Church of God State Prayer Leaders Directory

This list represents only the states or regions that have appointed a Prayer Leader or Leadership team for their state/region and have notified the Prayer Ministries Office.

Please check the listings below and provide missing data by emailing laura@projectpray.org.

This list was last updated on January 2018.

Alabama
Team Leader:
Paul Lett
265 Hunter Ridge Ln
Pell City, AL 35128
205-515-9314
revpaulhc@aol.com

Arkansas
Team Leader:
James Decanter
3484 State Highway 42
Turrell, AR 72384-9077
870-740-8156
decanterjames@gmail.com

Team Members:
Alvin Yancey
alvin.yancey@arkansas.gov

Danny Pankey
revdpankey@sbcglobal.net

Lowell Sartin
lwlbs@yahoo.com

Danny Rigney
pastordanny@rittermail.com

Lee Parnell
hlpnjp@hotmail.com

Patrick Tucker
patricktucker4264@yahoo.com

California-Nevada
Team Leader:
Reverend Linda Querry
4848 W. Douglas Ave
Apt. #104
Visalia, CA 93291
702-348-4004 (home)
702-373-1215 (cell)
lcquerry@yahoo.com

Canada (Ontario)
Team Leader:
Madge James-Wisdom
113A Linden Ave
Scarborough, Ontario M1K 3H9
Canada
416-269-1889
madgej27@gmail.com

Team Members:
Dulcia Thomas
1 Halton Ct
Brampton, ON L6Y 5T6
905-454-8331
(C) 905-617-6622
pastorthomas2001@hotmail.com

Robert Francis
27 Talbotshire St
Ajax, ON L1S 0A6
647-965-6459
simplyrevfran@gmail.com

Andrae Blake
45 Generation Blvd
Scarborough, ON M1B 2K5
647-876-4615
bonafideblake@yahoo.com

Delton Fraser
23 Delray Dr
Markham, ON L6E 1Y6
416-543-7316
(H) 905-201-0411
delton.fraser@yahoo.ca
glaydsfraser7@gmail.com

Lisia Malcom
35 Joseph Griffith Ln
North York, ON M3L 0C8
416-574-9682
lismalcom@hotmail.com

Cordell Thorpe
7820 McLaughlin Rd S, Apt 812
Brampton, ON L6Y 4W3
905-874-6889
(C) 416-500-9298
cthorpe@rogers.com

Canada (Quebec)
Team Leader:
Paul Leslie
514-591-7431
manofgodpl@hotmail.com

Canada (Western)
Team Leader:
Sylvonne Layne
15 Gull Wing Bay
Winnipeg, MB R3X 1E5
Canada
204-253-5131 (home)
204-471-2514 (cell)
slayne@shaw.ca

Delmarva
Team Leader:
Fletcher and Cathy Wright
6724 Bock Road
Ft. Washington, MD 20744
(301) 567-9500 (office)
(301) 567-2344 (home)
(301) 257-3439 (cell)
clrw49@hotmail.com

Team Members:
Dwayne and Donna Dixon
29620 Dover Acres Road
Easton, MD 21601
(410) 822-3088 (office)
(410) 822-2034 (home)
(410) 924-7770 (cell)
dixiecup@goeaston.net

Lovell and Verna Wilson
1802 Birch Bay Ct.
Frederick, MD 21702
(301) 663-5444 x3003 (office)
(301) 695-7526 (home)
(301) 606-5060 (cell)
lwilson@maranatha-cog.org
heraldangel17@aol.com

David and Ruth Davis
Rt. 1 Box 126
Elk Garden, WV 26717
(301) 334-3221 (office)
(304) 446-5470 (home)
(304) 257-3439 (cell)
llcog@msn.com

Rick and Patricia Felton
(240) 393- 1682 (Rick cell)
rickfelton1@verizon.net
(240) 393-1683 (Patricia cell)
pat.c.felton@gmail.com

Jude and Susie Nowak
Jude- (443) 463-6341 (Jude cell)
Susie-(443) 463-6341 (Susie cell)
judensooz@gmail.com

Marie Bideshi
(301) 694-0472

Florida (North)
Team Leader:
Thomas Odom
Ocoee Church of God
1105 N Lakewood Ave
Ocoee, FL 34761
(407) 656-8011 Ext 1110
todom@ocoeecog.com

Florida (South)
Team Leader:
Ester Calderon
411 SW 182nd Way
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029
954-871-9539
emorell9@gmail.com

Georgia (North)
Team Leader:
Carroll Allen
140 Courtney Lane
Rossville, GA 30741
706-866-5074
423-902-9742
revallen2@bellsouth.net

Team Members:
Jacob King
2001 Liberty Square Dr.
Cartersville, GA 30121
770-382-9489 (office)
770-769-4016 (home)
678-899-5244 (cell)
jking@libertysq.org

Jung Sun Bell
1255 Bramlett Blvd.
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
404-997-9564
victoryinternationalchurch@gmail.com

Shane Bailey
1844 Old CCC Camp Rd
Chatsworth, GA 30705
706-695-9388
r.shanebailey@gmail.com

TJ McBride
635 Jefferson Cir
Atlanta, GA 30328
678-272-0914
timothyjmcbride@yahoo.com

Joseph Raymond
1906 Chadberry Walk
Stockbridge, GA 30281
404-429-8772
raymond18@bellsouth.net

Howard Strickland
612 Shenandoah Dr NE
Calhoun, GA 30701
706-263-3334
howard@craneeater.com

Adam Wright
46 Buchanan Ln
Clayton, GA 30525
706-490-3331
adamcarla@att.net

Jerry Lynn Young
340 Ivanhoe Dr
Fayetteville, GA 30215
678-817-0967
jly121566@aol.com

Georgia (South)
Team Leader:
Larry Daughtry
6670 New Jesup Hwy
Brunswick, GA 31523-4100
229-391-0461
Daughtry46@msn.com

Team Member:
Gary Walker
183 Hwy 96 E
Jeffersonville, Ga 31044
478-335 8473
pastorgmw@gmail.com

Great Lakes Region (Wisconsin/Chicago)
Team Leader:
Arthur Guice
160 Constance Lane
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 308-6187
fogministries@comcast.net

Hawaii
Team Leader:
Lek White
45-578 Lokea Pl
Kaneohe, HI 96744
808-561-1855
whitehawaii@gmail.com

Heartlands (Oklahoma-Kansas)
Team Leader: TBD

Team Members:
Lavon Abitbol
2850 Park Street
Claremore, OK 74107
918- 341-4246 (cell)
918 – 409-7604 (home)
a1lavon@yahoo.com

Robert and Paula Peterson
Church: New Hope Church of God
509 Regent Street
Ardmore, OK
(580) 223-9404
pastorrsp@sbcglobal.net

Sharon Simmons
4700 Alameda Street
Norman, OK 73026
405-618-4755
405-618-4755
SHARONfirstlady@yahoo.com

Ken Angel
622 N. Townsend Street
Ada, OK 74280
580-332-1429
580-320-1117
pastorangel@sbcglobal.net

Helen and Gary Barnhart
104 W. Thompson Drive
Kingfisher, OK 73750
405-375-6090
TrinityPastor@yahoo.com

Cheryl Lawson
PO Box 1835
Muskogee, OK 74402
918-680-0027
hungi4more2000@yahoo.com

Gerry and Barb Dupuis
2106 W Rose Lane
Ulysses, KS 67880
(620) 356-3888 (office)
(620) 575-5562 (cell)
revgerry@pld.com

Tammy Metz
19215 E Shannon Dr
Claremore, OK 74019
DMOKTM@aol.com

Hispanic East Central Region
Team Leader:
Orlando Valenzuela
2020 Bates Pike SE, Apt 404
Cleveland, TN 37311
(405) 694-3170
orlandovalenzuela@yahoo.com

Hispanic North Central Region
Team Leader:
Flavio Nunez
160 Ringneck Lane
Bloomingdale, Illinois 60108
(630) 745-0241
pastorflavio47@yahoo.com

Hispanic North Western Region
Team Leader:
Alvin and Lizbeth Perez
21440 SE 299th Way
Kent, WA 98042
(787) 602-3662
(787) 602-6058
lizbeth.matos@hotmail.com
alvinabed@hotmail.com

Hispanic South Central Region
Team Leader:
Frank Espinoza
1540 Jami Rd
Pleasanton, TX 78064
(830) 399-0317
frankeharley@yahoo.com

Hispanic South Western Region
Team Leader:
Imelda Tucker
31756 Loma Linda Rd
Temecula, CA 92592
(323) 807-9112
imeldatucker@yahoo.com

Illinois
Team Leader: TBD

Team Members:
David Mays
110 Grayson Rd.
Eldorado, IL 62930
(618) 273-5035 (home)
(618) 978-2011 (cell)
eldoradocog@frontier.com

Rod Joplin
407 Stonebrook
Benton, IL 62812
(618) 439-3833 (office)
(618) 438-0841 (home)
(618) 218-1796 (cell)
pjoplin@nlcg.net

Eric Wyzard
114 West Alden Place
Dekalb, IL 60115
(815) 758-6557 (office)
(815) 501-1455 (cell)
ericwyzard@hotmail.com

Tod W. Parchman
149 State Hwy. 37
West Franfort, IL 62896
(618) 937-4766
todparchman@hotmail.com

Brian Mixon
1258 Garretts Prairie Road
West Frankfort, Il 62896
(618) 627-2526 (office)
618-937-6330 (home)
(618) 922-6278 (cell)
brian.mixon1@us.army.mil
Brian.mixon1@USAR.army.mil

A. Ted and Judith Ann Anderson III
1716 Harlan Rd.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 244-1337 (office)
(618) 214-3879 (cell)
ted-anderson@sbcglobal.net
judithann49@yahoo.com

Indiana
Team Leaders:
Sam and Judy Abbott
(219) 942-8777 (office)
(219) 688-3449 (cell)
smabbott@truevine.net

Team Members:
Steve and Pam Gwaltney
5860 East Valley View Drive
Lexington IN 47138
(812) 794-3182 (office)
(812) 820-1792 (cell)
pamog@aol.com

Mark and Enola Joplin
2535 South Miller Street
Shelbyville IN 46176
(317) 398-4787 (office)
(317) 364-1010 (cell)
mjoplin@msn.com

Terry Owens
2401 Curdes Ave
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
260 484-6910
(260) 413-7314
t.m.owens@att.net

Kentucky
Team Leaders:
David and Carletta Douglas
Cathedral Church of God
3313 Lexington Road
Winchester, KY 40391
859-745-2442 (home)
859-771-8602 (cell)
carlettadouglas@gmail.com
ddouglas1950@gmail.com

Team Members:
Sylvester and Frances Dunn
syl_dunn40906@yahoo.com
snowflake40906@yahoo.com
606-627-0379
606-521-0159

Todd and Rhonda Claypoole
606-625-0274
claypooletodd@gmail.com

Ruford and Connie Abner
606-784-8788
rabner208@hotmail.com

Merrill and Paula Collins
606-216-4142
merrill.collins@perry.kyschool.us

Stephen and Miriam Lyons
859-410-1109
pastor@growthtemple.org

Chris and Amanda Combs
859-462-6105
revchris@gmail.com

Steve and Heather Kirkland
606-671-0794
jstevekirkland@gmail.com

Jonathan and Sherrie Boling
502-552-7605
pastor@solidrocklouisville.com

Kenneth and Brenda Yates
270-366-1428
kbroken33@comcast.net

Carl and Donna Smalls
270-268-1131
apostle@rworshipc.org

William and Brenda Geary
270-820-5658
williamthemangeary@yahoo.com

Roman and Amy Krywyn
270-925-1800
roman.krywyn@yahoo.com
mipetoskey@yahoo.com
270-925-3505

Louisiana
Team Leader:
Jackie and Laurie Pounders
22191 Sharp’s Chapel Road
Bush, LA 70431
(985) 892-2997 (home)
(985) 630-6290 (cell)
bishoppounders@yahoo.com

Team Members:
Nolan and Stephanie Francis
191 Woodbury Dr
Houma, LA 70364-2381
985-223-0804
985-688-8494
serfrchrist@hotmail.com

Beverly Sistrunk
1109 Larkina St
Bastrop, LA 71220
318-556-2717

Michigan
Team Leader:
Debra Schilling
5303 Orchard Dr
East China, MI 48054
586.567.4941
demarc514@aol.com

Team Members:
Faith Walden
9600 Sil St
Taylor, MI
daandfa@gmail.com
568-567-8604

Bill & Sandra McKay
wdmckay81@yahoo.com
810-687-1457

Melody Nichols
arizeshine@sbcglobal.net
734-818-7314

Wayne Terry
Jwayne1224@me.com
586-703-7473

Midlands: Iowa/Nebraska
Team Leader:
Diana Angran
Solid Rock Church of God
1300 Rock Valley Rd
Centerville, IA 52544
(641) 856-8308
641-436-1243 (cell)
dangran@hotmail.com

Ministry to the Military
USA Team Leader:
Jennie Humann
MTTM USA
jmhumann@gmail.com

Mississippi
Team Leader:
Pettis Brewer
2083 Old Richton Rd
Petal, MS 39465
(601) 545-9909
purviscog@comcast.net

Team Members:
Brett Cooper
10680 CR 101
Union, MS 39365
601/656-1536
601-650-8182 (cell)
tinyb63@aol.com

Larry Hays
700 Church Rd East
Southaven, MS 38671
662/349-1337
601-807-4097 (cell)
plowline2@yahoo.com

Randy Rigney
431 Old Hwy 13 S
Morton, MS 39117
601/732-8017
601-927-5865 (cell)
wrr-12@peoplepc.com

Ronnie Walters
1501 Old Fannin Rd
Flowood, MS 39232
601-790-4443
601-613-7166 (cell)

Missouri
Team Leader: TBD

Team Member:
Leta Padgett
314-729-0704 ext.17
314-787-7480
Lpadgett@trwc.com

New England (Northern)
Team Leader:
Frank Siciliano
Park Avenue Church of God
29 Park Ave
Portland, ME 04101
207-807-5443
pastorfranksic@gmail.com

New England (Southern)
Team Leader:
N. Bibiche Zagabe-Ndiku
39 Bryn Mawr Ave
Auburn, MA 01501
508-459-8688 (home)
508-847-4554 (cell)
gpc.pastor@live.com

New Jersey
Team Leader:
Joann Garzarella
732-409-2923
joanngarzarella@aol.com

Team Leader:
Philip Bonaparte
609-658-8702
pastor@newhopecog.com

New Mexico/El Paso, Texas
Team Leader:
Carl Dawson
421 West Ave I
Lovington, NM 88260
575-396-0095 (home)
cfdawson69@gmail.com

Team Member:
Hosea and Mabel Melendez
3700 Hveco Valley Dr, #3906
El Paso, TX 79938
915-849-0557 (cell)
915-474-3975
jm.mel4christ@yahoo.com

New York
Team Leader:
Paul & Ingrid Peart
718-514-3071
revpaulpeart@yahoo.com

Team Members:
Tyrone Tyson

Christopher and Debbie Capaldo
Area: Long Island Rep.
8 Applewood Road
Saint James, NY 11780
Home: (631) 584-4240 (home)
(631)-413-0777
pastorchris7@optonline.net

Errol & Glenda Rougier
Area: Queens Representatives
917-691-4133
errolrougier@gmail.com

Bruggard & Reyette Brutus
Area: Brooklyn Representatives
(516)-343-5871
churchofgodremsen@yahoo.com

Clifford & Carona Thompson
Area: Westchester Representatives
(914)-664-1599
cliffordthompson977@gmail.com

Lennie & Marva Pennicott
Area: Bronx Representatives
(347) 684-4280
plennie@yahoo.com

Althea & Tommy Baines
Area: Upstate Representatives
(716) 903-8300
rev.baines@yahoo.com

North Carolina (Eastern)
Team Leader:
Tim Cowan
101 West C St
Erwin, NC 28339
Home: 910.897.8228
erwincog@yahoo.com

Team Members:
Richard Dial
204 Misty Groves Cir
Morrisville, NC 27560
919.632.6370 (cell)

Joe Ferguson
PO Box 38
Bunn, NC 27508
919.340.4591
newhopepastorjoe@embarqmail.com

North Carolina (Western)
Team Leader:
Andre Hester
Monroe Deliverance Center
1000 Little Rock Court
Monroe, NC 28110
(704) 635-8235 (home)
(704) 517-4481 (cell)
andrehester7@gmail.com

Team Members:
Aaron Powers
Gate City Church of God
110 E. Newlyn St.
Greensboro, NC 27408
(336) 542-0506 (home)
(336) 953-8914 (cell)
bishop.powers@gmail.com

Stewart Lankford
Bethlehem Church of God
PO Box 6324
Bethlehem Station
Hickory, NC 28603
(828) 495-7759 (home)
(828) 244-8200 (cell)
stewart.lankford@gmail.com

Calvin Grier
West Charlotte Church of God
3406 Pine Meadow Drive
Charlotte, NC 28269
(704) 598-5250 (home)
(704) 905-4005 (cell)
cgrier1@msn.com

Shane Silvers
Whittier Church of God
PO Box 129
Whittier, NC 28789
(828) 497-6262 (office)
(828) 497-9238 (home)
(336) 269-4440 (cell)
silvers4christ@yahoo.com

North Central Region: Dakotas and Montana
Team Leader:
DeVawn Beckman
7601 54th Ave. NW
Minot, ND 58703
701-720-2911
revdev@srt.com

Team Members:
Ronnie Vetch
9000 5th Street
Bowdle, SD 57428
605 285 6414
revronvetch@icloud.com

Reese Hamar
PO Box 1164
Dillon, MT 59725
406 925 2801
reesehamar@gmail.com

Ohio
Team Leader:
Rich and Angel Boll
6770 Georgetown Ln
Madison, OH 44057
angelbollmnm@gmail.com
bishopboll@sbcglobal.net

Team Members:
Queen Williams
PO Box 6606
Canton, OH 44706
330-209-4684
qwilliams1206@gmail.com

Jane Smith
12709 Misty Ave
Union Town, OH 44685
330-267-6075
djsmith059@att.net

Gerald Murphy
336 Mogul Dr
Galloway, OH 43119
614-832-5715
gmurphy@pottershouse.org

Derek Wooten
4236 N Gensen Loop
Cincinnati, OH 45245
803-372-8837
dwooten@apministries.com

Pacific Northwest
Team Leader:
Barbara Mathews
8713 Tieton Dr.
Yakima, WA 98908
509-965-0075 (office)
509-941-3254 (cell)
wdp@pnwcog.org

Team Members:
Keith and Hae Suk Arensmeyer
307 E. F St.
Shelton, WA 98584
360-462-0053 (home)
360-951-2341 (cell)
keitharensmeyer@yahoo.com

Aminiasi and Sala Vakalala
3418 Serene Way
Lynnwood, WA
206-396-9075 (cell)
425-742-2624 (home)
salavakalala@comcast.net

David and Faith White
2323 53rd St. SE
Auburn, WA 98092
425-773-3029 (David cell)
425-773-5944 (Faith cell)
victorylifectr@aol.com
faith98037@yahoo.com

Pennsylvania
Team Leader:
David W Martin
7378 Dar Lane
North East, PA 16428
814-725-4994 (home)
814-384-2310 (cell)
ndp4pa@gmail.com

Co-Team Leader:
Delphine Allen
163 Hawthorne Ct
Wyomissing, PA 19610
330-289-5886 (home)
330-283-5886 (cell)
delphine-allen@comcast.net

Robert Brookins
816 Acacia Ave
Reading, PA 19605
610-921-2216 (home)
330-283-5886 (cell)
rebrookinssr@verizon.net

Carmen and Rose Butler
1505 Leishman Ave
Arnold, PA 15068
724-335-0994 (home)
724-681-8894 (cell)
cobutler@verizon.net
rmbutler2@verizon.net

Baby Daniel
727 Stratford Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19115
215-671-0859
pastorbdaniel@hotmail.com

Dorothy Hilliard
208 Market St
Warren, PA 16365
814-313-1707 (home)
716-581-0537 (cell)
hilliardd71649@hotmail.com

Felix Poyser
1315 Moore Ave
Yeadon, PA 19050
610-394-6472 (home)
215-869-7781 (cell)
pervmat@aol.com

Gerald Prentice
631 Weiser St
Reading, PA 19601
610-378-0416 (home)
610-763-0601 (cell)
gpsp631@aol.com

Rocky Mountain Region (Colorado-Utah-Wyoming)
Team Leader:
David Naranjo
3415 W 34th Street Rd.
Greeley, CO 80634
970-405-0606 (cell)
970-330-6082 (office)
970-356-4509 (home)
davidleenaranjo@comcast.net

South Carolina
Team Leader:
Peggy Scarborough
1561 Dick Pond Road
Myrtle Beach SC 29575
843.650.2407
dr1peggy@gmail.com

Tennessee
Team Leader:
Roland Sharp
285 Grove Ave NW
Cleveland, TN 37311
931-212-4166
rolandmsharp@yahoo.com

Texas
Team Leader:
Steven Molton
The Bridge Church of God
PO Box 7351
Fort Worth, TX 76111
817-834-4506 (office)
817-262-8971 (cell)
stevemolton@gmail.com

Team Member:
A.D. Fretwell
365 W College St
Lewisville, TX 75067
214-435-4604
pastorfretwell@gmail.com

Virginia
Team Leader:
Sam Belisle
Celebration Church
4429 Buck Mountain Rd
Roanoke, VA 24018
office@celebrationcog.org

West Virginia
Team Leader:
Darrell Buttram, Jr.
123 Larkspur Drive
Huntington, WV 25701
304-617-2301 (home)
304-522-7160 (office)
304-523-6203 (cell)
pastor@tenthavecog.com

Team Members:
Stacey Dingess
New Beginnings Worship Center
307 Broad St
Summerville, WV 26651
304-872-4469
rsd0912@gmail.com

Rudell Bloomfield
Mountain View Church of God
PO Box 1246
Oak Hill, WV 25901-1246
304-465-5511
arudyB@msn.com

Harold Newsome
Crosspoint Church of God
3066 S Chicos Rd
Kearneysville, WV 25430
304-261-1276
hrnewsome@netzero.com

State Prayer Leader and Team

To encourage an intentional prayer effort among the churches and pastors of the Church of God denomination, the Church of God Prayer Ministries Office sets forth a leadership network of prayer coordinators with a prayer leader assigned for each state/region. This leader also needs around a team. The State Prayer Team should be built with the state/regional structure in mind. Then supplement the constituency for the purpose of diversity (men and women, young and old, laity and ministry, ethnic diversity, etc.). Finally, perhaps most importantly, build ministry capacity and calling into the team. Who has a passion to carry the torch in your state for youth and children’s prayer, to mobilize intercessors, to recover the family altar, to raise up prayer support for UPGs, and church planters? This last layer is the critical component that allows us to begin to mobilize and resource prayer at every level.

Below is a description of a State/Regional Prayer Coordinator. To learn more about this leadership role purchase the State Prayer Leader Guidebook for your Leader and Prayer Team.

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Submit your State Prayer Leader or Team Members

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Title of the position: State/Regional Prayer Coordinator

Reports to: Administrative Bishop; Collaborates with International Prayer Coordinator.

Overall responsibility: To promote prayer among the ministers and the churches, to develop a strategy to undergird the leaders and efforts, the ministers and churches of the state in prayer; to encourage churches to be intentional in their prayer effort.

  1. The State Prayer Coordinator needs to be allowed to leverage the influence of the Administrative Bishop. That demands a person in whom the Bishop has both deep confidence and personal trust, a hand-glove relationship is desired.
  2. Prayer should be a part of the process of decision making and programming.
  3. Where possible, a state should commit resources to the prayer ministry needs. Funding priorities make a theological statement. A budgetary crisis should not deter prayer efforts, but deepen prayer resolve. In any case, people who are genuinely called to pray will do so without pay. So a volunteer process can never be thwarted from moving forward by financial constraints.
  4. It is typically not recommended that the Administrative Bishop, the Evangelism Director or a Pastor be the State Prayer Coordinator. Each case may be unique. However, the position will require a significant time commitment. Pastors in the state may find it easier to work with a respected layman or retired pastor rather than a peer.

Key areas of responsibility

  1. Bring prayer to the heart of every ministry endeavor.
  2. Encourage pastors to be people of prayer.
  3. Encourage local churches to name a prayer leadership team and participate in the ‘praying church movement.’
  4. Identify intercessors across the state.
  5. Provide on-going training in the area of prayer, the family altar, intercession, effective prayer meetings, and prayer evangelism.
  6. Conduct state-wide and regional prayer gatherings.
  7. Develop a multi-year strategy for the prayer-evangelism effort.

Consults with:

  1. The Administrative Bishop regularly.
  2. The International Coordinator of Prayer Ministries regularly.
  3. State team members.
  4. Local church prayer team members and pastors regarding their needs.
  5. State intercessors network.

Qualifications:

  1. The Prayer Coordinator should be a person of prayer.
  2. They should have some success in leading prayer efforts.
  3. They should have the respect of pastors and ministers in the state.
  4. They may be a pastor, minister or non-credentialed lay leader in good standing with their local church, male or female.
  5. In addition to a passion for prayer, they should exhibit leadership skills.

Recommendations for the State Prayer Leader and Team:

  1. The role of the Prayer Coordinator and the State Prayer Team is to work toward integrating prayer into every aspect of state and local church life. This will typically require primary leadership to create and expand state-wide prayer ministry.
  2. Make prayer a cornerstone for everything done in and through the state and the churches.
  3. Develop a state-wide communication network. Use electronic technology. If possible, use the State News, the State website. Send information for posting to the www.praycog.org site.
  4. Survey the pastors and staff for prayer needs.
  5. Report to the Prayer Team and local churches what’s happening around the state in prayer.
  6. Discover and disseminate different prayer strategies. Share the unique adaptation of prayer strategies. Help leaders learn from each other.
  7. Encourage participation in denomination prayer efforts.
  8. Don’t Make Prayer a Program. Begin small, mentor and train individuals. Keep the focus on a relationship with Christ.

 

Additional Guidelines for Appointing the State Prayer Leadership Team

COMPOSITION

The prayer leadership team should reflect the composition of your state – men and women, young and old with ethnic diversity. Couples work well, though the team need not be exclusively composed of couples. Laypersons or credential ministers who are retired or serve in an associate role, particularly outstanding local church prayer coordinators, make great choices.

SIZE

There is no size limitation. Ideally, the team will be in the range of at least ten-to-twelve.

 

TENURE

The team will serve at the pleasure of the Administrative Bishop. Longer terms will allow the team to develop significant relationships throughout the state and see the completion of various initiatives. Consider four-to-six year terms. 20% of the prayer team should be new leadership every 24 months for fresh input. Develop a tenure model with that in mind. Team members rotating off may be eligible to serve again, and may be viewed as advisors to the state-wide prayer process.

PASSION

People of prayer tend to have special and specific passions. When you appoint your team, these elements should be reflected in your team – intercessory prayer, pastoral prayer support, prayer evangelism (prayer walking, missions), personal prayer, church-based prayer ministries, the family and prayer, prayer rooms/centers, prayer teams, prophetic intercession, prayer watches, leading prayer gatherings, etc. Finding such people with both a passion for prayer and a capacity for leadership, with varied prayer interests will insure a broad prayer emphasis in your state.

GEOGRAPHY

Your team should be chosen with their potential contribution in mind, not the convenience of their location to the state office. The geographic distribution of the team throughout the state may be important if you are considering regional representation or initiatives. Otherwise, choose the best team for the state/region regardless of their residential location.

FREQUENCY OF MEETING

Encourage the team to meet together, face-to-face, at least quarterly, if for no other reason, than to pray. If possible, plan the meeting when the Administrative Bishop can meet with them for at least a portion of the time. Encourage the team to connect via conference call monthly to review the prayer needs of the state.

INITIATIVE

Allow the group to be creative, to follow the imaginative leadership of the Spirit with regard to prayer initiatives – prayer chains, prayer walks/missions, pastoral prayer support, state office prayer support and more.

CONNECTIONS

The website – www.praycog.org – will serve the process. It will allow for prayer teams to connect with one another and share breakthrough stories and ideas for stimulating prayer.

Once state prayer teams are in place, our goal is to encourage local churches to appoint prayer leadership teams or at the very least, a local church prayer coordinator. The state prayer teams will seek to resource and encourage the pastors and prayer leaders who have identified themselves as seeking to move a prayer process forward in their congregation. In addition, the international prayer coordinator will seek to connect and resource both state and local church prayer leadership teams.

 

 

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