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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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 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.”

There is a modest registration fee onsite for the materials and the training. For more information about the Associate Presenter program go to: www.projectpray.org/associate-presenters.

 

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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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.

Listen to recordings of past calls>

Promote Saturday Night Fire:

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

Download this flyer>

Download this bulletin insert>

Use these downloadable images:

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FINISH Commitment

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.”

Declare your pledge to prayer as part of the FINISH Commitment by completing this form>

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.

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

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:

Learn how you can visit and pray at General Headquarters>

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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Watch this video from General Overseer Tim Hill:

Seven Markers of a Praying Church

  1. Led by a praying pastor, aided by a prayer leadership team, we commit to bring prayer to the heart of all we do! “Without Christ, we can do nothing!” Without prayer, we fail to invite Him into the process. Therefore, our resources – spiritual and material – our plans and programs, we will bathe in prayer.
  2. We will encourage at-home, daily, to-be-like-Jesus praying. We will reestablish our personal and family altars. We will embrace the discipline of daily times with God, with one another as couples, and as families until daily prayer is a delight, and we take joy in spending private time with God. We will champion the idea of personal prayer rooms/closets.
  3. We will call our congregation to regular prayer, with the goal of establishing a regular weekly prayer meeting for the entire church. We will make the prayer meeting as important as Sunday morning singing and preaching. We will emphasize special days of prayer laced prayer into the fabric of the Sunday worship service. We want a pervasive movement of prayer, not merely prayer activities. Eventually, we will offer numerous ways to connect in prayer – prayer groups, prayer chains, embedded intercessors for various ministries and more.
  4. We will honor those who carry a special calling to pray – intercessors. We will identify intercessors, encourage them, train them, team them, deploy them and debrief them. But we will not confine the intercessory ministry to this team; rather, we will see them as models for prayer, as those with white-hot hearts whom God has called to be at the hidden forefront of spiritual beachheads we are called to claim. We want a spirit of intercession to grip our entire church, a spirit of prayer – and particularly, prayer for others, selfless prayer, prayer for the lost, prayer for the nations, prayer for spiritual awakening!
  5. We will engage in prayer evangelism, turning prayer outward onto the neighborhood, the city, state and nation, and we will adopt a mission field for prayer, one near and one far. We will pray for the harvest. We will seek to identify the people for whom God has made us most responsible, and we will begin the process of evangelism in prayer, look for ways to care, and steward the opportunities to share the gospel. We will employ the strategy of the ‘three Greats’ – we will pray, care and look for opportunities to share the good news.
  6. We will offer regular training in the area of prayer – for our people, leaders, intercessors, prayer evangelism, our youth and children, our families.
  7. We will work toward the creation of a prayer room or center, a physical space dedicated to prayer at our church, and we will encourage the use of such a space by members and prayer groups. We will provide resources for prayer that run through all our departments, until we have a praying church and not merely a prayer ministry.