Video Song: "As We Pray" featuring Thomas Miller
Producer: Walker Beach
Copyright: Gateway Worship, October 9, 2012
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What an amazing time we had at the 2022 Ignite gathering in Atlanta. Pastors and church leaders from around the country came for 3 Christ-encountering days. Watch this recap from Jon Mitchell.
Video Song: "As We Pray" featuring Thomas Miller
Producer: Walker Beach
Copyright: Gateway Worship, October 9, 2012
In June Jon Mitchell and Joshua Bencomo kicked off a partnership with a denominational district in the southwest. Several churches from the El Paso area gathered for a two-day deeper life conference. There was a tremendous amount of repentance and significant times of prayer and worship. One pastor wrote us and said, “This gathering had an amazing impact at our church. Several people have deleted their social media accounts and this Sunday we had...the best service we’ve ever had. Holy Spirit showed up and took over. Thanks for sharing such eye-opening revelation. [Our church] is committed to being an upper room praying church!”
God is using the College of Prayer to prepare the church in the United States for a great revival. While our growth internationally has been catalytic, we are now significantly gaining ground in more churches, regions, and church networks in our own country. Praise the Lord!
New U.S. campuses have launched already this year including:
Many new churches are accessing our Revival Now Media platform and using our small group videos series. One church recently wrote us telling us they had over 100 participate in The Seven Wounds of Christ series.
We are rallying hundreds of pastors to join us for our 2022 iGNITE gathering, September 15–17 in Atlanta. Our theme will be Revival Now! We'd love for you to come. Visit www.2022ignite.com for all of the information.
We are currently securing 5-7 strategic and influential churches throughout the nation to host a series of Building a Praying Church conferences in 2022 and 2023. Locations have already been secured in Manhattan, Baltimore, and The Bronx.
We are confident that God intends to use the College of Prayer to stir revival in the U.S. Our goal is to plant 100 College of Prayer campuses within the next 2 years. Please pray with us!
- Over the past 38 weeks, we have pioneered ministry in 38 new nations.
- We have begun ministry in some of the most persecuted nations on earth. For security reasons, we cannot mention names.
- We have utilized Zoom to rapidly expand ministry into new nations. By the grace of Christ, we have identified a number of key leaders with whom we have already begun mentoring relationships.
- We anticipate pioneering 20 more new nations in the next 20 weeks. Keep praying.
- Revival Now Media has launched well. Our new app and new small group series are getting traction.
- New campuses are set to launch this Fall in the US.
- We are scheduled to facilitate Encountering God Weekends in several great churches.
- We are developing new partnerships in the US with some exciting new church networks and other ministries.
- We are adding a number of new pastors and leaders from across the US into mentoring groups within the Revival Prayer Institute.
The following report is from Rev. Fred Hartley, III after his recent trip to Senegal. Images are altered to protect identities.
Last week I had the privilege of serving alongside Pastor Gabriel S., our Regional Director for West & North Africa. I was part of a small team that included Bill Hyer and Suno Justus, and we were there to serve North African believers. We helped Pastor Gabriel facilitate a two day College of Prayer Module at his Regional Campus, teaching our Year 2 curriculum “Lord, as Families, Teach us to Pray.” Immediately following that, we helped Pastor Gabriel facilitate 2 days of establishing his Hub Campus (which mentors College of Prayer Campus leaders). God came at both gatherings. Allow me to share a few short stories.
1. One man who had come to Christ from another religious background a year ago, had been rejected by his wife and son. The man continued to love his wife and son, remain loyal to them, and send the majority of his limited income to help with their support. After much prayer, his wife responded to the love of Christ as demonstrated through her husband. After the first night of our meeting, she repented, asked his forgiveness, and professed faith in Jesus. Praise the Lord!
2. The foundational teaching of our Year 2 curriculum challenged the cultural standards and led the group in repentance. Husbands repented of treating their wives as less-than-human, and women seemed to blossom like flowers before our eyes. It was transformational and historic.
3. Perhaps the highlight of the entire trip were reports that were shared from virtually every country represented. Over the past 2 years, we have trained most of these same leaders to go home and establish upper rooms of prayer where they would receive the manifest presence of Christ and minister to His presence. Virtually every leader gave dramatic reports that since they began their upper room, God has radically changed the spiritual atmosphere in their region. Now, there are people coming to faith in Christ from the dominant religion in virtually every country and every region within the country where upper rooms have been built.
4. Many shared painful experiences of being persecuted for their faith. At the same time, they shared dramatic miracles of God’s intervention.
The annual gathering of the College of Prayer International, iGNITE, was held February 7-9 in Atlanta, GA. The theme this year was "Proclaim His Name!" It was the largest annual gathering we have ever had with church leaders from 15 nations were represented. The three days were filled with God-encountering worship, Spirit-led prayer times, powerful teaching, and life-giving fellowship. Here are a few of the testimonies we received:
"I have been healed. I felt the love and embrace of my beloved Father. Now I feel empowered to reach the nations (my workplace) and come in the name of the Lord."
"As I go back, I will, lead with His name and proclaim His name. There is nothing the name of the Lord can't cover!"
"God gave a name [to me] in the 1st session. It confirmed my past ministry and present service. It has given encouragement and confirmation for my next steps of obedience."
"He restored my soul. He brought me back to center. Life drags us off the trail and leaves us parched, but worship fills us and renews us."
"He demonstrated just how much He loves me. He showed me that He directs my every step. He showed me that He will place/position me exactly where I need to be for Him to equip me for His will/plan/destiny for my life. He will equip/prepare me for Himself."
"Ignite helped me to see love and equality among all races."
"I definitely grew closer to [God] during this time. Every problem I had was mentioned through people who don't know me. God gave me the clarification I needed."
"This opened my heart more to call out His name in the beginning of my prayer and at the end of my prayer and to declare His Lordship of everything He has given me. The best thing He gave me was Him. That is why He will always be the Lord of my life."
"I came to iGNITE for the first time this year. I have to learn to pray, to trust and believe in Jesus. I came on Thursday in pain [in my arm]. That did not stop me from worshiping and so many brothers and sisters were praying for my healing. By the time service was almost over Friday, I was without pain. Today, I have no pain. Although the bone is not healed, I have no pain. I truly believe that God made a miracle."
The following report is from Pastor Ricardo Rinteria, who participated on the team leading this launch.
On May 15-17 a new College of Prayer Campus was launched in Guadalajara. For 3 days we gathered at Iglesia Alianza Cristiana Príncipe de Paz, which is on the top floor of a building. It is literally an “Upper Room" and God showed up in that Upper Room! Our team, led by Rev. Luis Calderon (Regional Director for Latin America), along with a group of more than 7 churches represented, experienced a fresh encounter with God. Here are some highlights:
Last week the College of Prayer went to prison! Specifically, to Georgia Diagnostic & Classification State Prison in Jackson, GA to hold a Prayer on Fire Gathering. We not only felt the favor of God, we felt the pleasure of God! It was awesome. We thank God for Eric Dewayne, who opened this door, and his leadership anointing. He genuinely loves the inmates and it was obvious that God has given him favor and authority. It is truly an honor to team up with him and his significant ministry and calling. The prison Chaplain, Mr. Miller, is also a great man who walks in authority.
Despite the many changes to our schedule, we were able to serve one group of 101 inmates for an hour and forty minutes. We were able to lead them in high worship, deep repentance, receiving forgiveness, to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and to be empowered for ministry. Praise the Lord. It was a prototype Upper Room encounter with Christ. Rev. Donn Thomas taught on breaking the orphan spirit and healing the father wound and Fred Hartley, III taught on the Lord’s Prayer Pattern. There was a unanimous sense of God’s hand on the gathering.
The second group was smaller—probably 45 inmates whom we were able to minister to for 75 minutes. Donn again shared on the father wound and God’s grace in putting us "in family." We stayed on that track the entire session. We ended with healing prayer stations where every inmate who wanted it came up for personal prayers of blessing.
It was a good beginning. We look forward to teaming up with Eric Dewayne again to see where this goes, as God opens doors. Because this is a Diagnostic Prison, 90% of the inmates (2,350 total) come and go every 6 weeks. This means the potential of the College of Prayer going from this prison to other prisons throughout the state is higher than at any other prison. Pray with us as we seek God for His strategy to serve the prison system.
Church leaders from 12 nations, 20 states, 71 churches, and 8 denominations gathered in Atlanta, February 9-11 for our annual iGNITE Conference. It ended up being our largest iGNITE ever. The theme this year was Ignite Your Calling. Teaching focused on how our spiritual gifts affirm and support our calling as well as how we define our calling. There were many God-encountering moments of high worship, repentance, freedom, and empowerment. One of the high moments was celebrating our 20th year as a ministry. It was fun to look back at all God has done in just a short time. If you would like to download or order the CD of teaching sessions, please click here.
"This conference has been life changing! I have encountered the presence of the Lord in a way I never have before. I have been overwhelmed by the love of God and have been released from fear that I have been fighting for years!" ~ Conference Attendee
During my first encounter with the College of Prayer, I experienced freedom from expectations on my life, other than from Christ. I recognized that if I was going to be the man that God created me to be, my focus needed to be on Him at all times, no matter what. I couldn’t worry about what others thought. The Lord also made it clear to me that the College of Prayer is what our area needed if we were going to see a revived church at the Jersey Shore, and I believe He has commissioned me to start the process of establishing a campus.
In my heart, the College of Prayer is the real deal regarding Christ and the gift of His Holy Spirit. It brings the light of Christ to dark and oppressed areas such as ours, because its mission is to build God-encountering prayer environments. These are not new teachings, nor is it a replacement for the local church, but rather it is a God-provided opportunity to come together and be unified in His Name; empowering us to reach the lost in our communities.
I can testify that at each session of the College of Prayer that I’ve attended, Christ is exalted; Christ is encountered; and His Kingdom is advanced. All the teachings are based on the Lord’s prayer pattern found in Luke 11. As a pastor of a local church, I see the College of Prayer as a tool to help identify, train and equip disciples to work together through their church, their neighborhoods and beyond. Because the only thing that is going to change our local culture will be a powerful movement of the Lord.
Psalm 2:8 says “Ask of me and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” If [this] scripture is true, and it is, then the size of our ministry is determined by the size of our prayer life. Not the type of prayer meetings that pray for our loved ones, but prayer meetings where we seek the face of God in worship; that call us to repentance; where we pray to rid the land of idols and demolish strongholds; with a passion to see Christ’s Kingdom advanced.
There are many seminars you can attend to give you head knowledge. Many concerts you can go to [that] entertain you and help you feel good. But the proof is in whether or not spiritual transformation comes and empowers you to be part of what God wants to do in reaching the lost and hurting of our communities. The College of Prayer’s mission is to help us make that happen!
~ Mike Dryburgh, Pastor at King of Kings in Manahawkin, NJ