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December 21st, 2010

by Craig Groeschel

One Prayer Update

Over the past three years, over 2,000 churches participated in a unifying movement called One Prayer.

What started as a little idea, God turned into a movement. By His grace, God used those churches to help plant over 2700 churches in China, Cambodia, India and Sudan. According to estimates, over 43,000 people have been baptized through these church plants. May God get all the glory!

It is humbling to play such a small role in something with such big results.

After a lot of prayer, our team has decided not to do a One Prayer series in 2011. We’ll be prayerful about future opportunities for Kingdom initiatives.

Keeping with the spirit of One Prayer, we encourage you to look for opportunities to work with other churches. I know God is honored when you reach out to other church leaders and partner to serve your communities together.

I’m hoping our churches can be an answer to Jesus’ prayer for unity in John 17. May God continue to raise leaders to unite his church and impact the world.

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May 25th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

How is the Church Unstoppable?

OnePrayer.comOne Prayer kicks off in less than two weeks, and it’s great to see the videos that have been rolling in. Gifted teachers have shared messages focusing on the theme Unstoppable. Unstoppable Faith, Unstoppable Power, Unstoppable Passion…this June is going to be a great month of teaching!

If you’re signed up for One Prayer, the messages are ready for you to preview. And if you’re not signed up for One Prayer but wishing you had, it’s not too late. We’d love to have you join us as we share, serve, and give as one.

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May 19th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

What is God Really Like?

Last year during One Prayerwigrl, pastors from all over the world finished the statement “God is…”  These same messages (plus others you may not have had an opportunity to catch) are featured in a new book called What is God Really Like? It’s a collection of 17 One Prayer sermons from gifted teachers like Craig, Andy Stanley, Francis Chan, Jentezen Franklin, Perry Noble, Steven Furtick, and others.

I like the mix of perspectives the book offers. It’s a great representation of how the Church is at its best when it encompasses the diverse strengths, gifts, and passions we all bring to the table.

What is God Really Like is available now on Amazon—just in time to get ready for One Prayer 2010 this June!

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April 8th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

Why Participate in One Prayer?

OnePrayer.comIf you’re trying to decide whether your church should take part in One Prayer, I wanted to share some potential benefits:

  • People who don’t go to church take notice when churches bicker and tear each other down. You can show them something different with One Prayer. Instead of just talking about Jesus, we display His love through a unified and global biblical community.
  • It’s a great way to bring energy to your church during what typically might be a slow season.
  • One Prayer can help your people shift their focus outward through community service and outreach projects, as well as an offering to inspire generosity beyond the four walls of your church building.
  • It’s the perfect opportunity for corporate prayer and fasting.
  • If you’ve been wondering whether video teaching would work at your church, One Prayer is a low-risk way to try it out.
  • You can build new relationships with churches in your community. Team up with them on a service project or simply use it as the reason to reach out and make a connection with other pastors. You never know what might result from those relationships!
  • One Prayer is a chance for your church to experience something global. So far, churches from South Africa, Guatemala, Great Britain, India, Nigeria, Honduras, Australia, Bolivia, and more are participating.
  • It gives pastors 3-4 weeks off from teaching, while other great spiritual leaders bring new perspectives to your church.

Now is the ideal time to register your church for One Prayer 2010.

If you’re already signed up, we’re glad to have you on board! We’d love it if you tell other pastors about One Prayer.  We don’t want to leave anyone out that wants to participate.  Don’t assume that everyone knows…they don’t.  Please take the time to invite your networks of relationships to join with us all. We’ve prepared some resources to make it easy for you to spread the word.

I’m really excited to see what God does in and through our churches during the third year of One Prayer!

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March 25th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

How One Prayer is Influencing Churches

OnePrayer.comLately I’ve been learning that One Prayer has an influence and reach far beyond what I had ever realized. For some churches, it’s been the impetus to partner with other churches in their community. For others, it’s opened the door to video teaching in their church. And for many others, it’s been a network to plant and support new churches…there are churches around the world that call themselves One Prayer Churches.

For those of you who’ve been a part of One Prayer over the last two years, thank you for making all this possible (and I hope you’re already signed up again for this year!). If you haven’t had the opportunity to participate in One Prayer yet, I strongly encourage you to join us this June. Now is the time to register your church and start making plans.

We just released a new version of OnePrayer.com today to help you make it a great month of unity and outreach at your church. You’ll find new info and resources, so check it out!

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March 19th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

India: Global Partnerships

While we were in India, we had the privilege of visiting some groups and organizations we’ve partnered with. We got to spend time with Jack Magruder from Granger Community Church, and their partner in India, Life Mission International. opchurchindiaWith the help of the One Prayer initiative, hundreds of churches have been planted there and tens of thousands of evangelistic contacts have been made.

It was a great reminder of the importance of churches and ministries working together to accomplish more than we could on our own. If we were truly united, I believe the Great Commission could be fulfilled within our lifetime. The Church has the resources and the connectivity to make that happen if we were all pulling together.

This is why we’re excited about the 3rd year of One Prayer coming up in June. If your church hasn’t signed up, we’d love to have you on board! You can learn more and register at http://oneprayer.com.

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March 3rd, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

One Prayer 2010 Teaching Theme

I’m in India today, as part of a global trip with some of our team. Talking to church leaders far from home gets me even more excited about what can happen when we work together…like during One Prayer.

Many of you have expressed interest in the teaching theme for this year, and I’m excited to let you know it’s official…

The One Prayer 2010 teaching theme is: Unstoppable.

When the Church unites, it’s unstoppable… unstoppable grace, 
unstoppable compassion, 
unstoppable evangelism, 
unstoppable love, 
unstoppable generosity
, unstoppable truth
, unstoppable hope…

Now is a great time to gather your creative team and see where God leads you on this topic. One Prayer is a unique opportunity to share teaching and resources on a global scale, and you make that possible with the messages you contribute.

To help with your planning, the deadline for submitting messages will be in early May. Looking forward to many great messages this year!

And while you’re thinking of One Prayer, don’t forget to register your church if you haven’t already!

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February 17th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

One Prayer 2010

This June, you’re invited to take part in the third year of a global event: One Prayer 2010. Once again, churches around the world will be teaming up to share resources, serve their communities, and give to a meaningful cause.

When we launched One Prayer in 2008, we had no idea what to expect. What we planned was four churches sharing teaching messages for a month. Very quickly, God took that seed of an idea and grew it to 1,800 churches around the globe, partnering in many ways, including an initiative that planted more than 1,600 churches over two years. Those churches call themselves “One Prayer Churches” and are making a lasting difference in areas of the world where it’s extremely difficult to spread the Gospel.

We’d love to have your church take part in One Prayer this June. Details are still developing, but you can register at www.oneprayer.com today. It’s an incredible opportunity to stand in unity with other churches and share the message of Jesus with the world.

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