God Sets A New Direction
The Australian Prayer Network (APN) has moved into a new gear, conducting Watchmen Schools of Intercession (WSOI) across the Nation. The concept was given by the Lord just 5 years ago at an APN National Leaders Summit and has quickly developed into one of its major ministry activities. Schools of Intercession have been developed for the purpose of training Christians in how to pray for our Nation and the Nations of the world, as well as for the Church in Australia and beyond.
We Were Totally Unprepared
National Coordinator Brian Pickering said, “We were totally unprepared for the response we have seen to these Schools. The depth of interest shown by Christians across the nation, in some cases bordering on desperation, has revealed to us the deep hunger people have to understand, not only how to pray, but how prayer can be used to turn our nation back to God.”
With nothing but word of mouth publicity, more than 9,000 people have attended 250 Foundation Level face-to-face and DVD Schools with more than 2,100 people going on to the Intermediate Level School and 700 having completed the Advanced Level. Registrations for upcoming schools around the nation continue to exceed expectations with many schools booked out months in advance.
It’s About Real Life,
All levels of the School will continue to be rolled out annually while there is continuing demand for them. A team of National Prayer leaders within the Australian Prayer Network who have wide national and international experience, have been drawn together to assist in meeting current and anticipated future demand for the School. Pastors and prayers alike have attended, with stories emerging at almost every Course of people travelling hundreds of kilometres to attend. Responses to the teaching and impartation at the School have been as revealing as they have been exciting. A number of Pastors have asked the question, “where has this teaching been for the past 20 years” to “I want to ensure that every person in my congregation gets to hear this teaching”. Another stated, “this is not just about prayer, it is about real life”. Experienced Intercessors have also been exuberant in their comments with some coming back a second and third time to more fully absorb all the teaching being offered. One man who had struggled with prayer all his life said to his wife upon returning home, “I get it, I get it, I now understand what prayer is and how it works”.
The School consists of 3 levels. Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. Each is a self-contained module, with each module building on the other and participants in the School must attend all sessions of each level in order to progress through the School to completion. The APN has stated, there is “no skipping of levels allowed, irrespective of previous experience”.
- Foundation Level schools are hosted and run locally.
- Intermediate and Advanced Level schools are “live-in” (no exceptions), and are held at a State and National level respectively.
- There is no registration fee to participate in the Watchmen School of Intercession although a faith offerings are taken at each school to assist in covering costs.
The Watchmen Schools are being made available to Churches, Christian ministries and established prayer groups and networks across Australia. Although there are three levels to the School, there is no obligation for anyone attending the initial Foundation Level to proceed Intermediate and Advanced Levels unless they desire to do so. Those attending the Foundation level course have stated they consider it a paradigm changer in its own right. People may also pull out after the Intermediate Level if they do not wish to go on to the Advanced Level.
The Foundation Level is held in local communities and is spread over 6 sessions. It is usually held as a two-day intensive or two sessions per day over 3 days. This course is suitable for both experienced prayers, as well as those wanting to know more about the disciplines of prayer, how prayer relates beyond our personal relationship with God, and how it is a spiritual weapon that God uses to change the world around us.
Hosts of the Foundation Level Course bear no financial responsibility other than to provide a venue and promote it locally. All other costs including travel and accommodation for the speakers are the responsibility of the APN. The Australian Prayer Network is willing to undertake a Foundation Level Course anywhere in Australia on the basis of an attendance of 30 or more people. In order to ensure that smaller communities, individual Churches who cannot combine with others, or isolated prayer groups not miss out, there is an option of an APN run DVD School. Special conditions apply to DVD School’s that can be explained and discussed when a person enquires to have a School run in their area.
All levels of the School have been crafted so as to cover a wide variety of teaching relative to prayer, intercession, and the principles of city and national transformation. MP3 CD’s of the School will be sold or distributed to only those who participate and complete the relevant School level and is for personal review purposes only. After completion of the Foundation Level DVD school, participants, should they so choose, are qualified to move on to Intermediate and Advanced Levels.
Intermediate and Advance Levels are centralised to State and National gatherings to enable participants to learn in a community environment interacting with other praying people from across their State and the nation. Like the Foundation Level, there is no charge for the Intermediate or Advanced Levels. The APN covers all accommodation and meal costs of attendees and asks only that those attending contribute to a faith offering towards the costs of the School . This way no one is excluded on the basis of cost. At the end of the Advanced Level participants will be invited to participate in a 40 Hour Strategic Prayer Weekend in Australia and/or an international Prayer Journey to another nation to complete the School.
How To Organise A School
Pastors, prayer groups and/or other leaders who would like to host a Foundation Level Course or a DVD School in their locality should contact the National Coordinator of the Australian Prayer Network, Mr. Brian Pickering at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how this might best be achieved.