A movement of prayer and unity is happening in the Southeast!

Since August, 2011, Global Leadership Dynamics has worked in partnership with regional teams of the The Alpha Course, Alpha USA, to create Citywide Prayer events that create visible unity between congregations and a platform to support evangelism/discipleship in key cities in the CityWideLogoSoutheast.   Margaret Cotton, Regional Director of Alpha in South Carolina, and Susan Garland, the Regional Director of Alpha in Western North Carolina, have worked with GLD to spearhead this movement in the Southeast.  Our first event was held at First Scots Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on August 25, 2011.  Since then, four more quarterly events were held in Charleston at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul Episcopal Church, Second Presbyterian Church, and the First Baptist Church of Charleston.  These events have contributed to the movement of prayer happening in the great, historic city of Charleston, a key city in American history and culture.  Through God’s blessing, the CWPC movement in Charleston led to the “Historic Churches of Charleston Uniting in Prayer for the Church and the United States” outdoor prayer event held on Sunday, September 22nd at 4:00pm at the historic Washington Square Park adjacent to the Four Corners of Law in downtown Charleston.   This event can be viewed at Anglican TV at this link: Charleston Churches Uniting in Prayer.

 

AvCitywide Prayer for Christ events were also launched in Asheville in September, 2012 with two more events held in 2013.   On January 13, 2013, a Citywide Prayer event was held at Asheville Seacoast Church.  A wonderful evening of prayer that opened the New Year for the mountain city.  Then, on November 17, Global Leadership Dynamics partnered with several churches in Asheville for an excellent Citywide Prayer Leadership Summit at Gateway Church.

 

The Body of Christ in Asheville took a major step forward for unity on November 17th.   Here is what host Pastor Will Hasskamp of Gateway Church had to say after the prayer event designed to connect leaders throughout the Asheville area:

“As I was praying last night, I believe that we’re doing foundational work to war against divisive and religious spirits that have held the church in chains from fighting as one man for the sake of the gospel. I’m thinking about how John the Baptist didn’t allow offense to enter his own heart and squelch the glory of God. He confessed that he needed to decrease so that Jesus’ glory could increase. Jesus called him blessed for his continued humility, and affirmed to him that the passion of his heart was being fulfilled even though he wasn’t center stage. If we can contend as one man for the advancement of God’s kingdom, there is potential to unleash the beauty and magnificent glory of God and his church in this community. The key is unity attained through deep humility.”

Pastor Hasskamp of Gateway Church understands the John 17 vision of unity that is leading the Citywide prayer movement happening across the country through many churches, ministries and organizations.

On September 22, 2013, the “Historic Churches of Charleston Uniting in Prayer for the Church and the United States” held in Washington Square Park in downtown Charleston was a major step forward for the expression of Christian faith in the public square.  At this precarious and confusing time in our national life, believers across Charleston united at Washington Square Park adjacent to the Four Corners of Law for a positive example of the freedom to exercise religion in the public square.  This event included worship, prayer and a proclamation of God’s sovereignty, truth, mercy and love for the Church and the United States “for such a time as this.”   Following the event, GLD Executive Director, Rev. Christian Zebley, preached the evening message at St. Michael’s Church, a key partner in the prayer event.  Zebley preached on Habbakuk 3:2 on the subject of revival and awakening through the power of corporate prayer.

The following article was published by the Charleston Post and Courier:

Christians gather in downtown Charleston park to pray for revival.

  • Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013 7:51 p.m.
 

The Christian praise song “How Great Thou Art” drew a response at a prayer rally in Washington Square in downtown Charleston Sunday.

Every once in a while, Christians worried about the declining state of society step out into the streets and call for revival.  Sunday afternoon was such a time in downtown Charleston.
Christians at a prayer rally in Washington Square in downtown Charleston Sunday occasionally broke down into groups of three to pray for the churches and the nation.
About 100 Christians of all stripes gathered to pray for the churches and the nation in Washington Square in downtown Charleston Sunday.
About 100 Christians of all stripes gathered to pray for the churches and the nation in Washington Square in downtown Charleston Sunday.

About 100 Christians of all stripes gathered in Washington Square for prayer and worship. Organizers said it was to show the need for religion in the public square “at this precarious and confusing time in our national life.”

The park is across the Four Corners of the Law, a landmark that includes the oldest church in downtown Charleston and three government buildings.

The pastor of that church, the Rev. Al Zadig of St. Michael’s Church, took the lead Sunday.

“There is a stability in the local church for the local community,” he said. “There are times when we’ve got to get out of the four walls into the community.”

Zadig read letters of support from Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican. State Rep. Samuel Rivers Jr., a Goose Creek Republican who is also a pastor, called on Christians to insist on godly leadership.

The Rev. Marshall Blalock, pastor of First Baptist Church of Charleston, also spoke and prayed about the need for godly leaders.

First Scots Presbyterian Church was also a local sponsor.

The rally was part of a national effort called Citywide Prayer for Christ, which is coordinated by Global Leadership Dynamics. The ministry is led by evangelist the Rev. Christian Zebley of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

“You are the Holy City, and we are praying for a movement of holiness that starts here,” Zebley said Sunday in Charleston. “God is doing something here today that I believe will be noticed around the world … Christians uniting in the public square.”

A representative of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association also spoke. So did Gerald Long, the executive director of Alpha USA, a program to make evangelical Christianity more accessible to those outside the church.

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To follow is the order of prayer from the event:                                                                                                                                                                        

Charleston Churches Uniting In Prayer

“Arise, shine for your light has come”

Greetings and Opening Prayer

Father Al Zadig, Jr.

Rector of St. Michael’s Church

Letter of Greeting from Honorable Mayor Joseph Riley, Jr.

Praise and Worship

Mr. David Childs

Worship Leader, Church of Our Saviour, Johns Island, SC

Reading of Scripture

Isaiah 60:1-9

The Gospel of John 17:20 – 26

Prayer for Unity

Rev. Christian Zebley

Evangelist, Evangelical Presbyterian Church

Solo – “America The Beautiful”

Ms. Anna Booman

St. Helena’s Episcopal Church, Beaufort, SC

Prayer for Godly Leadership in the Church, Government and Culture

Rev. Marshall Blalock

Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Charleston
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Prayer for the Church and the Nations
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Participants pray in groups of three
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Prayer for the Church and Government

Dr. Samuel Rivers

Senior Pastor, Voice of the Lord Int. Ministries

Representative, South Carolina Legislature, District 15
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Call to Offering for the Church in South Sudan

Rev. David Booman

Associate for Pastoral Care, St. Michael’s Church
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Solo – “Give Me Jesus”

Ms. Anna Booman

Prayer for Revival in Charleston and the United States

Mr. Gerard Long

Executive Director of Alpha USA
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A Word from the Billy Graham My Hope Project

Maraide Sullivan

Charleston Area Mobilizer for BGEA
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Participants pray in groups of three
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Prayer for Cultural Awakening to Jesus Christ

Mr. Matt Pridgen

Founder of ReAwake.org

Participants invited forward for prayer ministry during closing worship

Adjournment to Evening Service at St. Michael’s Church including Holy Communion

A generous offering was taken to support the newest nation of South Sudan through the Diocese of Aweil, the Episcopal Church of Sudan led by Bishop Abraham Nhial.  www.lostboynomore.org

For more information on hosting a Citywide Prayer event in your community.  Go to Citywide Prayer  or contact us at  director@globalleading.org; 323-707-3984