Thursday, December 30, 2010

Awakening Prayer in January 2011

Here are all of the events and resources related to our Awakening Prayer emphasis at Royal Ridge Church of God (Scarborough, Maine). Take note of the following events, emphases and resources for January 2011:

Saturday Night Prayer. On Saturday nights (Jan. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29) at 6:30 p.m., the Royal Ridge Church of God sanctuary will be opened for an hour of prayer. Attention will be given to praying over prayer requests that have come in during the week. Intercessors will also devote time to praying for the following day of services.

Awakening Prayer for 2011. On Jan. 2 at 6:30 p.m. this special prayer service will be conducted at Royal Ridge Church of God in Scarborough, Maine. The service will be conducted along a Worship and Intercession format with worship being led by Jonathan Zajas, worship leader from Full Life Assembly of God in Franklin, Tennessee. We will be focusing on the following prayer themes:

  • Prayer for One Another
  • Prayer for Israel
  • Prayer for America
  • Prayer for the Harvest
  • Prayer for Church Leaders
  • Prayer for the Rising Generation
  • Prayer for Revival and Spiritual Awakening

Prepare Your Annual Bible Reading Plan. Here at the start of a New Year, this is a good time to prepare your annual Bible reading plan. You may be interested in following one of the Bible Reading plans found at

Submit Your Prayer Requests Online. You may submit your Prayer Requests to the Royal Ridge Prayer Ministry Team by means of this form. NEW

Seminar: Becoming a House of Prayer. On Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 6:30 p.m., I will be delivering the same seminar and material that I have been teaching across the nation over the past ten years.

21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. Jan. 10-30. Throughout the Church of God, our congregations are encouraged to participate in this extended "season" of prayer. We will be giving special attention to this emphasis at Royal Ridge Church of God. Here are a few helpful websites to help you prepare:

Minnesota Prayer Summit. Jan. 14-15. Together with Bishop Randy and Kathy Hamon, I will be facilitating this time of God-encounter with Minnesota's pastors and leaders.

Northern New England Pastoral Covenant Group. Jan. 20-22. Lead pastors serving Church of God congregations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont will convene at Royal Ridge Church of God in Scarborough, Maine for three days of fellowship, prayer and ministry development.

Pastors Prayer Partners. With the assistance of Jerry Gerlach, Royal Ridge Church of God is launching a new prayer ministry partnership between members of the congregation and the lead pastor.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Returning to Royal Ridge!

Royal Ridge in the late 1990's
On August 8th it became official. The Turpin family is moving back to Northern New England where I will be serving as the pastor of Royal Ridge Church of God (Scarborough, Maine)! Glory to God!

My first contact with this church was in the summer of 1980 when it was still known as Thornton Heights Church of God (South Portland). Little did I know during that short week of ministry that I would one day be returning to serve the congregation--first as associate pastor (1984-1988) and then as senior pastor (1995-2001 and 2010).

We feel so blessed that the Lord is allowing us to return to witness the fulfillment of the vision that He birthed in our hearts in the early 1980's. To God be all the glory!

(A note to our Seminary and Pastoral Covenant Group friends: I will continue to teach a few of my online courses, and I will also remain connected with the Pastoral Covenant Group ministry, serving as a consultant and occasional trainer.)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Prayer Seminar at River Hills (Tampa, FL)

On July 23-25, Kerry and I will be returning to River Hills Church of God in Tampa, Florida to conduct another "Praying Church" seminar. This year's theme is "Spirit-Enabled Prayer."

Seminar sessions will be conducted Friday night and Saturday morning. We will close out the weekend of training and ministry with a message in the Sunday morning service.

If you are within driving distance, we hope that you can join us. We would also appreciate your prayer cover.

For more information, please contact the church at 813.985.2388. Pastor J. D. Simmons is the host pastor.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Pastors and Spouses Retreat

This weekend (April 23-24) Kerry and I ministered at a retreat for pastoral couples in Dandridge, Tennessee. Our session dealt with "Prayer and the Pastoral Family."

Pastoral Covenant Group facilitator, Steve Gardner and his wife, Kelly, were the hosts. The group consisted of Pastoral Covenant Group (PCG) participants and their spouses. Other presenters included Steve Chelette and Pastor Jeremy and Alicia Guyselman.

I believe that this event was especially significant for the spouses of these pastors. Previously these pastors have enjoyed the renewal and development opportunities that their PCG provides. Now their wives have begun a similar journey, thanks to the grassroots initiative of this PCG. Kerry and I are looking forward to seeing what develops from this new endeavor.

A number of you covered us in prayer during this weekend of ministry. Thank you so much! Your prayers made a difference in very specific ways.

Blessings to all of you in Jesus!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Prayer Seminar at Royster Avenue Church of God

This morning's message at Royster Avenue Church of God (Shelby, NC) concluded this weekend's "Praying Church" seminar. Pastor Richard Shores, his family and his congregation are such tremendous people.

This church already has a good momentum in the ministry of prayer, yet seminar participants were so receptive and eager to build upon the foundation that they already have. Six months from now I'll be interested to hear what new developments will have come to fruition among them.

Prayer Partners, I thank you for praying for this event. God certainly met us. In the final teaching session on Saturday, the Lord powerfully spoke to us as prophetic gifts were manifested. The Sunday morning service was an awesome thing to behold. The adults prayed prayers of blessing over the children and teens, and then the children and teens turned around and prayed prayers of blessing and honor over the adults!

There is no doubt in my mind that the success of this weekend's ministry was directly related to your prayers. Thanks again, and may God richly bless you!

[Photo by Alycia Turpin]

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Reflecting on the Open Arms Prayer Seminar

The March 12-14 Open Arms Church of God (Grasston, MN) prayer ministry seminar is now behind us, but I am expecting lingering effects.

The Open Arms congregation is already a House of Prayer, and there seems to be such a passion for Jesus among these people. They also have a great desire to be more intentional and purposeful in their pursuit of a prayerful life and ministry.

Thank you Pastor Mike and Kim Flynn for your hospitality during my stay, and thank you for your spiritual leadership in the state of Minnesota.

Two of the video clips from the Open Arms seminar are still available:

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Multiple and Varied Prayer Models

Over the years I have learned that the best way to involve the entire congregation in prayer is to provide multiple and varied models and opportunities for prayer.  What appeals to one will not appeal to all.  What fits one person's schedule will not fit every person's schedule.

What are models, opportunities or ideas for both personal and corporate prayer that you have found to be especially helpful?

(Please post your comments using the link provided below.  Thank you.)

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Questions about Prayer Ministry Development

What challenges have you faced in the effort to develop the ministry of prayer in the local church?  Are there questions with which you have wrestled?

I don't have all of the answers, but would you consider posting your question as a "Comment" in response to this post?  (I reserve the right to edit questions and responses.)

Your question will be beneficial in two ways:
  1. Hopefully it will benefit you and others as solutions are proposed in response.
  2. It will benefit me tremendously as I am attempting to identify the most pressing issues of the church in this area of prayer ministry development.
In a sense, this might be considered a research project--one that is especially needed right now, in view of the fact that I am trying to write a book dealing with developing congregational prayer ministries.

Thanks in advance.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Becoming a House of Prayer

Because of the fact that I am not always able to cover all of the prayer ministry training content in my seminars, I've decided to prepare a series of video clips to help seminar participants fill in the gaps.  Here is the first of those videos--an introduction ("Biblical Foundations") to my "Becoming a House of Prayer" series:

Becoming a House of Prayer: Biblical Foundations from Randy Turpin on Vimeo.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Pray for Prayer

When it comes to local church prayer ministry development, I really do believe in Spirit-led goal-setting and Spirit-enabled planning. However, let us be careful to take heed to these words from Douglas Small:

"Pray. Don't talk about it. Do it.

"Pray before you plan. Pray before you do anything else. Above all, let prayer lead the way in developing a prayer ministry. Tarry in prayer.

"The flesh will want to plan it into being. The Spirit will want to pray it into being.

"Pray for prayer--a spirit of intercession. Pray for pray-ers--an army of prayer warriors.... Pray for God's unique design for the prayer ministry of your church."

(Source: P. Douglas Small in Prayer the Heartbeat of the Church, pp. 75-76.)

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Psalm 23 Paraphrased

In the late 1990s after returning from Israel, I wrote and preached a sermon entitled, "The Lord Our Shepherd." It was based on insights that our study tour instructor had shared concerning sheep and shepherds in the Middle East.

Working on that sermon transformed my understanding of the Lord's care for His people.  (I think that it also helped me to be a better pastor.)

That messaged concluded with a paraphrase of Psalm 23 based on my expanded interpretation of the passage.  By request, I am making my paraphrase of the passage available here as a PDF Download.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Weekly Prayer Tips

Every week in my email inbox I receive a "Weekly Prayer Tip" from the National Day of Prayer Task Force.  Each prayer tip includes a scripture and a suggested prayer related to the selected scripture. Thus far, I have found every one of these "tips" very relevant and on target--even anointed.

I always encourage pray-ers to get their leading for prayer directly from the Spirit and the Word.  However, when we understand that God's will is often discerned best through a shared process involving others, then we can appreciate the possibility that direction for prayer may also come as God works through others--such as the National Day of Prayer Task Force.

To sign up for "Weekly Prayer Tips," go to

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Prayer-Saturated Church

One of the central themes in my prayer ministry seminars and the online prayer ministries course that I teach at the seminary has to do with cultivating a culture of prayer in the local church.

Until I am able to publish on the subject, here is a resource that comes very close to where my heart is on the matter:  Cheryl Sacks', The Prayer-Saturated Church.

For several years I have been using Sacks' text in the online Developing Congregational Prayer Ministries course that I teach at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. Even months after completing the course, students report the ongoing impact that The Prayer-Saturated Church has made on their lives and ministries.

The book may be ordered here through our JRT Books and Resources.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Prayer Focus: Rapid Spread of the Good News

While reading 2 Thessalonians 3:1 this morning, I was reminded that it is okay to pray for the rapid spread of the Good News (a.k.a., the Gospel). In fact, Paul requested that believers would pray for him--"that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored."

In most areas of life, our desire for things to happen quickly is probably not so virtuous; rather, it is indicative of our impatience.

Not so with Good News. The Good News is life-giving; it saves the perishing. Its propagation is driven both by joy and a sense of urgency.

Please take a moment to pray for the rapid spread of the message of the Lord, and that this message be honored by its hearers.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pray for Haiti

On Tuesday I had just arrived at the Minneapolis airport after conducting the Minnesota prayer gathering with the Church of God. There it was on every flat screen: the earthquake in Haiti.

My friends, let us pray for God's mercy to be showered over that nation. May an anointed compassion arise in us; may we intercede fervently; and may we respond obediently to the Holy Spirit's leading.

For a Church of God report related to this disaster, go to

Sunday, January 03, 2010

January Ministry Events

Dr. Turpin will be ministering at the following events in the month of January:
AM Service (Jan. 10)
Solid Rock Church of God
Grand Rapids, MN
Solemn Assembly (Jan. 10-12)
Minnesota Church of God
PM Service (Jan. 17)
Hopewell Church of God
Cleveland, TN
PCG Facilitators Consultation (Jan. 19)
Tennessee and North Georgia Facilitators
Pentecostal Theological Seminary
Cleveland, TN
New Student Orientation Retreat (Jan. 20-22)
Cohutta Springs Conference Center
Crandall, GA