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Prayer at the General Assembly



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


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.


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.


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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