National Day of Prayer Task Force
The National Day of Prayer Task Force is a ministry launched by the NPC to give focus to the Christian expression on the National Day of Prayer. Each year more than 40,000 prayer events take place on the National Day of Prayer. These events are largely the result of the efforts, promotion, and support of the Task Force. Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the National Day of Prayer Task Force is currently led by co-chairmen Shirley Dobson and John Bornshein.
Global Day of Prayer
We have been invited to join the rest of the world in prayer! Beginning in 2000 with a vision for uniting believers in South Africa in a day of prayer and repentance a movement has swept across Africa which resulted in 22 million believers praying together in all 56 nations on the continent. Now our brothers and sisters in Africa have asked the world to join them for a Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost, May 2, 2007. America’s National Prayer Committee is promoting and encouraging Americans to join in on this historic day in the history of God’s people. At the October 2004 International Prayer Committee meeting in Thailand, seventy prayer leaders from each of the major regions of the world, met to consult and plan for the Global Day of Prayer. Among these were several members of America’s National Prayer Committee. These leaders represent networks that affect tens of millions of Christians. The commitment to proceed was re-confirmed by these leaders as was the conviction that the Global Day of Prayer process should continue each year until 2010, in order to build momentum and fill the earth. This plan was announced and promoted to the nearly 1700 international leaders gathered for the Lausanne Conference on World Evangelization meeting nearby.
Prayer Connect is a bi-monthly, full-color, subscription-based magazine entirely on prayer. It is available in both print and digital formats. America’s National Prayer Committee is a co-sponsor of, and gives direction to, this resource, along with the Denominational Prayer Leaders Network and the International Prayer Council. Each issue of Prayer Connect includes a theme, but also has several non-theme articles on aspects of prayer and includes the following columns on the following: News, Ideas, Prayer Leader, Revival, and Classics. To see a sample or to subscribe go to prayerconnect.net.
Task Force on Theological Education
The Task Force on Theological Education was formed in 2005 as a result of a discussion at a prayer conference. The discussion, between a number of prayer ministry heads, related to the lack of prayer education provided to ministerial students in Bible colleges and seminaries. Most of the participants had seminary educations, and none had ever had a course on prayer–personal or corporate–while in seminary.
Out of that discussion the task force was formed, and this group began looking at ways to make seminaries and Bible colleges aware of this desperate need. Many pastors start their ministries without a clue as to how to lead a church prayer meeting effectively, how to lead a board in seeking the Lord on a difficult decision, how to disciple in prayer.
The first recommendation to come from the Task Force was to provide a potential curriculum or resource to professor–either to use as a primary text book, or a supplemental one in ministry level courses. The first outcome was the publication of Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry. Dr. Dan R. Crawford, the book’s compiler, serves as the chair of the Task Force.