To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE


SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

'Prayer is Changing Our City,' Says Pastor of Largest Church on Capitol Hill

Josh Shepherd : Oct 24, 2017  Stream.org

"For most people who live outside the Beltway, there's a lot of skepticism and cynicism. Much of it is warranted. But at the end of the day, I am seeing God's Kingdom come in a unique way here in D.C. It starts and ends with prayer. In between, we are seeing so many people come to faith in Christ." -Pastor Mark Batterson

[Stream.org] Mark Batterson has many titles, but perhaps the most apt is truth-seeker. For over two decades, "Pastor Mark" as he's known has led National Community Church (NCC) in one of the nation's most religiously diverse cities— Washington, DC. (Photo: Pastor Mark Batterson joins in worship with the National Community Church family, where more than 3,500 people in the D.C. metro area attend weekly services/Stream.org)

Many young Capitol Hill staffers are a fast-paced, driven crowd with little time for religion. It's often a hard city to thrive spiritually, as Batterson has seen up close. "One of two things happens over time," he says. "Our theology can conform to our reality, where we kind of dumb down what we believe."

"Or our reality can conform to our theology. I think the latter is the process of spiritual growth," states Batterson. More than discussing abstracts, he leans on stories and word-pictures in his messages—including his new book Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God. It picks up where he left off in The Circle Maker, a best-seller on prayer read by over two million people.

Batterson believes listening to God and applying what is said are what makes the NCC family an uplifting presence in the metro area. In recent years, it has become the largest church based in the nation's capital city. More than 3,500 people worship weekly at 13 services across eight NCC locations. In an interview from his downtown DC office, he shares his experiences as pastor and truth-seeker...

Below is an excerpt of this interview, click here to read the full article.

The Stream: You've long been connected to the global prayer movement, which has become more visible in DC in recent years. As prayer across the political aisle has increased, do you see it impacting Capitol Hill?

Mark Batterson: I do. After writing The Circle Maker, I had a number of Members of Congress who reached out to me. Each said a variation of: I just want you to know I am circling the Capitol in prayer. We don't hear about that on the nightly news, but it's awfully encouraging.

We are praying for revival in our nation's capital. Maybe that's a bold prayer—so be it.

For most people who live outside the Beltway, there's a lot of skepticism and cynicism. Much of it is warranted. But at the end of the day, I am seeing God's Kingdom come in a unique way here in DC. It starts and ends with prayer. In between, we are seeing so many people come to faith in Christ.

I for one am encouraged. We are praying for revival in our nation's capital. Maybe that's a bold prayer—so be it. That's what we're believing for.

Read the full article here.







SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News

Google Shuts Down Live Action Abortion Pill Reversal Ads Following Coordinated Pro-Abortion Attack

Sickening: New FDA Records Show Purchases of Fetal (Aborted Baby) Organs, Heads and Tissue for 'Humanized Mice' Project

Simone Biles, Other Survivors Call Out FBI's Role in Nassar Case: 'They Had Evidence of Child Abuse and Did Nothing'

Did America's Top General Work against President Trump and Commit Treason? Rubio Calls for Biden to Fire Joint Chiefs Chairman

Mayor Takes Public Stand against a Spirit of Immorality

Students Sue Catholic University for Denying Them Vaccine Exemptions on Religious Grounds

'God-Centered Plan': YouVersion App Partners With Groups to Translate Bible into 95% of World Languages by 2033

America's Oldest WWII Vet Celebrates His 112th Birthday, Advises: 'Serve God and Be Nice to People'

Federal Court Grants All NY Medical Professionals Temporary Restraining Order from Vaccine Mandate

'I Just Want My Life Back' Says 16-Year-Old Who Developed Neurological Symptoms after Pfizer Vaccine

'Natural Immunity Is 27 Times More Protective': GMU Prof. Todd Zywicki Explains His Vaccine Mandate Exemption

Newsom Defeats California Recall Effort

Taliban's Terrorist Government Says They're Willing to Work with All Nations—Except Israel

Comedian Norm Macdonald, a Self-Described Christian, Unexpectedly Dies at Age 61

'We Gather Out Here in Faith': Oregon Farmers, Ranchers Gather to Pray to the Lord of the Harvest

Pastor Yonggi Cho, Founder of World's Largest Megachurch, Dies at 85

Huge Anti-vax Protests Take Place in New York City as Mandate is Enforced

Governor DeSantis Slams Biden's Vaccine Orders, Will Fine Cities That Mandate The Shot

Ethics Professor Gives Emotional 'Lesson' on Vaccine Mandates — Then She's Placed on Leave

Colorado Private Christian School Standing Firm against Covid-19 Mandates; Public Health Officials May Try to Shut It Down



Search the Articles Archives

Keyword:  
Author:  
Words Posted On:  
Day Month Year



BCN Plus

An BCN Paid Advertisement
An BCN Paid Advertisement
An BCN Paid Advertisement
Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor
Founder and Owner


Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor


BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
 
 

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved.


Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.

editor@breakingchristiannews.com