Ohio

NE Ohio

The Gathering: A Call to Seek God

The Gathering is a call to:

  • Respond in faith to the distressing degradation of American culture and churches.
  • Draw near to God in repentance and hope trusting that he will then draw near to us as we seek him
    (James 4:8).
  • Unite in biblically grounded, Holy Spirit-guided prayer for a God-given spiritual awakening that
    empowers believers and churches for compelling Christian witness and service.

WHEN: Sunday, March 10th, @ 6:00 pm
WHERE: Calvary Chapel Cleveland, 709 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland

Use the following QR code to signify your intention to participate:
During the Prayer at the Heart pilot in NE Ohio (5/8 – 6/17), including a gathering in Cleveland Public Sq., and while praying and ministering to over 2,000 people at The Fest, we witnessed the first fruits of a great awakening – God’s presence coming and deeply touching people, leading to conviction, repentance, salvation, healing and deliverance.

Why? – We believe scripture provides the keys for a great awakening, and we followed these during the pilot:

  • Humble, desperate, unified prayer and intercession;
  • Unity – in the person of Jesus Christ – to exalt Him only – all streams of the Church and across ethnicities; and
  • Mobilize – Go outside the walls of our buildings (comfort zones) to reach ‘lost and broken people,’ including prayers of ‘blessing!’

We will be following this model in our roll out plan for the Fall across OH – the Church arising across OH at the same time! Details for the NE Ohio roll out are provided below with details for the rest of the state to follow.

IT’S TIME – we humbly invite every Christian in Ohio to link arms together with these initiatives, to let our light shine to glorify Jesus, and drive the darkness out of our state and the nation!

Please text HOPE to 216 293 6655 to volunteer and/or donate and/or receive scripture/prayers and/or ask for help.

Plans in Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Celina, Toledo and in many counties across Ohio will be announced shortly.

Please contact us if you would like to participate in your city or county.

Churches

We want to ‘link arms’ with hundreds of churches in NE Ohio.

Our prayer is that thousands of people will come to faith in Christ during the 40 days of prayer, care and share and in the central gathering on June 17th 2023.

New believers and people who want to know more about Christ, will be directed to a church near where they live.

Please consider if and how you might be able to help with any of the Functional Mission teams such as helping the poor or the widows and orphans. For example, you may already be reaching out to the ‘lost and broken’ through your own initiatives, and you can link these into what is being planned, for example, with leadership and other resources.

Click FAQ’s for answers on questions such as:

  • What happens after the central gathering on June 17th 2023?
  • What if we disagree with the theology of some of the churches taking part in PATH?
  • Will our church be asked for money?
  • What commitment are you asking for from our church?
  • What if we’re not equipped for troubled individuals or families?

Please encourage your members to participate in one or more of the Functional Mission Teams by joining through  www.prayerattheheart.org/neohio/

Below is a selection of the churches that we are humbled to be linking arms with in NE Ohio

Akron

  • Love Akron, Kemp Boyd

Amherst

  • The River Church

Avon

  • Church of the North Coast
  • Ascent
  • Cathedral of Life
  • Bay Presbyterian Church

Aurora

  • Awakening Church

Brunswick

  • St Ambrose Parish
  • Bethel Church

Cleveland

  • The Church COGIC
  • Manna Church
  • Calvary Chapel
  • Refuge Community Church
  • Hope City Church

Middleburg Heights

  • Grace Church
  • Community of Faith Collaborative (>50 Latino Churches)

Lorain

  • House of Praise
  • Beyond the Walls
  • Oasis of Peace
  • Elyria SDA
  • Your Son Our Savior
  • Champion Center Church
  • Mision Cristiana El Faro

Ohio City

  • St Patrick’s Parish

Wickliffe

  • Fr. Damain Ference and 125 parishes in NE Ohio
  • Church of the North Coast

Garfield Heights

  • Bible Baptist Church
  • Christian Kingdom Assembly
  • Church on the North Coast
  • Everlasting Covenant Ministries
  • Faith Community Baptist Church
  • Friends of the Bridegroom Min.
  • Garfield Heights Church
  • Garfield Heights Methodist Church
  • God’s House of Provision
  • God’s Miracle Temple
  • Hathaway United Methodist Church
  • Holy Spirit Church
  • Korean American Presbyterian Church
  • Maranatha Christian Fellowship
  • New Journey Church
  • The Rock Church
  • St. John Lutheran Church
  • The Village Church
  • St. Monica
  • Ss. Peter & Paul Parish
“Whenever God determines to do a great work, He first sets His people to pray” (C. Spurgeon). This reliable principle begs the question: “How does God mobilize his people to heartfelt prayer?” Most importantly, how does God move Christian leaders who shepherd His church to unite in fervent, persistent, biblically focused prayer for the fulfillment of His purposes? By two things mainly: 1) distress over the degradation of the church and the surrounding culture and 2) hope that God will pour out His Spirit on his church and fill it with His fulness until it overflows with transformative impact on society. Many believers are distressed at the current state of things. At the same time, there is much reason to hope for God’s divine intervention in response to passionate, biblically guided prayer.

Believers across America now mourn the debility of the church; its vitality is faltering, its impact fading, its mission neglected, and its devotion to God being undercut by love for this world. Right now we are enduring the largest and fastest religious shift in American history. Its scope is greater than every previous spiritual awakening in our history combined, only in the opposite direction. Christians are being confronted by “spiritual forces of evil” (Eph. 6:12) operating from the heavenly realms that boldly infiltrate every aspect of society, even the church. These dark powers aim to 1) frustrate God’s purpose to bless all peoples on earth through Christ with countless benefits, including righteousness, peace, joy, and justice, and 2)
inflict endless varieties of misery on everyone. When spiritual decline and cultural decay prevail, God’s people rise up to seek the Lord in prayer as the fountain of every blessing, asking him to fill the earth with his glory, pour out His Holy Spirit, inspire his church, and deliver people and cultures from innumerable troubles. Now is the time to pray with desperation for spiritual and cultural renewal, for divine intervention, for the fulfillment of God’s purposes for his church and his creation in Northeast Ohio.

Christian leaders, especially pastors, have a heightened responsibility to press into God with prayer for the church. Biblical precedent shows that gathering church leaders together to engage in heartfelt prayer for the welfare of their community often initiates widespread spiritual and social renewal both in church and society (2 Chron. 7:13-14; 15:8-10; 34:29-32). New Testament accounts show that when Christian leaders unite in prayer, often in response to social and/or spiritual crises, spiritual awakening and gospel advance follow (Acts 1:13-14; 2:1-4; 4:23-31; 13:1-3).

Jesus himself instills expectation of an outpouring of God’s Spirit in response to prayer with this promise: “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13). Our Father in heaven is especially ready to pour out upon us the blessing we most need and long for, the very Spirit of God who imparts divine life, wisdom, and virtue.

With all this in mind, now is the time for Christian leaders across Northeast Ohio to come together to seek the Lord with biblically grounded, Christ-directed, wholehearted prayer for a God-given spiritual awakening. The trumpet of God is blaring! He is calling us to pray! Join Christian leaders from across our region to humble ourselves, seek the Lord’s face, and be willing to respond through His intervening grace to any changes He calls us to make! (Psalm 110:3)

The Gathering is an extension of the nationwide PATH (Prayer at the Heart) initiative piloted recently in Northeast Ohio. Put The Gathering on your calendar: Sunday, September 24, 6 pm, Calvary Chapel of Cleveland, 709 Brook Park Road, Brooklyn Heights, OH.