McEachern UMC Prayer Summit

"My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.”

Isaiah 56:7(e)

Our goal is to become a House of Prayer, led by the Holy Spirit! The focus of the Prayer Summit is to engage a form of prayer called “Worship-Based Prayer”.  This empowers us to enter deeply into the presence of God and hear from the Holy Spirit transforming our lives and guiding the direction of our church. Join us in this exciting season!

Prayer Summit Schedule

Friday, February 25th from 6:00-9:00pm in the gym

Saturday, February 26th from 9:00am – 3:00pm in the gym

Breakfast is 7:30-8:30am, lunch is 12-1pm both in Oaks Hall  

Join a Prayer Study Group as we prepare for the Prayer Summit!

You can join any of our Sunday School classes (meet on Sunday mornings) or small groups (meet throughout the week) that are doing the Prayer Study. Most are starting either January 16th or January 23rd. You can jump in with them when you are available. Simply contact the leader listed. Do not let your schedule deter you from joining a group! If you have any questions, give me a call, text or email and I would be happy to get you plugged into a class or group. Tony Phillips 404.915.1471,

These are the classes/groups doing the prayer study between now and Feb 25th.

If you are an individual looking for a Prayer Study Group, click here for a list of Sunday School classes and Small Groups that you can join for this powerful 5 week study leading up to the Prayer Summit.

Sunday School Classes:

Came to Believe (Barry Walsh) 9:30am F326
Searchlights (Pam Dischinger) 11am F147
Choices: (Russ Blocksidge) 9:30am F319
Journey: (Derek Price)
Horizon: (Rick Glover) 9:30am F316
Focus: (David Robison) Virtual
New Friendship: (Anne Smith) 9:30am F322
Dig Deeper: (Kaye O’Neal) 11am Virtual

Small Groups: 

Dr. Doug Thrasher, Wednesdays 10am Oaks Hall

Rev. Cindy Blocksidge, Tuesdays 6:30pm, room F316

Rev. Bomi Kim, Tuesdays, 6:30pm, CLC

Rev. Tony Phillips, Wednesdays, 6pm room F326

Steve Barnes Tuesdays, 7pm room F322

Youth Group (Raquel Terrel-Lovett), Sundays, 9:30am / Wednesdays 6pm Youth Suite

“Become a House of Prayer led by the Holy Spirit”

 I want to share our strategy for becoming a prayer-centered church.


We will host a church-wide Prayer Summit on February 25th and 26th. We will learn a form of prayer called “Worship-Based Prayer”. This empowers us to enter deeply in to the presence of God and hear from the Holy Spirit. This is an exciting and special time for our church!

Recently, author Daniel Henderson has updated the content in Fresh Encounters and changed the title to Transforming Prayer. Fresh Encounters is now out of print, but Transforming Prayer is readily available. Either book is a great option to study in preparation for the Prayer Summit.

We will have 4 key components to the
Prayer Summit Movement:

1. A two day event on February 25th and 26th 

2. Sermon series on the Power of Prayer in the month of February

3. Studying of the book Transforming Prayer (Small groups, Sunday School classes, individual study)

4. Prayer Meetings on Wednesday evenings in person and Friday mornings by Zoom


Join a Prayer Meeting or Prayer Call

Every Wednesday at 6pm we gather in the gym/CLC room F326. From 6pm-6:30pm we review the book, Transforming Prayer. From 6:30pm-7pm we pray. 
Also on Wednesdays, at 7:30pm we gather at Higher Ground for Soaking Prayer. We pray without an end time. Anyone can leave at any time without being concerned about disrupting the group and you are welcome to stay as long as you like. You do not need to attend the 6pm meeting in order to join us at 7:30pm at Higher Ground and you can join us after 7:30pm. Arrive when it is convenient for you and stay as long as you like.




Every Friday at 6am we gather on a Zoom call to pray for 30 minutes. All are welcome to join. You do not need to sign up in advance.
Join Zoom Meeting 81711456586?pwd= WlNRUFgxSTROc3JDZUtUZmVTR094Zz 09

Meeting ID: 817 1145 6586
Passcode: 964731

Our Guest Speaker
Rev. Paul Lawler

Paul Lawler is a husband, father, teacher, pastor, and church planter.  He began serving as the Senior Pastor of Christ Church Birmingham in June of 2007.  Prior to serving Christ Church, Paul was the founding Pastor of a church plant he served for 16 years in Huntsville, Alabama.  He often speaks at conferences and events and has taught in locations ranging from Ocean Grove Camp in New Jersey to the Upper Room Chapel in Nashville to Dave Ramsey’s employees at Ramsey Solutions.  He is a graduate of Asbury University, and Asbury Theological Seminary.  He has led local churches to engage in planting hundreds of new churches on four different continents.  Paul and his brother, Dallas businessman, Patrick Lawler, worked with the Compassionate Hope Foundation in founding and establishing two Patricia B. Hammonds Homes of Hope for orphans in Thailand. He is also President of the North Alabama Wesleyan Covenant Association.  Paul and Missy have four children and one daughter in law.  As an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church, UMs in North Alabama honored Paul by awarding him the Denman Evangelism Award for his servant-leadership in reaching new people for Jesus Christ.  In his spare time, he enjoys family time, hiking, writing, reading, and a well brewed cup of coffee.