One of the deepest longings of our hearts is to know who we are and where we are going. In the face of increasing pressure, the Holy Spirit is looking to speak powerfully to youth worldwide and set them apart for His purpose. He knows who we are. He enjoys bringing us into our destiny. We can receive authority to heal the sick, prophesy to the lost, and contend for our generation to be fascinated with Jesus and His glory. Come join us this year as we reach together for identity and vision from the Lord for the the days to come.
Fascinate is our high school conference, where our goal is to connect teenagers to Jesus. We want to see teenagers, youth leaders, and parents from all over the nation encounter God and His love, start and lead prayer meetings, and grow in the power of the Holy Spirit. Only Jesus can satisfy the longings we all have for love, pleasure, and impact.
This annual high school conference is for a generation of young people who desire to live radical lives of devotion to Jesus, encounter His love, and bring His power and presence to our campuses and local churches.
All ages are welcome.
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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.
David Sliker is a senior leader at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, where he lives with his wife, Tracey, and their four children. He is an instructor at International House of Prayer University, where he teaches biblical studies, prayer, and eschatology. David is the author of three books, End Times Simplified, Old Testament Survey, and Biblical Foundations of Eschatology.
Allen Hood (MDiv, Asbury Theological Seminary) has been serving on the leadership team of the International House of Prayer since 2000. He served as the President of the International House of Prayer University from 2003–2016 and currently serves as the Associate Director of the IHOPKC Missions Base and as the Executive Pastor of Forerunner Church, IHOPKC’s church expression. Allen is an intercessory missionary called to partner in fulfilling the Great Commission by advancing 24/7 prayer and worship in every tribe and tongue and by proclaiming the beauty of Jesus and His glorious return. His highest joy is to see the Church manifesting the fullness of Christ’s life in the nations. Allen resides in Kansas City with his wife, Rachel, and their three sons.
Corey Russell serves on the senior leadership team of the International House of Prayer, having been part of the core team since 2000, and is an instructor at International House of Prayer University. With a mission to disciple and train young preachers and leaders, Corey travels nationally and internationally preaching on the knowledge of God, intercession, and the forerunner ministry. He is the author of four books, including Prayer: Why Our Words to God Matter and The Glory Within. Corey resides in Kansas City with his wife, Dana, and their three daughters, Trinity, Mya, and Hadassah.
Isaac and his wife, Morgan, are full-time intercessory missionaries who serve at the International House of Prayer of Kansas City, Missouri. They have five children. Isaac is the director of Student Ministries and Awakening Teen Camps; he is also an instructor at the International House of Prayer University. The Bennetts’ heart is to see day-and-night prayer established across the earth and the next generation called into wholehearted love for Jesus.
Cory Asbury is a worship leader, songwriter, and pastor who joined the Bethel Music Collective in May of 2015. Cory’s third, highly-anticipated solo album, Reckless Love will release January 2018. The album’s title track released in October and is rapidly becoming a worship anthem sung in churches around the world. His previous solo albums, Holy and Let Me See Your Eyes, include well-known songs “Where I Belong”, “So Good to Me”, “Always Faithful” and “Jesus, Let Me See Your Eyes”. Cory is featured on Bethel Music’s Have it All album with his song “Son of God”, as well numerous IHOPKC compilation albums.
Cory was raised in the mountains of North Carolina, where he developed a deep love for music and songwriting. He started leading worship at age fourteen and progressed into full-time worship ministry at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City by 2005. In addition to countless worship sets spent in the prayer room, Cory’s 8-year journey at IHOPKC took him throughout the US and abroad for worship gatherings. He continues to lead worship regionally and internationally.
Cory is passionate about people encountering the love of the Father. His worship leading creates an atmosphere filled with the power and peace of God. His prophetic worship style is marked by spontaneous moments of tenderness in God’s presence. In December of 2016, Cory and his family transitioned to Kalamazoo, Michigan to join Radiant Church where Cory now serves as Worship Pastor. Cory is married to his wife, Anna, who also shares a gift for music and prophetic worship. They have three beautiful children, Gabriel, Lily, and River.
Misty helped start the International House of Prayer and has been a worship leader and songwriter here ever since. She serves on the senior leadership team. Misty’s hunger for reality and encounter with Jesus fuels her worship leading, songwriting, and preaching. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, her music has impacted thousands. Misty desires that her worship would bring people into the place of encounter with the heart of the Lord. Her passion is to see singers and songwriters step into their role as forerunners who have a message concerning God’s personality and the return of His Son.
Wallace and Rachel Faagutu have been working as intercessory missionaries at the International House of Prayer for the past five years, where they have found strength in singing the Word and spending time in prayer. Rachel has been leading worship for 20 years, mostly as a worship pastor for local churches and conferences. Her love for writing, singing, and performing her own music grew after she married Wallace. Stylistically, their music is an expression of the cultural melting pot in Hawaii. In 2012, they produced a children’s worship album, Little Songbirds, and in 2015, they released Little Songbirds 2. Rachel and Wallace have three young children.
After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in sacred music, Jon came to Kansas City in 2004 for the Fire in the Night internship, and has served as a worship leader at IHOPKC ever since. Jon lives in Kansas City with his wife, Kinsey. They look to the day when every knee will bow before Jesus and every mouth will confess Him as Lord.
Originally from Cameroon, David Forlu moved to the US in 2002. The youngest of five children in a ministering family, David started playing musical instruments at age four. He studied two years at International House of Prayer University and is now a worship leader at IHOPKC. His desire is to see a generation of believers singing the songs of the Lord and crying out for the knowledge of God, for the fear of His name, and to be used by the Lord for such a time as this.
Raised in Tallahassee, FL, Brandon has sung and played guitar since 2003. He has been in multiple bands where he engaged in various roles including singer and electric, drum, and bass player, as well as serving as producer and recording and mixing engineer. Playing primarily electric since 2011, he has led worship at IHOPKC since 2014. He is married to Morgan. Brandon has a passion to write songs, lead worship, and train musicians how to both grow in their skills and cultivate a spirit of prophecy and intercession.
Worship: Brandon Oaks
Speaker: Allen Hood
Worship: Cory Asbury
Speaker: Corey Russell
Worship: Jon Thurlow
Speaker: Misty Edwards
How Singers and Musicians Can Change the Atmosphere
Wallace and Rachel Faagutu | IHOPU Room 105
How to Grow as a Leader in Your School and Church
Isaac Bennett | IHOPU Room 107
How to Walk in the Power of the Holy Spirit
Stephen Beauchamp | IHOPU Room 110
What Does Healthy Dating and Romance Look Like for Teenagers?
David Sliker | IHOPU Room 105
How Can I Strengthen My Prayer Life?
Jenna Paez | IHOPU Room 107
Are We Living in the End Times?
Richy Bickle | IHOPU Room 110
Worship: Wallace & Rachel Faagutu
Speaker: Mike Bickle
How to Hear the Voice of the Holy Spirit
Dale Anderson | IHOPU Room 105
How Singers and Musicians Can Lead with Excellence
Brenton Dowdy | IHOPU Room 107
How Do I Love Jesus When My Friends Don't?
Daniel Brown | IHOPU Room 110
How Can I Be Pro-Jesus without Being Anti-LGBTQ?
David Sliker | IHOPU Room 105
Are We Supposed to Prepare for the Return of Jesus?
Cassie Lime | IHOPU Room 107
How Can I Confidently Know and Pursue My Calling?
Nathan Steel | IHOPU Room 110
The conference is held at the Forerunner Church in Grandview, Missouri, which is about forty minutes south of Kansas City Airport (KCI) and five minutes down the street from the International House of Prayer Missions Base.
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Forerunner Church is conveniently located near many local restaurants.
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