Potter’s House of Prayer in North Mankato will welcome all Christian denominations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
New Creation World Outreach Church is working to build a place for continual worship that they call the Potter’s House of Prayer.
“It’s not going to be church as people understand it,” said Terrelle Wilson, youth pastor at New Creation in North Mankato, MN.
The Potter’s House is open to people of all Christian denominations. Its main function is to be a place where people feel welcome to pray 24 hours a day. Wilson said it will be very different from an average daily service because there won’t be any preaching. Instead, it will be a place where people can just encounter and interact with the Lord individually.
One goal of the project is not just to build a building, Wilson said, but to build a culture. He said the culture of prayer and worship they create will eventually fill the structure itself.
Wilson said New Creation decided to build a house of prayer around 2005. The leadership of the church was in crisis, and he said that situation showed the church there was a need for more prayer in the community. That’s when they stopped thinking about only daily services and started considering a different connection to God.
“The Potter’s House of Prayer is the big step into that reality of a priority and a core value shifting from man-centered religion to a Christ-centered relationship,” Wilson said.
According to Wilson, communities need houses of prayer for three main reasons:
- The church is broken
- The world is broken
- There is a worth in Jesus that people aren’t realizing
“We’ve departed from any type of orientation of truth to our adaptation to our culture and what people want,” Wilson said.
He said right now the church is a joke, and people need a wakeup call in what it means to be Christian. The Potter’s House will help people who have lost track of their priorities and are struggling with economic and financial failures.
The goal for funding the project is to not go into extreme debt. Wilson said the project is supported primarily by donations. So far they have raised $306,678 and hope to raise up to $3 million overall.
The idea for the project has greatly evolved. Initial plans called for a 6,000 square-foot building, while current plans look closer to 22,000 square feet.
So far the church has purchased a nearby building to help teams learn how to operate a 24 hours a day house of prayer. The vision, he said, is that people will realize the need for this and will volunteer to be part of a team. Wilson said there will be scheduled trained teams of musicians and people leading prayer at all times, with audience members coming and going freely. He has already been working with one team for almost a year, but they will begin official training in January 2012.
Lynette Saucier, graphic designer and worship leader at New Creation, is helping to design the building and to train teams on different worship dynamics and techniques. She said they will be using prophetic music, which is more open to guidance from the Lord. It’s a style that takes a lot of learning and practice, she said, but she has high hopes for when the house opens.
“I think it’s a great avenue for [young people] to get connected with other people who are seeking the same things, and to be encouraged that there is more to life than just drinking and partying and hooking up with random people,” Saucier said. “There’s actually a purpose for why we’re here.”
Long term the church would like to model itself after the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, which has multiple focuses, including 24 hour a day, 7 days a week prayer and educational facilities that draw people from across the nation. They hope to continue forward with this process after the Potter’s House is completed.
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