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IHOP Onething 2012 Conference Review

I attended the IHOP (International House Of Prayer) onething Conference in Kansas City (December 28-31) with about 25,000 young at heart believers that are passionate and contending for the Kingdom of God in this and future generations.

This conference was birth forth by Mike Bickle, (mikebickle.org) Founder and Director of IHOP (ihop.org) which holds 24/7 prayer and worship at their IHOP prayer room in the heart of Kansas City for the past 16 years.

Mike has been teaching for over 25 years on intimacy with God, prayer and missions. He says,

the onething conference is for messaging, courage giving and visioning to young adults.

The theme of  this year’s onething is “Encountering Jesus & His Transforming Power”. The primary aim is to encounter Jesus, so that they might go forth to do His works and change the world.

The event was broadcast live via Godtv.com to over 60,000 viewers online in 200 nations across the globe.

Although the conference was primarily American attendees, it draws representatives and believers from all over the world of diverse backgrounds.

They come together for the annual gathering at the same time at the end of every year; primarily young adults to unite with the  onething vision for 4 days of solid biblical teachings and to enter into some incredible worship lead by worship teams from IHOPKC’s day and night prayer and worship “greenhouse”.

Speakers include Mike Bickle himself and many of the  IHOPKC leadership faithfulls with a passionate message from Lou Engle about Mission “Akebolo” (means to send) calling people to respond to the call to go to the nations. This is based on Matthew 9:38 “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (NIV).


One of the strategies is to enlist and equip young adults in day and night prayer and worship mandate by attending IHOPKCU, Internship or missional training.

The school trains and raises up students in ministry, media, music and missions with prayer and worship as a key part of the curriculum so that they can to go forth and impact their world from a position of spiritual revelation.

Another strategy is to have prayer and worship in all 1,600 university campuses in the United States and they have already achieved this in 1,000 campus. Well done IHOPKC!

What great strategies as many are inspired to join this “greenhouse model” of prayer and worship as a back drop to learning the ways of the Kingdom to changing impacting their world!

This conference and IHOPKC prayer room

is a catalyst for a global prayer and worship movement

says Mike Bickle. This seems to be grabbing significant international attention and enquires to do the same in other countries.

At the same time of the onething conference, there was a similar event being held in St. Louis, Missouri by IHOPKC partner URBANA, Intervarsity’s Student Missions conference. The two sites were connected via satellite and energized one another.

After I listened to the various testimonies from this conference, I see that it was life changing for many people.

They came and left with a shared purpose inspired by the revelation of Jesus and to live a holy life in prayer and the challenge to be ready “to be sent”, while knowing that they have an incredible prayer network and base to support them as they go to change their world.

This is like a wave moving across the land to inspire a generation of young people to affect their nation and their sphere of influence for the Kingdom of God through prayer, worship and missions.

This is a welcome and a much needed movement given the spiritually dark times we are living in. Let`s bring forth the light as we are children of the light.

by Wayne Hinds

Photos courtesy of Nicole Abbaticchio and Kathleen Rogers

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