The International House of Prayer’s Children’s Ministry Conference equips and empowers pastors, parents, and leaders to pursue the knowledge of God, passion for Jesus, and enjoyable prayer and to teach children to do the same.
Session topics include changing traditional views of children’s ministry and learning methods for teaching children to walk out kingdom truths. We share resources that have unlocked many children’s hearts for intimacy with God through prayer, praise, power, and the prophetic.
Mike Bickle is the director of the International House of Prayer, an evangelical missions organization based on 24/7 prayer with worship. He is also the founder of International House of Prayer University, which includes full-time ministry, music, and media schools.
Mike is the author of several books, including Growing in Prayer, Passion for Jesus, God’s Answer to the Growing Crisis, Growing in the Prophetic, and Prayers to Strengthen Your Inner Man. Mike’s teaching emphasizes growing in passion for Jesus through intimacy with God, doing evangelism and missions work from the place of night-and-day prayer, and the end times. Mike and his wife, Diane, have two married sons and five grandchildren.
For almost three decades, Lenny and Tracy La Guardia have devoted their lives to equipping, empowering, and mobilizing young people, parents, and leaders with kingdom of God truths and relevant strategies for ministry to children today.
Lenny and Tracy serve on the leadership team at the International House of Prayer, where they direct and oversee all local, national, and international ministries relating to children ages 1–12. They have been married over thirty years and have five children: Lenny, Leatha, Andrea, Adrienne, and Shontavion.
Abandoned on a street corner by his mother at the age of 12, young Bill Wilson sat and waited for her at that corner for three days. She never came back. A Christian layman who was on his way home from work stopped to help him and take him to church camp. It was at this camp that he gave his life to Christ.
This was the start of his incredible walk with God—one that would affect hundreds of thousands of lives all over the world. Pastor Bill established Metro World Child (formerly Metro Ministries) in 1980 in what was one of New York City’s roughest neighborhoods, most commonly known for its history of gang violence, crime, drugs, and poverty. Pastor Bill’s unique concepts of outreach and Sunday School programs, along with training courses and curriculum development, are now replicated globally.
Patricia Bootsma, alongside her husband John, is the Sr. Associate Pastor of Catch the Fire Toronto. She gives leadership to the House of Prayer, Prophetic and Women’s Departments. Patricia travels extensively as a prophetic voice to churches, ministries and regions and has a heart for all to walk in passionate love for the Lord and fullness of His destiny for them. Patricia is the author of three books: Convergence, Raising Burning Hearts and A Lifestyle of Divine Encounters. She and John are the parents of six amazing children, three of whom are married and in Christian ministry.
Ray and Lisa Stribling are the founders and directors of Hope City. They carry the heart and mandate to see the transforming power of God come into the inner city through night and day prayer and love in action. Ray and Lisa have over 20 years of experience in jail and street ministry, prayer ministry, housing for the addicted and feeding the poor. They have the courage and the heart to stand in the gap, and see others given an opportunity to succeed as they have been given. The Striblings have a high level of commitment to the task at hand. Ray also serves as the President of the Board of Directors.
Their vision is to see houses of prayer raised up throughout the inner cities of America that serve and love their local communities and to create atmospheres of enjoyable prayer and worship available for all. They desire to see community centers operating from the place of prayer to help struggling neighborhoods to serve the needs of the troubled youth, the addicted, the broken and the homeless. Their goal is to see each person who receives from their ministry walking in their true identity in God, leading productive, self-managing, independent lifestyles, and playing an active role in the Body of Christ.
Scott holds a PhD in both Marriage and Family Therapy and Social Work from Florida State University. He has over twenty publications and has authored three books entitled: Treating the Traumatized Child: A Step-By-Step Family Systems Approach (Springer Publishing, 2017), Treating the Tough Adolescent: A Family-Based, Step-by-Step Guide(Guilford Press, 1998) and Parenting Your Out-of-Control Teenager: 7 Steps to Reestablish Authority and Reclaim Love (St. Martin’s Press, 2001).
Scott specializes in working with impossible or stuck cases whose families have not been successful with other counselors. Scott was a former professor of social work at Savannah State University in Savannah, GA and associate professor at UNLV in Las Vegas, NV. He founded the Parenting with Love and Limits (PLL) model that is being used across the US and Europe. Scott enjoys hiking in Montana, writing, spending quality time with God, and being a husband and a parent to his twin boys: David and Jonathon.
The conference is held at Forerunner Church, in Grandview, Missouri, which is about forty minutes south of Kansas City Airport (KCI) and seven minutes down the street from the IHOPKC Red Bridge Center and Global Prayer Room.
A full Children’s Equipping Center is provided for children ages 1–5.
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