PRAY FOR COLUMBUS is a citywide network of intercessors.
Pastors, prayer groups, business communities, seniors, Bible study groups, students, parents and many others all comprise our diverse network of Christ-followers across central Ohio. Our hearts' desire is to experience God's transforming presence in our lives and see His shalom come to our city. As we celebrate and accelerate united, city-focused prayer and worship, we are not only contending for revival in central Ohio, but also a Great Awakening in our nation. In 2018, we launched a sister prayer network, Pray for Ohio to extend this vision statewide. As leaders of this network, our commitment is long-term. We see our life's work as advancing the gospel movement in our city. Coming under the leadership of Pastors in our community, we are guided by their values, vision and faith statement outlined below.
We meet in small groups across the city on a weekly or monthly basis. In April of 2014, we reached a milestone where every day of the calendar was covered in regular prayer for our city. Today, an average of five groups or more are intentionally praying for our city each day. As our prayer force continues to grow, we eagerly anticipate the fruit of our prayers! Click on the link below to join our prayer force and sign-up to pray for our city on a day of the calendar (monthly or weekly).
In addition to our prayer groups, Pray for Columbus helps orchestrate prayer and worship gatherings each year. Our vision is to see more and more unified worship and prayer gatherings throughout our city!
Our first citywide prayer event in 2014 was held at New Salem Baptist Church where over 1,000 people assembled together to pray from churches across the city. In 2015, we helped coordinate the first ONE NIGHT, which brought together nearly 2,000 people from over 100 churches to worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to pray for unity in the church of Columbus. We experienced continued favor from the Lord that fall as dozens of churches partnered together for the second Concert of Prayer at First Church of God. In 2016, the second ONE NIGHT brought together over 4,000 people from over 250 churches to worship Jesus and pray for revival together as one body! The third Concert of Prayer was then held at The Vineyard in the fall as approximately 1,500 people gathered for a powerful time of worship and intercession. In March of 2017 we gathered in the Celeste Center again for ONE NIGHT 2017 where 5,000 gathered from over 250 churches. Fall of 2017 brought the fourth annual Concert of Prayer hosted at Grove City Church of the Nazarene. We continued in 2018 with two gatherings named ONE NIGHT. The first was in the spring at the Celeste Center where nearly 6,000 joined in worship from 300 or more churches. The second was a hybrid of our Concert of Prayer and ONE NIGHT expressions at Rhema Christian center. 2019 brought together regional ONE NIGHT gatherings throughout our city hosted by local churches. With the pandemic hitting in 2020 we produced a virtual prayer and worship gathering called Step Together, which you can view here. Unified launched at the Statehouse in 2020 with a focus on racial healing and reconciliation. In 2021 we saw nearly 50 churches come together on the same weekend for outdoor gatherings all across our city!! See more about these Unified gatherings here.
Watch a recap from ONE NIGHT 2017 here.
Watch the full ONE NIGHT 2017 live stream here.
Watch the Concert of Prayer from 2016 here.
Watch the Concert of Prayer from 2017 here.
SPIRIT of AGREEMENT
GOSPEL COMMUNITY FOR COLUMBUS
We, the Church of Columbus, affirm a Gospel community that is a visibly united and sustainable movement of the Holy Spirit. As unique congregational ministries, specialty ministries, and marketplace ministries, we commit to the transformation of our city by sharing and proclaiming Jesus Christ, pursuing justice and reconciliation, presenting a faithful public witness, demonstrating biblical generosity, and building authentic relationships across all cultural boundaries.
GOSPEL VISION (“… Jesus is Lord and Christ” Acts 2:14-41)
We affirm a Gospel community that is rooted in the whole counsel of God, consistent with the Gospel foundation of the first disciples and other historical city-wide Christian expressions, and which is:
1. CHRIST-CENTERED - We proclaim the life, death, resurrection and return of the Lord Jesus Christ by faithfully living out the Gospel in word and in deed.
2. CHURCH-DRIVEN - We mobilize congregations and communities of believers to carry out the Great Commission as the people of God gathered and deployed in the city.
3. DISCIPLE-LED - We equip and encourage Christ-followers in all spheres of relationship, ministry and influence with vision, passion and resources.
4. CITY-REACHING - We collaborate with Christian leaders and city influencers to discern the city's needs and work from a posture of humility to demonstrate Christ’s redemptive power.
5. KINGDOM-REALIZING - We serve to mediate the presence of God in the world and the influence of God manifested in the various domains of culture for human flourishing.
GOSPEL VALUES (Acts 2:42-47)
We affirm a Gospel community that is guided by the whole counsel of God and consistent with the lived-out convictions of the early church, which prioritizes:
1. UNIFYING FAITH
2. AUTHENTIC COLLABORATION
3. WHOLE-LIFE DISCIPLESHIP
4. BIBLICAL GENEROSITY
5. FLOURISHING PEACE
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We deeply appreciate and value our diverse Central Ohio Christian community as an expression of how God chooses to be present today. As communicated more fully in the Lausanne Covenant and the Nicene Creed, we embrace locally a commitment to an orthodox evangelical faith and mission grounded by the centrality of Jesus Christ, a Kingdom focus, and a Gospel motivation.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, and that the Bible is divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy, and authoritative in all matters of faith and life.
We believe that there is one true and perfect Creator God, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the person and work of Jesus Christ, including his deity, virgin birth, true humanity, redemptive death, bodily resurrection, ascension, intercessory ministry, and in his personal return in power and glory.
We believe that all people were created in God’s image, but born sinful in nature and alienated from God, yet with the promise of salvation, provision has been made through the all-sufficient sacrifice of Jesus Christ alone received by faith alone and apart from human works.
We believe in the gift of abundant life in Christ through the transforming, indwelling, empowering, and guiding presence of the Holy Spirit, and as manifested and characterized by the gifts and the fruit of the Spirit.
We believe in the spiritual and visible unity in diversity of believers and that the Church as the Body of Christ expressed both locally and globally is called to growth in the knowledge of God, Christian witness and obedience, to meaningful worship, and to faithful ministry and mission in the world.
We believe that God invites everyone everywhere to believe the Gospel through repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ, and that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, where only believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God in the new heaven and the new earth.
In essential beliefs, we have unity. In nonessential beliefs, we have freedom. In all our beliefs, we demonstrate love: Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Isaiah 9:6; Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11, 16-17; 28:19; Mark 16:17; Luke 1:35; 24:16, 36, 39; John 1:1, 2:19; 12-14; 14:17,23; 15:4; 20:26-28; 21:4; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17; 16:31; 19:1-6; 24:15; Romans 1:11; 5:12-21; 8:11; 10:9-10; 12:4-8; 14:1,4,12, 22; 1 Corinthians 1:30, 12:1-31; 13:2; 14:1-40; 15:42, 44; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Ephesians 2:8-9; 4:4-6; 16; Philippians 1:21-23; 3:12-14, 21; 1 Timothy 2:5; 3:16; 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 3:16; 4:14; Titus 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 5:23; Hebrews 2:4; 3:7-11; 9:22; 12:14; 1 Peter 4:10; 2 Peter 1:21; 3:18; 1 John 5:7; Revelation 3:20.