Pastor’s conferences abound, but those specifically focused on the small congregation in rural areas or small towns are rare. America’s attention has been drawn to the mega-church. However, the mean of church attendance in the nation is 75. Ninety-percent of churches are less than 350. Some 70% of churches are single-cell congregations served by a part-time, bi-vocational pastor. In a sense, this is the backbone of America’s faith.
It is often assumed that large churches are healthy and more effective. However, recent studies indicate that church health is not a size issue. And further, that small churches can be extremely effective when equipped and refocused.
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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.
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.
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. There are resources for 37 months, then begin back at Issue 01.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
We will offer regular training in the area of prayer – for our people, leaders, intercessors, prayer evangelism, our youth and children, our families.
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.