Athens Sunday Services – January 2015

We believe that God has some amazing treasures for Athens in 2015. Unified prayer is such a key to unlock these gifts of grace in our city. Most churches are starting a new series with the New Year. Momentum is building. Pray that God would reveal Himself in His church in this New Year!!! Pray for each of these churches, their services and their pastors.

Athens Church
“White Flag” starts January 4
Tenth Anniversary Celebration on January 25 at Stegeman Coliseum
Service times: 9:30, 11 and 11:30am
Address: 10 Huntington Road, Athens 30606

Athens Link
Iain Allen from Scotland will be preaching the first two weeks
Service time: 4:30pm
Address: Wesley Foundation – 1196 South Lumpkin Ave., Athens 30605

Athens Vineyard
Kyle will be returning to Romans series (beginning chapter 7)
Service time: 10:30am
Address: 3125 Atlanta Hwy., Athens, 30606

The Awakening
“Saying ‘yes’ to God”. Preparing for “Yes” Conference with Bob Johnson on Feb 6-7.
Service time: 10am
Address: New Earth Music Hall – 227 West Dougherty, Athens

Bethel Baptist Church of Watkinsville
TBD
Service time: 11am
Address: 59 North Main Street, Watkinsville, 30677

City Church Athens
Preparing for series from the book of Revelation called “Return of the King”
Service time: 10:30am
Address: 4019 Atlanta Hwy., Athens, 30606

Classic City Church
“Contrast”
Service time: 10:30am
Address: Classic Center – 300 North Thomas Street, Athens, 30601

Compass
Finishing series in 1 John. “Religion Kills – Jesus Saves” starts January 11
Service time: 10:30am
Address: Wesley Foundation – 1196 South Lumpkin Ave., Athens, 30605

Cornerstone
Focusing on prayer & fasting in everything they do (Sunday, midweek & groups) in January. The hours at Athens Prayer Center will be extended (M-F) starting Jan 5 – 6:30am-8pm
Service times: 9 and 11am
Address: 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605

Grace Athens
“Knowing God – Journey in the Psalms”
Service times: 5 and 7pm
Address: 201 N. Milledge Ave., Athens 30602

Grace Fellowship
“Family”
Service times: 9 & 10:45am
Address: 1120 Malcolm Bridge Road, Bogart, 30622

Living Hope
David will be preaching on prayer from the Gospels and what Jesus taught.
Service time: 10:30am
Address: 2150 Lexington Road, Athens, 30605

St James United Methodist Church
Still waiting on the Lord for what to focus on
Service times: 8:30 and 10am
Address: 111 Westlake Drive, Athens, 30606

Watkinsville First Baptist Church
On January 4 will be starting a series on the Book of Acts (will continue through May). Toward end of the month they engage in a 40-day prayer focus.
Service times: 9, 10:15 and 11:30am
Address: 1610 Simonton Bridge, Watkinsville, 30677

Please be praying for these churches and the others across our city. Pray that God would manifest His presence through the gathering together for His word and worship. Pray that He would draw people in and bring them to a saving knowledge and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray that warriors would rise up.

Please note: it is always hard to do something like this because some will be left out. Those listed above were the ones who got the details back to me in time for posting. Feel free to include praying for your church as well, if it isn’t listed.

Christmas Services and Activites in Athens

Christmas is one of those times in the year when people are more open to come to a church service or activity, if they are asked! Here are some of those opportunities in Athens. Please pray for God to grant boldness to those inviting, for openness to those being invited and for God to move powerfully and gloriously in all the churches across Athens.

Athens Church
Wednesday, Dec 24 – 2, 4 and 6pm – Christmas Eve Services

The Awakening
Sunday, Dec 21 – Combining prayer with outreach at the Mall

Bethel Baptist Church of Watkinsville
Sunday, Dec 14 – 6pm – Combined church Christmas Musical with City Church Athens

City Church Athens
Sunday, Dec 14 – 10:30am – Gabriel, A Visitation! A dramatic portrayal
Sunday, Dec 14 – 6pm – Combined Christmas Musical at Bethel Baptist Church
Sunday, Dec 21 – 10:30am – Herod, Dethroned! A dramatic portrayal
Wednesday, Dec 24 – 6:30pm – Candlelight Service

Compass
Wednesday, Dec 24 – 7pm – Christmas Eve Service (at Wesley on Lumpkin)

Cornerstone
Wednesday, Dec 24 – 3 and 5pm – Christmas Eve Service
 
Grace Fellowship
Saturday, Dec 13 – 6pm – “Night Of Hope” (a multimedia Christmas presentation outreach)
Sunday, Dec 14 – 9 and 10:45am – “Night Of Hope”

Living Hope
Sunday, Dec 21 – 6:30pm – Christmas Concert with Jeff Renn, then they are heading out into the local neighborhood for caroling and outreach (praying for people)
Wednesday, Dec 24 – 6pm – Christmas Eve Service: The Jesus of Living Hope

St James United Methodist Church
Sunday, Dec 21 – 8:30 and 11am – Christmas Cantata; “Three Gifts, Our Christmas Offering”
Wednesday, Dec 24 – 4pm – Christmas Eve Service (family oriented)
Wednesday, Dec 24 – 6pm – Christmas Eve Service (with candlelight & communion)

Vineyard Athens
Wednesday, Dec 24 – 6pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Watkinsville First Baptist Church
Wednesday, Dec 24 – 4 and 5 pm – Christmas Eve Services

If your church is not having a Christmas service this year, please feel free to dive into another church’s service and pray blessings as you celebrate our Savior’s birth. Please pray that God would do big things in our city during this holiday season!

Prayer Happenings in December & beyond…

Praise be to the LORD my Rock,

who trains my hands for war,
my fingers for battle.
Psalm 144:1 (NIV)

Prayer for the Middle East & Africa
Date: Wednesday, December 3 / noon-1pm
Venue: Classic City Church Ministry Center – 386 Milledge Ave., Athens
Details: Join us to pray for the families and communities affected by the conflict in Syria and across the Middle East, and those in West Africa dealing with the Ebola epidemic. Everyone is welcome!

Unity Prayer
Date: Sunday, December 7 / 9:30-11:30pm
Venue: Wesley Foundation Chapel – 1196 South Lumpkin, Street, Athens
Details: This is a “for college students only” that brings together many students from different campus ministries. It is a grassroots movement. If you’re a college student please come if you are able. We realize this is during exam time but what a great way to approach the exams via the Spirit! If you are not able to join us, please dive in prayer for our city and our university students from wherever you are at! Oh yeah, pray for all the student in their exams!!!

Prayer for 2015
Date: Tuesday, December 9 / 7-8:30pm
Venue: Athens School of Ministry & Worship Arts (ASM&WA), 1331 New High Shoals Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677
Details: Join us for a night of worship and united prayer as we prepare for 2015.

Pastors Prayer Gathering
Date: Wednesday, December 10 / 9-10am
Venue: Living Hope, 2150 Lexington Road, Athens
Details: This is “for senior pastors only” where we come together to pray for and with each other for our city. Please take this opportunity to be praying for your pastors during this time slot!

Prayer Walking
Date: Saturday, December 13 / 10am-noon
Location: Meet at the UGA arch and we’ll go from there!
Details: This is open for everyone who wants to connect with other followers of Jesus, to strategically pray on the UGA campus and/or downtown Athens, and get some exercise! What an awesome opportunity!

All Pastor Prayer Gathering
Date: Thursday, December 18 / 9-10am
Venue: Athens International Prayer Center – 4680 Lexington Rd., Athens
Details: This is gathering for “all pastors” from around Athens to come together to connect and pray for and with each other.

And Beyond…

Perspective Course
Dates: Thursdays – 6:30-9:30 pm from January 8-April 30, 2015
Location: Living Hope – 2150 Lexington Rd., Athens 30605
Details: This is an amazing, life changing fifteen week course on world mission that will ignite the participants heart’s for God’s global purposes. Cost is $265 (with up to $160 in available discounts). Register atPerspectives.org before December 4th for the discounted pricing.

New Year – New Heart (Setting our Sails for God’s Wind in 2015)
Date: Saturday, January 10 / 8:30am-5:30pm
Location: ASM&WA
Details: There is a real sense that God is preparing His people for something that is imminent in and around our area. We are calling God’s praying people together, to connect, to pray and to prepare for catching the wind of God’s Spirit in 2015. Join us for a full day of worship, prayer, teaching, and removing obstacles so that we can step forward in our identity as victorious warriors in Christ. This is day of preparation and united prayer for what God has in store for 2015. For more details and to register please see http://www.asmwa.org/Spring-2015

Seminar – Two Way Communication in Prayer
Date: Wednesday, January 21 / 6:15-7:30pm
Venue: St James United Methodist Church – 111 West Lake Drive, Athens
Details: Learning to listen and respond to God in prayer. This is a six-week course that starts on the date above, taught by Cindy Mackey from the ASM&WA. More details soon!

Athens International Prayer Center
Open: M-F 9am-5pm
Thursdays – 6:30-8pm encounter gatherings.
Location: Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens
Details: Everybody is welcome to come for a few minutes or several hours. It is a great place to just sit with Jesus in the context of ongoing worship, to press in with God in intercession or even to sit in the back at one of the tables and do some business or homework. If you’d like to reserve the room for your prayer group or a prayer meeting or just want some more information, please contact Pastor Robert at 706-549-0000 or robert.sheppard@cornerstoneathens.cc

National Day of Prayer
Date: May 7, 2015 – All day!
Location: All over Athens (and the USA)
Details: Join with tens of thousands of others across our nation, praying for our nation! Please mark your calendar. This is going to be an awesome day of united prayer for our city, state and nation!

Have a most blessed Thanksgiving. And join with me in giving thanks to God for all He is doing and is preparing to do in Athens & beyond!!!

Athens Prayer Happenings in November & Beyond

“Keep on asking and you will receive what you ask for.

Keep on seeking, and you will find.
Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”
Luke 11:9 (NLT)

Prayer for the Middle East & Africa
Date: Wednesday, November 5 / noon-1pm
Venue: Classic City Church Ministry Center – 386 Milledge Ave., Athens
Details: Join us to pray for the families and communities affected by the conflict in Syria and across the Middle East, and those in West Africa dealing with the Ebola epidemic. Everyone is welcome!

Prayer Walking
Date: Saturday, November 8 / 10am-noon
Location: Meet at the arch and we’ll go from there!
Details: This is open for everyone who wants to connect with other followers of Jesus, to strategically pray on the UGA campus and/or downtown Athens, and get some exercise! What an awesome opportunity!

Unity Prayer
Date: Sunday, November 9 / 9:30-11:30pm
Venue: Wesley Foundation Chapel – 1196 South Lumpkin, Street, Athens
Details: This is a “for college students only” that brings together many students from different campus ministries. It is a grassroots movement. If you’re a college student please come if you are able. If you are not, please join in prayer for our city and our university students from wherever you are at!

Pastors Prayer Gathering
Date: Wednesday, November 12 / 9-10am
Venue: Athens Church – 10 Huntington Dr., Athens
Details: This is “for senior pastors only” where we come together to pray for and with each other for our city. Please take this opportunity to be praying for your pastors during this time slot!

Night of Healing Prayer
Date: Sunday, November 14 / 4-5:30pm
Venue: St James United Methodist Church – 111 West Lake Drive, Athens
Details: Open to all who want to receive prayer from trained prayer ministers. It is a great opportunity to have others surround you in times of need!

All Pastor Prayer Gathering
Date: Thursday, November 20 / 9-10am
Venue: Athens International Prayer Center – 4680 Lexington Rd., Athens
Details: This is gathering for “all pastors” from around Athens to come together to connect and pray for and with each other.

And Beyond…

Athens International Prayer Center
Open: M-F 9am-5pm
Thursdays – 6:30-8pm encounter gatherings.
Location: Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens
Details: Everybody is welcome to come for a few minutes or several hours. It is a great place to just sit with Jesus in the context of ongoing worship, to press in with God in intercession or even to sit in the back at one of the tables and do some business or homework. If you’d like to reserve the room for your prayer group or a prayer meeting or just want some more information, please contact Pastor Robert at 706-549-0000 or robert.sheppard@cornerstoneathens.cc

New Year – New Heart
Date: Saturday, January 10 / 9am-5pm
Location: ASM&WA
Details: An all day practical seminar focusing on what we can do to prepare for a move of God in Athens. More info coming soon!

Perspective Course
Dates: Thursdays – 6:30-9:30 pm from January 8-April 30, 2015
Location: Living Hope – 2150 Lexington Rd., Athens 30605
Details: This is an amazing, life changing fifteen week course on world mission that will ignite the participants heart’s for God’s global purposes. Cost is $265 (with up to $160 in available discounts). Register atPerspectives.org before December 4th for the discounted pricing.

National Day of Prayer
Date: May 7, 2015 – All day!
Location: All over Athens (and the USA)
Details: Join with tens of thousands of others across our nation, praying for our nation! Please mark your calendar.

Unity in Action

God often gives me pictures while I pray that actually help me go deeper in my praying. As I was recently praying an image came to mind. I saw a crown with beautiful jewels mounted perfectly around the top rim. Each jewel was unique in color and cut. I felt this crown represented the unity of campus ministries, and each jewel represented an individual ministry. Each one is unique, precious and exactly where it is supposed to be. I saw a bright beam of light flash upon the middle of the crown from above and suddenly there was a brilliant multicolored light flashing in all directions through the jewels. This light flooded the campus.

Jesus told us that the unity among His followers will cause the world to see that Jesus is who He claimed to be (John 17:21). Jesus said that the world would know we are His disciples by our love for one another (John 13:34).

Unity is not an event we put on in cooperation between churches or ministries. It is not when we become like the other groups. Unity is not about us becoming less or something other than who or what He created us to be.

Unity happens when I embrace who God created me to be, and who He created you to be. Unity is loving one another in our diversity. In fact, unity is the fulfilling of the “new command” passages of loving one another. Unity is expressed through publicly extending blessing to other churches, ministries, pastors and leaders. Unity is all about relationships, about trust, about believing and hoping for the best in the other! Unity does result in partnerships that advance God’s kingdom. There is greater fruit when it comes from a place of unity. Prayer seems amplified when two or more are gathered in His name. Ministry seems so much broader and effective when done as a team. No wonder the Psalmist wrote that those who dwell in unity will be recipients of God’s commanded blessing (Psalm 133). Yes, God says He will literally command a blessing when there is unity.

The picture I saw was during a pre-service prayer gathering this past week. The event was called Advance. It was the culmination of a 21-day challenge where the combined efforts of ten campus ministries and several local churches worked together to pass out 3000+ bibles. The event was scheduled in the middle of mid term exams and in the natural attendance should have been sparse. But God is on the move and some 800 students gathered for this amazing encounter. God’s light did flash across campus. But I believe more is to come! Please pray that momentum would grow, unity would deepen, and God’s commanded blessing would be released upon UGA, across Athens and beyond.

Follow up continues after the challenge. Please pray for those who took the challenge and did it, who took the challenge and didn’t complete it and for those who were offered the challenge and declined. God’s word does not return void. Be praying that it will accomplish all His purposes!

Thanks for partnering with us!!!
Steve

Prayer Opportunities in October

God continues to stir His people to pray, to pray more and to pray more fervently! We are seeing tangible answers to these prayers. A few weeks ago we held our first Athens Pastors prayer summit. Over 50 pastors participated in it! God connected these leaders and began new partnerships in our city. There are many new friendships coming from this summit. Pray for your pastors!

A group started in a university Greek sorority house, one that up to now has been very closed. The group consisted of 25 university young ladies. Only three of these were actually followers of Jesus. The remaining 22 confessed they were just tired of partying, self-indulgence and where their lives were headed and wanted a new direction. Pray for these seeking students!

Many of the campus ministries and local churches are experiencing attendance above where they usually are at this time of year! Pray for even more explosive growth!

During the Bible distribution of the 21 day challenge, at some of the tables, students literally lined up to hear about Jesus and get a Bible! Interesting enough, some of the best dialog came from the students who actually said no to the challenge. Ask God to pursue them. 

The actual Bible reading officially started this week (Monday, September 22). Thousands of Bibles are in students’ hands right now! May the word of the Lord not return void (Isaiah 55) but do its work in these seeking students! Pray that God would reveal Himself to those who have taken the challenge!

Here are some more opportunities to pray. If you can’t make it to any of these, please feel free to pray with us at home or wherever you may be! Let me just say, your prayer matters, much!!!

Prayer for the Middle East & Africa
Date: Wednesday, October 1 / noon-1pm
Venue: Classic City Church Ministry Center – 386 Milledge Ave., Athens
Details: Join us to pray for the families and communities affected by the conflict in Syria and across the Middle East, and those in West Africa dealing with the Ebola epidemic. Everyone is welcome!

Classic City Worship
Date: Sunday, October 5 / 7-9pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Venue: The Melting Point – 295 E Doughtery Street, Athens
Details: The first of many regular worship events where 2 or 3 different worship teams from around Athens will lead the time. At this one, the Wesley Foundation Band and the Classic City Collective will be leading this two hour slot of unity worship. Everyone welcome!

Unity Prayer
Date: Sunday, October 5 / 9:30-11:30pm
Venue: Wesley Foundation Chapel – 1196 South Lumpkin, Street, Athens
Details: This is a “for college students only” that brings together many students from different campus ministries. It is a grassroots movement. If you’re a college student please come if you are able. If you are not, please join in prayer for our city from wherever you are at!

Pastors Prayer Gathering
Date: Wednesday, October 8 / 9-10am
Venue: City Church of Athens – 4019 Atlanta Hwy., Bogart
Details: This is “for senior pastors only” where we come together to pray for and with each other for our city. Please take this opportunity to be praying for your pastors during this time slot!

Prayer Walking
Date: Saturday, October 11 / 10am-noon
Location: Meet at the arch and we’ll go from there!
Details: This is open for everyone who wants to connect with other followers of Jesus, to strategically pray on the UGA campus and/or downtown Athens, and get some exercise! What an awesome opportunity!

ADVANCE  (21 Day Challenge celebration event)
Date: Wednesday, October 15 / 7pm
Venue: Tate Center UGA
Details: Most of the campus ministries are coming together to celebrate what God has, is and is going to do on the campus. If you are a college student, you don’t want to miss this strategic event. If you are not a college student feel free to come and be praying or pray from wherever you are!

Living Room Tour
Athens Dates: October 17&18
Details: There are people all around America who are believing that the time is now for the family of God to be gathered and that the message of love would impact the hearts of this generation like never before! The heart behind the Living Room Tour is to meet our family. From that place of family, we want to see the love of Jesus overflow out of every life, all across your campus and region. That we would love the one in front of us as a regional and national family, and work together to see something powerful take place in our homes and in our nation. The Living Room Tour exists to worship Jesus and work together to see Jesus made famous and hearts awakened wherever we live. Check out the website: http://www.livingroomtour.org/

Athens International Prayer Center
Open: M-F 9am-5pm
Thursdays – 6:30-8pm encounter gatherings
Location: 4680 Lexington Road, Athens
Details: Everybody is welcome to come for a few minutes or several hours. It is a great place to just sit with Jesus in the context of ongoing worship, to press in with God in intercession or even to sit in the back at one of the tables and do some business or homework. If you’d like to reserve the room for your prayer group or a prayer meeting or just want some more information, please contact Pastor Robert at 706-549-0000 or robert.sheppard@cornerstoneathens.cc

If you are interested in knowing more about Athens Prayer Network, or would like to make a donation (or become a regular supporter), please check out our website (athensprayernetwork.com).

If you don’t already receive these APN updates which include prayer alerts and frequent emails with opportunities and news, please email me and I will add you to that list (athensprayernetwork@gmail.com). Also, let me know if you have a prayer gathering that is for those across the body of Christ (include the details as above).

Thanks for your partnership!
Steve

The Promise of Unity

Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:3 NIV

The promises of God are “sure” and “amen”, but they often require a response from us. One requirement is that we pray, asking God to fulfill what He promised. A key role for intercessors is to remind God of what He promised, and keep reminding Him until He does it! For some reason, by His great wisdom and design, God withholds doing many things until we ask it of Him. This puts much responsibility on us for seeing God’s promises fulfilled! Prayer is not just a simply luxury but an absolute necessity for seeing God’s promises and purposes fulfilled.

A second requirement for many of His promises to be fulfilled is our obedience. In Revelation 19 we see a bride that has prepared herself for Christ. This is something that she had to do (obviously with His help)! And you know what? Jesus will have a prepared bride, radiant and ready. The question is will you be a part of it? Are you praying and acting toward it?

Another example of our needing to play a part in fulfilling God’s promises is His “promised land”. This so called Promised Land had to be occupied. This required the Israelites to, by faith, conqueror the ‘giants’ that possessed it. God promised the land but they had to occupy it. Many of God’s promises require our partnership. Through what was deemed impossible for man, God made a way and led His people to take hold of what He had promised them!

That’s how God’s promises work! Knowing He is for us and nothing can stand against us, helps us tremendously as we pray and act on His promises. He wants us to “pester” Him in prayer!

Jesus said that through the unity of His church the world would know that the Father sent Him (John 17). What are you doing to make that happen? Pray for it and work towards it! It is an important priority to God. How important is it to you? The result of unity is God’s blessing and people knowing Jesus. Oh yeah, the fulfillment of the Great Commission!

In Athens, GA we are beginning to see God breaking through. I believe there is a grace over this city for unity. And now is the time to see it fulfilled, at least to a new level! Years ago the city government erected a statue called ‘The Spirit of Athens’. It’s kind of a mystical angel flying with a torch in hand. However, most people miss the significance. There is a deeper, more prophetic meaning behind it, or should I say, underneath it. At the base of this statue an inscription reads… “Ephesians 4:3 – Endeavoring to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.” And get this, this statue sits on public land in front of city hall, the very heart of the city! God’s desire and promise over this city is unity and all the blessings that come with it! But it has taken years of prayer and preparation to see what we are just beginning to see now! Athens Prayer Network exists because people have prayed and prepared the way, and are continuing to do so!

We are seeing pastors, churches and ministries not only praying together, but partnering together to reach this city!!! Students are joining together, across affiliations to pray and work together.

Last week while senior pastors were gathered to pray, most of the campus ministries leadership teams were gathered in another place praying. I arrived toward the end and I felt such a spirit of oneness and partnership. Instead of competition there was cooperation! Praying across boundaries tends to do that!

Next month, in September, as a unified campus ministries effort, most of the evangelical campus ministries will be participating in what’s been called the 21-Day Challenge (21DC). There will be 6,000 bibles passed out to new students at UGA. These students will be challenged to read one chapter in the book of John each day, asking God “if You are real reveal Yourself to me!” Local churches are surrounding this through prayer. The 21DC will wrap up with a combined ministries evangelistic event. We have been prayerfully preparing the way for this all summer. These incoming students are making decisions over the coming weeks that will determine the projectory of their lives. Many come to UGA to party, to have a good time and end up heading down a path away from God. Others will meet Jesus, get plugged into a campus ministry and a local church and God will powerfully direct the course of their lives. Please be praying that this class of incoming students would take hold of this challenge and that God would indeed reveal Himself to them. For now, pray that God would connect these students with friends who are followers of Jesus Christ.

On September 10, we are having a Pastors Prayer Summit here in Athens. Pastoral teams from many churches in our city will come together to connect and pray! God is tearing down walls that divide and is pressing us toward a spirit of unity. And the fruit of unity is God’s blessing, even life evermore. Psalm 133 says that God commands the blessing. It is our hope that out of this summit several other pastoral prayer groups will start up. We’d definitely appreciate your prayer for unity in our city!

Unity is something worth praying for and acting toward. May God do the same in your city!!!

Thanks for praying!
Steve

Spirit of Athens, at the very heart of our city, in front of city hall.

Pray for the incoming students at UGA

It’s time to rise and stand firm at the place on the wall of Athens!

Thousands of students are arriving at UGA getting ready for first day of classes this Monday. Many of these students are “free”, looking for a good time. They are needing new friends, new places to hang out, new communities to be involved in. Many will be making some bad decisions that will be felt the rest of their lives. On the other hand, many will make great choices. Please be praying these next several weeks especially for these incoming freshmen and transfer students.
  • Pray for God to arrange for divine meetings with these incoming students with followers of Christ.
  • Pray that these students would make “good friends”.
  • Pray that God would block ways to darkness and close doors of temptation, while opening doors to Him!
  • Pray that they would be drawn to campus ministries and local churches.
  • Pray for students to have boldness to share their faith and to invite “new students” to their campus ministry and local church.
  • Pray for the churches across Athens to be ready for the huge wave of first time guests, that their experience would be amazing and that there would be great connections, even decisions for Christ!
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit would draw them in and reveal Jesus to them.
  • Pray for unity, effectiveness and creativity among the campus ministries.
  • Pray that God would prepare the way for the 21 Day Challenge coming up in a few weeks (a unified outreach by most the evangelical campus ministries to pass out some 6,000 Bibles).
  • Pray for a movement of God at UGA! That He would rend the heavens and come down (Isaiah 64:1).
Thanks for partnering together to advance God’s Kingdom in Athens (& beyond)!

Pray for Your Pastor

You also must help us by prayer, 

so that many will give thanks on our behalf
for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
2 Corinthians 1:11 (ESV)

Weary, overwhelmed, underpaid, over expected, depressed, dry, struggling with God… Not typically what most people think their pastor is feeling.

I have the opportunity to regularly pray with pastors both here in Athens and across the nation. Here’s a snapshot of a few of them. One wakes up each day knowing that he cannot possibly complete everything he needs to do. And everyday it just compounds upon him. Another pastor is struggling with faith issues wondering why God has not answered his fervent prayer of almost two decades. It is not an unrealistic request, but it is definitely a moment of crisis of faith. Still another pastor is weary from an intense year where several close friends were taken home to Jesus in untimely deaths. In the midst of this he has many other expectations that can’t wait. And another pastor presses on leading his growing vibrant church all the while his own wife’s faith and love for Jesus isn’t where his is. In the midst of deep things happening in his congregation, one pastor watches as giving each month is very short and they will soon hit absolute zero bottom.

Check out these stats about pastors in the USA…

  • 97% of pastors have been betrayed, falsely accused or hurt by trusted friends
  • 70% of pastors battle depression
  • 7,000 churches close down each year
  • 1,500 pastors quit each month
  • 80% of pastors feel discouraged
  • 94% of pastor’s families feel the pressure of ministry
  • 78% of pastors have no close friends
  • 90% of pastors report working 55-75 hours per week

Very few pastors have personal prayer partners, or a prayer shield around them of any sort. Yet pastors are supposed to lead their churches to vibrant faith and victory!

This is why I do what I do. I realize that this is a unique ministry that few do. But I know God has brought us to Athens Georgia for such a time and purpose as this. We know that our ministry of prayer and encouragement to pastors goes a long way and impacts many. So can yours!

Thank you for praying for us and supporting us financially. Your partnership is making a huge difference in the lives of many people. I have the privilege of ministering to pastors from various sized congregations, from small to mega. I know each of these pastors appreciate your partnership. And by the way, please don’t forget to pray for your own pastor!

Prayer Opportunities in Athens

One of the most beautiful things about the body of Christ is it’s rich diversity. God has assembled a vast array of expressions of faith in Jesus Christ. In eternity we will worship God in the context of His holiness, with a multitude of other lovers of Jesus from every tribe, tongue and nation. Today we get to sample this vastness when we walk in unity. Even within same giftedness there are different expressions. Likewise, I have found that “prayer” is vast as the ocean. God has placed within each of us a grace to pray, which is unique from everybody else. There are things we are gripped by more than others. There are ways to pray that work for each of us that are unique. Some folks love to pray for the nations. Others don’t feel they’ve really prayed unless they complete their prayer list. Still others exercise this grace to pray healing into people’s lives. Whatever your unique application is, don’t stop looking for it. You will find your greatest satisfaction and effectiveness when you operate in the grace that God has given to you!

The best way to find yours is to try others. I know I have personally grown through experiencing many different prayer styles and formats that are operating across the globe. Some I feel way more at home in, while others are quite stretching, but nevertheless, I am more equipped and better because of them! After all, iron really does sharpen iron! Here are some options…

Athens Intercessors

In the past has met on a Saturday at the Wesley Chapel. Waiting for a few things to settle before scheduling the next gathering. These are truly an expression of the body of Christ across the city praying together. Details for the next gathering will be released sometime soon.

Athens International Prayer Center

AIPC is located at Cornerstone Church – 4860 Lexington Road, Athens. They are currently open Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm. Worship is continual via cd, live stream from IHOP Kansas City or live musicians. They just started a Thursday evening encounter service. A calendar (and website) will soon be available with more specific times and details for various types of prayer. Please feel free to drop in and pray a bit anytime during the week!

Athens School of Ministry & Worship Arts

They welcome those who want to seek the Lord to overcome spiritual hindrances, emotional wounds, and relational pain.  Those who would like to receive Prayer Ministry can sign up by going to asmwa.org/Request-Appointment. ASMWA also trains people in prayer healing. There is no charge for this service, but donations are welcome!

City Church of Athens

Located at 4019 Atlanta Hwy, Athens, GA 30606, they meet up every second Saturday for their all-church prayer meeting from 8am to 10am. Then every third Saturday they have their men’s prayer group from 8am to 10am. Anybody is welcome to join in! Please stop by and bless them with your prayer partnership!

Classic City Church Ministry Center

Located at 386 N Milledge Avenue, Athens, (2 blocks down from The Varsity), they meet every Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm to worship and pray. Everyone is welcome so feel free to stop by and give them your support.

People Who Will Pray Network

This is a ministry that provides prayer over the phone. Each weekday from 8:50 to 9:15am folks can call in and receive prayer. To get a taste of what they do, pick up your phone during one of the time slots, dial 712-432-1212, when prompted enter 416 568 143#. For more information contact Beverly Coleman at 706-254-9281 or email: peoplewhowwillpraynetwork@gmail.com. If you are interested in receiving prayer or being a prayer this is a great opportunity to dive in.

Nights of Healing Prayer

Once a month from 7:00 to 8:30pm the folks from St James and Gateway United Methodist Churches minister to people through prayer. Each month they alternate venues. On Thursday, September 18, they will be at St. James (111 West Lake Drive, Athens 30606). And on Thursday, October 16, they will be at Gateway (6425 Jefferson Road, Athens 30607). For more info please contact Sandy Blount at 706-296-6192 or sandy.blount@gmail.com.

Prayer walking

Getting on site with insight. We walk and cry out for God to do amazing things among us. Currently we are prayerfully preparing the way for the “21 Day Challenge” coming up this Fall. Next prayer walk is August 9. Meet at the UGA arches at 10am. Concludes by noon.

Athens Pastors Prayer Summit

On September 10, pastors and ministry directors are gathering together to pray. If you are a pastor please consider yourself welcome to join us. If you are not a pastor, please be praying for your pastor… that he’d come and that he’d invite other pastors he knows in Athens to also come. Starts at 9am and concludes at 10:30am. The venue is Living Hope, which is located at 2150 Lexington Road, Athens, GA 30605.

Athens Prayer Directory

In the future I hope to compile a more complete list of ongoing prayer opportunities in Athens as well as the occasional events that arise. If you know of any please send me the details (what it is, who’s welcome, any specific prayer focus, where and when, etc.).

If you’d like more information on the Athens Prayer Network (APN) or would like to make a donation please check out our website – athensprayernetwork.com. If you have any corrections to the above information or want me to know about your prayer group/ministry, please email me at athensprayernetwork@gmail.com. Thanks!

May the Lord God Almighty continue to guide your feet up His holy hill so that you might take your unique place as a prayer warrior in our city!!!