Friday, January 20, 2006

Get Equipped ~ Go National, Regional, or In Your House!

===>A major responsibility for the congregational prayer leader is the equipping of the saints to do the work of the prayer ministry ... Seriously consider these three options below ...

Prayer Quake/Empowered
The Sixth Annual Convention of the Church Prayer Leaders Network

Registrations are open for the sixth annual CPLN Convention. This year we are rolling "Empowered" into "PrayerQuake," partnering with Bridgebuilders and the Phoenix Church Prayer Leaders Network.

Dates: June 14-16
Location: Word of Grace Church, Mesa, AZ
Speakers: Henry Blackaby, Dutch Sheets, Jackson Senyonga
Cost: CPLN members who register before Feb 15, $69

We also are holding regional conferences in the following locations:

New England Regional
March 17-18
College Church
Northamption, MA

Western Regional
Sept. 15-16
Christ Community Church
San Jose, CA

Midwest Regional
October 26-28
Maryland Community Church
Terre Haute, IN

SouthWest Regional
Dallas Area
Dates TBA

NorthCentral Regional
Nov. 9-11
Grace Church
Cleveland, OH

Would Your Church Like to Host a Conference?

One of the best ways to jump start people into a deeper level of prayer is to encourage them through a conference. Many of you attend our regional or national conferences, some churches spending thousands of dollars to do so. While we want to continue challenging you to come to our events, have you ever thought of bringing an event to your area? Most of our regional conferences are planned due to an invitation from the hosting church, not us seeking a location.

What Does it Take?

There are three possible conferences you can host.

1. An individual speaker conference.
The CPLN and our parent ministry Harvest Prayer Ministries have 13 different speakers who can facilitate a prayer conference. These conferences are put on and expenses covered by your church. In a sense you are paying to bring in a speaker for a prayer weekend. Expenses may vary, based on travel and housing expenses and agreed upon honorarium. Each speaker has slightly different requirements. You can pick a speaker either by topic or closeness to you. The speakers are listed below, with their location and whether or not they travel nationally or regionally. Click on their names and an email window will pop up.

Jonathan Graf, Indiana, National
Phil Miglioratti, Chicago, National
John and Kerry Shuey, Eastern Pennsylvania, National/International
Dennis and Betty Jo Conner, Dallas, TX, National
Ginny Kisling, San Jose, CA, Regional
Jim Graddy, FLorida, Regional

Harvest Prayer Minsitries Teachers
David and Kim Butts, Indiana, National
Jeff Noel, Kentucky, National
Alvin VanderGriend, Washington, National
Ren Vandesteeg, San Antonio, TX, National
Lisa Flake, Indiana, National
Jeff Coon, Indiana, Regional

2. A CPLN Regional Conference
A church asks to host a regional event that will be advertised by the CPLN nationally. The CPLN brings in at least two speakers to provide keynotes and workshops. The church provides a worship team, a local logistics planning committee, volunteers, and its facilities free of charge (no room rental, hourly pay for technicians, etc.). The church also focuses on inviting other local churches and does promotion in its city. There are three possible funding plans for this kind of conference:

Plan A. (The most popular) Much like having a speaker come in, the host church pays CPLN $2,000. This is due several months ahead of the conference. They pay no other expenses to CPLN. CPLN pays its own travel and hotel expenses, and covers speaker honorariums. The CPLN makes the rest of what it needs to put on the conference through registration fees. Here's the great benefit for the host church: because it paid $2,000, the host church's members can come to the conference free. The $2,000 is in essence scholarshiping its people.

Plan B. The host church provides its facilities free, pays CPLN $1,000, but its people pay a significantly reduced registration fee (Usually 40-50% off or $20-$25).

Plan C. The host church simply opens its facilities for free and promotes the conferences locally. It pays nothing to CPLN. In this plan, the members of the congregation receive a reduced rate on the registration fee (Usually 25-33% off or $30-$35). The CPLN will only agree to use this plan if we see a strong member base in the region.

With CPLN Regionals, we need a church that can handle at least 300 people in its sanctuary, and has enough rooms to have 4-6 workshops.

3. Host an Annual National Convention
We are currently looking for sites for 2007 and 2008 (most likely early June). While we are currently considering either metro Kansas City or metro Detroit, we could be wooed anywhere. We have the following requirements.

A. The church and it senior pastor are sold out to wanting this event in their facility.
B. The church's sanctuary could handle at least 2,000 people (we open the evening sessions to the public)
C. Enough CE rooms/meeting rooms to handle 1,000-1,200 people
D. Enough space for ministry booths, breaks, etc.
E. Resonably modern technology available
F. Willing to host free of charge (If we break even, we always give a financial gift to the church)
G. Within 30 minutes of a major airport
H. Within 5-10 minutes of 250-350 hotel rooms

What does the church get (besides a few headaches)? The pleasure of blessing its region and churches with a national, major conference featuring powerful speakers and worship. A chance to expose its people to wonderful teachers who will inspire them toward greater levels of prayer, which will take your church deeper toward becoming a house of prayer.

If you are at all interested in the possibility of hosting any of these conferences, please contact either the individual speaker or Jon Graf (812) 446-9028.

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