Two internationally recognized generals of prayer from opposite sides of the pond will rally warriors in the global 24-7 Prayer Movement at a mountain states gathering near Boulder this week.
Brit Pete Greig, a founding champion of the international prayer movement that spans 20 countries; and Colorado-based Dr. Dick Eastman, a statesman of prayer for 110 worldwide 24-7 groups, are keynote speakers at a three-day gathering beginning Thursday night at Vinelife Church.
Eastman, whose ministry Every Home For Christ has distributed billions of gospel messages in over 200 nations during its 65 years of existence, will give the opening address on prayer and family on Thursday. The Oct. 11-13 gathering begins at 7 p.m. with welcome and worship, followed by Eastman’s keynote address. Sessions continue through Saturday night at Vinelife, located between Boulder and Longmont.
International president of the the Colorado Springs-based ministry and America’s National Prayer Committee, Eastman is also the best-selling author of “The Hour That Changes the World” and “Look What God is Doing” among other titles. He’s also founder of Change the World School of Prayer.
“We’re honoring a statesman in the spirit of prayer, and looking forward to what Dr. Eastman is seeing as prayer relates to the family,” said Joe Steinke, executive director of 24-7 Prayer USA, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.
The gathering will focus on prayer and its marriage to mission and justice in formal sessions and, informally, it will emphasis shared times of worship and fellowship among hundreds from the region and beyond, said Steinke who, with other leaders, will present “Understanding the Nature of the Kingdom and the Church.”
International Director Greig, based in Guildford, Surrey on the outskirts of London, will present “Embracing the World Through Prayer” and another session on the kingdom of God. In addition, Greig will speak at Vinelife’s two Sunday morning services.
In addition to leading 24-7 Prayer International, Greig is also director of prayer at Holy Trinity, Brompton, in London, and he is facilitator of the Campus American Initiative. Greig is author of “Red Moon Rising” and “The Vision and The Vow.”
In England, Greig established two congregations for young people who rejected traditional church in what’s described by 24-7 leaders as an emerging, post-Christian culture.
Dubbed Boiler Rooms, church prayer and training centers help facilitate growth of 24-7 groups. Currently, Boiler Rooms exist in England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and other European countries. The prayer movement has the support of The Salvation Army and the United Methodist Church in some locations.
Featured in Rolling Stone and Readers Digest magazines and in a British television documentary, the 24-7 Prayer Movement has grown from a daylong vigil in 1999 to an interdenominational outreach of prayer, mission and justice to one-third of the earth.
In Colorado, the round-the-clock worship and prayer movement is gaining strength, much to the delight of 24-7 Prayer USA’s Steinke.
“We have great relationships in Colorado,” Steinke said, citing the 24-7 Tent, a revolving worship and prayer movement that literally travels the Rocky Mountain region.
The 24-7 Tent launched a week of prayer preceding July’s Christian music festival Heaven Fest, the nation’s third largest of its kind in northern Colorado. Before and during the festival, intercessors prayed 24-7 and, since then, the tent ministry has moved around the region, stopping this week in Boulder.
Heaven Fest’s producer, Dave Powers, is a proponent of the international 24-7 prayer movement.
With wife Tara, Powers has grown Heaven Fest to the largest Christian music festival in the Rocky Mountain region, and the husband and wife team founded the Worship and Word Movement, which will be represented at the Boulder gathering.
“Those two ministries in particular and some others resonate with our vision,” said Steinke.
Another project in the spirit of 24-7 Prayer USA is Vinelife’s Resound Conference which, among other things, helps disadvantaged musicians fund their worship projects. Resound Collective Worship Leader Jason Roberson, also a pastor at Vinelife, will join Powers in a discussion titled “Creating Encounters With Jesus Through Worship and the Word.”
Combining prayer with mission and justice will be a focus of the gathering, Steinke said.
A member of the national team, Amanda Siebold, oversees justice initiatives aimed at supporting survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Siebold will speak on the topic “Embracing Suffering and Being an Advocate for Justice Through Prayer.”
Other speakers include Gary Schmitz, Wendy Andrews, David Blackwell who will respectively address the topics “Embracing a City Through Prayer,” “Embracing a People Through Prayer,” and “Embracing the Kingdom by the Power of the Holy Spirit Through Prayer.”
Advance registration for the gathering is $45 and admission to single sessions Thursday through Saturday nights is $10. Greig will speak at Vinelife’s 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday services.
For more information or to register for the gathering, visit the movement online at.24-7 Prayer USA.