serve other leaders in a cluster of nations. Finally, it would involve a team of global mentors who would encourage the network, train the trainers, travel, as funds and time allowed, to encourage our churches to be ‘houses of prayer for the nations.’

Dr. Hill has expressed a vision for a million intercessors around the world.

Every Great Awakening – all of them, were first revivals of prayer. Passionate prayer. Selfless prayer. Prayer that focused not on the hand of God for provision, but on the face of God, for transformation.

Imagine a global tide of stewarded prayer – prayer every hour of the day, from Church of God people around the world. Prayer that was informed by a clear vision of Unreached Peoples. Prayer that was at its heart worship, but at its edge mission.

Right now, we have identified about 70 nations where we have prayer leaders. The goal, over the next year, would be to identify prayer leaders in 184 nations. Of those, identify key indigenous, prayer trainer-mobilizers and recruit a team that can encourage them, by region and nation, resource and travel to teach and train.

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Pentecost Sunday

Sometimes we need something to jump start the process of fulfilling the Great Commission. We need a goal to mobilize people. The next three Pentecost Sundays, beginning in 2018, are designated as days of prayer.

  • May 20, 2018: Prayer—Pentecostals everywhere praying. We are a people borne out of prayer. Motivating pastors and prayer leaders to pray.
  • June 9, 2019: Care—Demonstrating care; mobilizing our compassion coalition, love your neighbor campaign.
  • May 31, 2020: Share—Pentecostals sharing their faith, missional praying.

This is a tactical exercise to awaken our churches to the 2030 goal of fulfilling the Great Commission, to become missional churches. “Prayer is at its heart worship and at its end mission. In between God meets our needs,” Doug Small stated. What we’ve done, however, is make prayer all about our needs.

There may be a half million or more churches collectively within the Pentecostal church framework. What if we could call the church back to prayer? What if we could get the love of Jesus in our hearts? What if we could challenge the 98% of people in our churches who do not share their faith outside the church to begin to pray for other people and conversationally tell their story?

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Saturday Night Fire

Every Saturday Night at 9PM EST

Call in number: 641-715-35800

Access Code: 466086

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

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

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

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Promote Saturday Night Fire:

Share with your church. Email your local pastors. Post to your social media.

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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 18 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.

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 18 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, 2017 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.”

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Agree 18 Prayer Campaign

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 18 Prayer Campaign:

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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 will be mailed and emailed from the Church of God Prayer Ministries Office.

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 commitment; for revival in your congregation and awakening in North America and beyond. Download a list of churches assigned>

What you can do:

  1. Have a time of uncommon prayer during your Sunday morning service for global revival and the movement called the Church of God.
  2. 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 laura@projectpray.org.
  3. Post information to your church website or social media.
  4. Consider opening the church for prayer during the week.
  5. Set-up a prayer chain or a prayer conference call. Let’s engage our people in praying for the harvest, near and far.
  6. 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.
  7. Encourage your congregation to join the Saturday Night Fire Call; 9:00 PM EST; Call in number: 641-715-3580; Access Code: 466086.
  8. Review the many prayer opportunities available through Church of God Prayer Ministries on this website.

Resources:

  • 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

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