Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey, director of the Missional Church Consultation Initiative (MCCI), presented the concept of the Breakthrough Prayer Initiative to 191 people, representing 30 churches on June 30. This workshop grew out of the book that was handed out last year at Annual Conference entitled "Flood Gates" by Kibbey. She explained, “Breakthrough Prayer Initiative is pretty simple; it’s not a class, not a committee, not a sermon series, and not a program. It’s a church-wide prayer movement. It doesn’t replace existing prayers. It’s an additive component. Breakthrough prayer is praying to God for new possibilities and dreams for our congregations and personal lives.” Kibbey said that other leaders are involved, but the pastor must be the spiritual leader.

The workshop was divided into four sessions, and provided best practices from many churches, examples of what other churches have deployed, time for each group to develop a take-home guide to implement at their congregation, as well as a link to download all videos from the training. In Session 1, Kibbey described three types of collective prayers. She said that Threshold Prayer is for churches that know something needs to happen, so prayers center around “surrendering the current reality, and asking God to bring the next new reality; show us what we need to do.” She said that Archers Prayer is when the church needs something specific to happen. She gave the example of a church that needed more parking space. The congregation walked and prayed and got the opportunity to purchase adjacent property. The third kind of prayer is Prevailing Prayer, which is for churches that want to make prayer their passion.

In Session 2, Rev. Kibbey talked about the different styles of prayer, including silent, spoken, with and without touch, as well as sitting, kneeling and walking. She also explained that “lights on,” when you feel God’s presence, and “lights off,” when you don’t feel it, are still both times when God is there and present. God hears your prayer whether you feel it or not. Kibbey also said that prayer is not just word habits of the mind; not just asking God to protect us; not against other people; and not the same as preaching. “Prayer is a request for a miracle and aligns us with God’s best will and purpose,” Kibbey said.

In Session 3, Rev. Kibbey talked about the fears that can hold us back, like speaking in pubic. And, in Session 4, Kibbey focused on step-by-step ideas for implementing Breakthrough Prayer in congregations, starting with the creation of a church-wide initiative, followed by implementing it into worship, meetings, rehearsals, team gatherings, across all age groups, and adventures. She said that the initiative can be fueled by preaching.

She gave numerous examples of churches that have successfully implemented Breakthrough Prayer, including one that handed out miniature egg timers to everyone. Each person used the egg timer to pray for five minutes every day for their initiative. Another involved handing out “prayer stars” to the congregation, each one having a different need to pray about.

Other Conferences and congregations have utilized this initiative to develop their “church's heart to reach its neighborhood with the message and love of Christ with innovation and impact.” The Conference is planning to offer more workshops in the future. If you are interested or have any question, contact Sam Royappa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

View photos from the training here.