Arkansas Baptist News
A TWO-DAY intensive prayer event titled “A Call to Pray for Revival & Awakening: A Gathering for Pastors and All Ministers” is scheduled for April 21-22 at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church, Little Rock. The prayer gathering is set for 6 to 10 p.m. Monday, April 21, and from 8:30 a.m. to noon the following day.
The prayer event is a Cooperative Program ministry of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) and is hosted by the ABSC Task Force for Prayer, Revival and Spiritual Awakening, which is part of the church revitalization process.
Ronnie Floyd, task force member and senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, will facilitate the event, with Julio Arriola, global worship pastor at Cross Church, and his worship team leading worship.
The goal of the event is to have a time for serious prayer for revival in the Church and awakening in the nation.
“I’m convinced that probably the most pressing need we have is for focused and intense prayer,” said J.D. “Sonny” Tucker, ABSC executive director. “And there seems to be a prayer movement that is awakening in the Southern Baptist Convention and in Arkansas, and we just want to do all we can to enhance that.”
The April prayer event is specifically targeted toward ministers – such as pastors, retired pastors, church staff members, ministry students, associational missionaries, itinerate ministers and the staff of ABSC agencies and institutions.
Floyd played an integral role in similar events that were recently held on a national level in Dallas and Atlanta. Tucker said a couple of ABSC team leaders attended one of the events and returned saying it was one of the most powerful events they had experienced.
Tucker expects the Arkansas event in April – inspired by the Dallas and Atlanta meetings – to serve as a kickoff to similar events throughout the state.
“We do want this to set a pattern, a precedent for the state,” said Tucker. “We do want to model this intense prayer meeting. We envision this going to associations, clusters of churches and to the church level.”
Tucker emphasized that the April meeting is a focused time for serious prayer.
“This is not a seminar about prayer – this is a guided 8-hour prayer meeting where we do a lot of intense praying,” he said.
During the event, a number of speakers from around the state will speak on certain aspects of prayer for about 10 minutes each, Tucker said. Prayer will follow and the process will be repeated – with worship taking place during the event as well.
“Also we’re asking this not be a come-and-go (event). This is ‘come and stay,’” Tucker said. “And we’ve asked people not to plan on lingering in the halls to fellowship. This is for hard-core praying folks. There’ll be other events that will be more conducive to fellowship. This is ‘come and stay and come and pray.’”
Tucker shared about his heart for seeing revival in the Natural State.
“We’ve got some of the most unbelievably wonderful folks in the state, and I see pockets of revival happening,” he said.
“We’ve got some churches that are just in stages of incredible revival, but I would like to see us as a whole state learn to pay the price in prayer, seeking God, and experience His power moving like never before.”
Other members of the ABSC Task Force for Prayer, Revival and Spiritual Awakening Task Force include: Manley Beasley Jr., pastor of Hot Springs Baptist Church, Hot Springs; Diane Blackwood, Arkansas Woman’s Missionary Union president and senior adult minister at Family Fellowship Baptist Church, Jonesboro; Bill Elliff, pastor of The Summit Church, North Little Rock; Don Moore, retired ABSC executive director; Ron Owens, Arkansas Baptist evangelist; Ken Shaddox, pastor of Park Hill Baptist Church, North Little Rock; Lowell Snow, Arkansas Baptist evangelist; Larry W. White, pastor of First Baptist Church, Cherokee Village, and Dennis Wilkins, retired Arkansas Baptist pastor.
To register for the prayer gathering, visit www.prayarkansas.com, call 501-376-4791, ext. 5103, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Jessica Vanderpool at email@example.com.