National Prayer Initiative
The National Prayer Initiative began in October of 2004, a direct result of the vision of then President George Brushaber and other leaders to increase prayer support from off-campus supporters. Although prayer was not new to Bethel’s constituency, the National Prayer Initiative has made it more intentional.
The purpose of the initiative was to form prayer teams across the country, enlisting a prayer team leader(s) who would invite eight to 10 of their friends who believe in the power of prayer and unabashedly affirm Bethel’s mission to join together to pray. The team decides how often to meet and set times. National Prayer Initiative staff members keep team leaders informed of items of praise and thanksgiving, as well as requests.
There has been a wonderful response from Bethel alumni, parents, donors, and friends. As the National Prayer Initiative celebrates its seventh year, 40 couples or individuals have become team leaders. Many individuals who could not serve as team leaders or join a team have signed on to become prayer partners, committed to praying for Bethel University and its students.
And prayer goes both ways: members of the President’s Prayer Council and the Pastors’ Prayer Council pray for team leaders at each of their sessions.