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 Southeast. 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.
Citywide 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.
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
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
Prayer for the Church and the Nations
Participants pray in groups of three
Prayer for the Church and Government
Dr. Samuel Rivers
Senior Pastor, Voice of the Lord Int. Ministries
Representative, South Carolina Legislature, District 15
Call to Offering for the Church in South Sudan
Rev. David Booman
Associate for Pastoral Care, St. Michael’s Church
Solo – “Give Me Jesus”
Ms. Anna Booman
Prayer for Revival in Charleston and the United States
Mr. Gerard Long
Executive Director of Alpha USA
A Word from the Billy Graham My Hope Project
Charleston Area Mobilizer for BGEA
Participants pray in groups of three
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 323-707-3984