The Prayer Ministries Department serves as a resource for materials and ideas for leadership in the local churches to expand the role of prayer ministries. Services provided by the Prayer Ministries Department include:
- Coordinating the annual prayer retreat—now in its 15th year—at Leoni Meadows for families (including programs for youth and children).
- Providing leadership for prayer activities and seminars at Redwood Camp Meeting.
- Encouraging each local church to choose a prayer coordinator who will lead in local prayer ministries.
- Assisting in providing speakers for prayer seminars and training programs for local churches.
- Praying for conference administrative personnel, pastors, evangelists, church school teachers, and principals.
- Leading the NCC prayer phone call every Thursday from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. (We also join the Pacific Union Conference Prayer Leaders Phone Call every Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. and the North American Division in their prayer phone call the first Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.)
This year marked the 15th consecutive NCC Prayer Retreat at Leoni Meadows. The annual retreat is planned with families in mind. While the adult programs are going on, children and youth attend meetings with age-appropriate and prayer-focused activities, including crafts. Usually 200-300 people attend the retreat. During the weekend there is time for private prayer, corporate group prayer, and anointing. There are also opportunities for recreation, including train rides and walks in the beautiful surroundings of Leoni Meadows.
In March 2016, Elizabeth Talbot, speaker/director of the Jesus 101 Biblical Institute, presented a series of meetings on the theme “In Full Assurance of Faith,” based on Hebrews 10:19-23. At the retreat, Jim and Judith Crabtree led the music, Maricia Ditgen led the youth program, and Sarita Parham and Tami Holland led programs for the children. For the 2015 retreat, David Levy, neurovascular surgeon, spoke about “The Journey with God.” During the 2014 retreat, S. Joseph Kidder, professor of Christian ministry at Andrews University, talked on “Experiencing God.”
NCC Prayer Ministries is very involved at Redwood Camp Meeting. Each summer, a prayer seminar is held in the campground’s prayer chapel. In 2014 Randy Maxwell—pastor of the Kuna church in Idaho and the Idaho Conference prayer coordinator—encouraged his listeners to “Experience Prayer.” In the summer of 2015, Michael Roland—a member of the Southern California Conference prayer, spirituality, and renewal team—led the daily seminar on the topic: “When God Speaks: Building our relationship with God through prayer.” (In July of 2016 Shelley Stokstad, Roseville church member, will lead the prayer seminar on the topic of listening to Jesus.) The prayer chapel is also available for people to experience personal prayer time, to pray with a member of the prayer team, or to leave prayer requests in the prayer box.
Prayer ministries’ beautiful prayer quilt has been displayed at Redwood Camp Meeting and the annual prayer retreat for over 14 years. Many names cover the quilt, and the prayer team has held and prayed over the names many times. The names surround an inscription in the middle: “I will not forget you, see I have engraved you on the palms of my hands ... I will contend with those who contend with you and your children I will save” (Isaiah 49:15, 16, 25).
Local prayer coordinators have had a large impact in the life and growth of individual churches. One of the blessings of being a part of prayer ministries is to watch God change the lives of people around the Conference. An early (7-8 a.m.) prayer phone call each Thursday is a blessing to all who participate or just listen in as prayers ascend to the throne room of the miracle-working God. This weekly phone call was started over four years ago to pray for people throughout the Conference: NCC leadership; pastors and leaders in churches; teachers; pastoral/teacher families; students in Adventist, public and home schools; and workers in the Adventist Health hospital system. Many sincere, intercessional, passionate prayers are offered. Almost every week someone shares a specific miracle or an answer to prayer.
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