Conference urges people to pray toward His passion
    March 2 2011 by BSC Communications

    About six years ago LifeWay Research surveyed nearly 1,300 evangelical leaders in order to find out what these leaders believed to be the most challenging issues facing the church today. Ranking No. 1, above other issues that tend to be polarizing such as abortion and homosexuality, was prayer, or the need for more “ongoing, passionate prayer in both personal and church life.”

    Chris Schofield, director of the office of prayer for evangelization and spiritual awakening for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), said he believes if the survey were to be done again today the top answer would still be the same.

    “We need a spiritual revival in this state, this nation and in this world. That cannot happen until God’s people are committed to seeking God’s face in prayer and to crying out for Him to change hearts,” Schofield said. “Christians often forget that we can do nothing in our own strength. We need God to fill us with His power through the working of the Holy Spirit. That only happens when we pray.”

    The upcoming statewide prayer conference “Praying Toward His Passion” is an opportunity for North Carolina Baptists to re-focus their attention on Kingdom-focused prayer and to learn how to have a meaningful prayer life. The conference will be held March 11-12 at Village Baptist Church in Fayetteville. 

    “We pray that this conference is a time of learning practical helps for developing a Kingdom-focused prayer life that results in a stronger faith and a stronger witness. We also look forward to spending time in God’s Word and learning from excellent teachers what scripture tells us about the power of prayer,” Schofield said. 

    Plenary session speakers include:
    • Tom Blackaby, director, Blackaby Ministries International (
    • Dick Eastman, international president, Every Home for Christ (
    • Roy Fish, distinguished professor emeritus of evangelism, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Gary Frost, president, Concerts of Prayer Greater New York (
    • Frank Page, president and chief executive officer, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee
    • Don Whitney, associate professor of biblical spirituality, senior associate dean of the School of Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    In addition to plenary sessions, a series of focus groups will be offered. Those sessions feature topics such as prayer and planting churches, the role of prayer in discipleship, prayer and the evangelistic mission, prayer and spiritual awakening, and prayer and reaching students.

    The conference begins at 2 p.m. Friday, March 11 and ends at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Cost is $20. Visit

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