What is the Secret to a Successful Pentecostal Church? Read this Pastor’s Answer from 1946!

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This Week in AG History–May 18, 1946
By Darrin Rodgers

Also published in PE News, 14 May 2015

What is the distinctive feature in a Pentecostal worship service? The answer, according to a 1946 Pentecostal Evangel article by P. S. Jones, is “the prominence given to the prayer room.”

Early Pentecostal churches usually dedicated a room to prayer, where earnest believers would intercede during the preaching service and where prayer would continue long after the benediction had been pronounced. Jones asserted, “Pentecostal prayer rooms are truly the power-houses of the assemblies. Everything else can be counted of secondary importance in the church’s program.”

According to Jones, the success of a ministry is proportionate to the prayer life of those involved in the ministry. The “urgent necessity” of every pastor, he wrote, “is to see that the prayer life of his people is maintained at white heat.”

Jones described how an active private prayer life is essential if Christians are to effectively engage in spiritual warfare. The “treasures of heaven,” he wrote, are often only gained by spending hours in “hot, animated, boiling-over prayer.”

What happens when a church neglects prayer? Jones warned, “When the thrill and throb of the Holy Ghost are lost through prayerlessness, all kinds of substitutes will be tried,” including social functions, entertaining preaching, and other amusements. He described these as mere “camouflages” that attempt to hide “the fact that the real thing has been lost.”

According to Jones, “Pentecost can very well do without the carnal decorations and the tinsel of this pleasure-crazed world, but it can never do without its prayer room, its prayer-loving pastor, and its prayer warriors.”

Read Jones’ article, “A Unique Pentecostal Feature,” in the May 18, 1946, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel.

Also featured in this issue:
• “A Hidden Power Now Revealed: Lessons from the Discovery of the Atomic Bomb,” by Leslie Barrowcliff
• “The Pentecostal Movement,” by Howard Carter
• “A Russian Jew’s Testimony,” by Moses Prostchansky

And many more! Click here to read this issue now.

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10 responses to “What is the Secret to a Successful Pentecostal Church? Read this Pastor’s Answer from 1946!

  1. Evelyn Kozak (née Anderson, née Ball)

    Always loved listening to Bro Jones, preach the word. He had an excellent grasp of the English language and even though using large words we could always get the meaning just by his usage. He was a special “‘Man of God and we loved to have Bro and Sis. Jones in our Pastor Dad’s home while living in Kimberley, B.C.

  2. Clarice Mills

    The only way we will see Answers to prayer & a Move of Godi is to Travail in Prayer…. I well remember & experienced Revavial & Healings. My Father was a tremendous man of Prayer & Faith… I remember the Sunday morning my Sister was healed after Doctor’s telling my parents she would never regain the use of her Thumb as she had severed the nerve, that Thumb lay dormant & she couldn’t move it for Two years.. Over 50 ago as a little girl only at the age of 10 I saw my first Miracle, my dad said that morning today Jesus is going to heal your thumb and as a point of contact Oral Roberts was on the radio he laid her hand on the Radio & as he begin to pray I saw her Thumb begin to move & twice it drop but than her thumb went straight up & she begin to move it back & forth & to this day she has never had a problem & I believe God allowed me to see this Miracle to remind me that he is the same today as he was back than… I have taken the last Teo years & have step back from being very involved in Ministry to taking this time to Pray & Intercede for my family & I am seeing what God has done & is doing … To God be the Glory!! We are living in the last days & we must be alert in the Spirit to the Enemy’s tactics.. The Bible says : that he will have a Church & the Gates of Hell shall not PREVAIL!!! May God give us a Burden for the lost like never before….. Be Bless!!!

  3. Randy Schoppe

    A major difference between then and now is the number of people in Pentecostal churches that are filled with the Holy Spirit (which is evidenced by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance). Instead of most saints being Spirit-filled, very few are Spirit-filled. The churches are attempting to do in the flesh what God wants to do in the Spirit. New emphasis must be placed on old truths! You must be born again!

  4. Robert Zeigler

    All that was said here is the truth because I have seen God do these things that was talked about and the Lord did heal me of terminal cancer, blood clots, heart attack. He even brought me back from death during quadruple bypass surgery on the table. After surgery my blood pressure went off the scale and fever went to over 106 degrees. The Lord brought me back from it all! I can truly tell you all,that a church will not make it before God if it has people in it that spread discord and lies among the people. This will break up a church faster than anything on Earth. I have seen this happen in three different churches and I am bewildered as to which church that I could attend and stay near the Lord. I pray that the Lord will soon deliver me from these enemy’s soon and show me which of these churches that are devoid of such enemy’s of the living God! Other wise, I will never be able to come back to the living Gods church and make!

  5. Reblogged this on jimbecton.com and commented:
    Thought I would share this from 1946 on the emphasis of the “prayer room.” Many our churches do not have a “prayer room” or even using the sanctuary as a prayer room before services. Maybe we’re missing something…

  6. lindak k reedy

    We will get back to the POWER IN THE PULPIT AND ACTION IN THE PEWS—IF we can follow every challenge of II CHRON. 7:14~~IF MY PEOPLE WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME SHALL HUMBLE THEMSELVES ~ AND PRAY~~ AND SEEK MY FACE~ AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS~~~~====THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN-FORGIVE THEIR SINS AND HEAL THEIR LAND!!(note:the conjunction AND is IMPERATIVE–before it will = REAL PENTECOSTAL DEVIL CHASING HOLY GHOST REVIVAL THAT WILL HEAL OUR LAND, HOMES, HEARTS, SCHOOLS, AND POLITICAL POWERS THAT BE!revlkreedy/beacon of hope ministries/wsyd~~~

  7. Lydia Carroll

    We need prayer to our Lord in prayer rooms,in the pews,in our schools and our homes. The world needs prayer.

  8. Carolyn J Stocks

    This is all so true. The movie WAR ROOM showed this in such a beautiful way. The days of lingering at the altar or even going to the altar seem to be over, I pray not.

  9. I have been present when all these parts have been working in harmony and the Holy Spirit was present and moving. There is nothing like it.Oh for every Sunday and Wednesday to be like this. I would readily give Sundays to be in a prayer room, worshipping, praising, welcoming the Holy Spirit.

  10. Ani Iyke

    let’s the church of this day go back to the drawing board ,many things are lacking in today’s church no more selflessness no more focuses on the gospel, than thy stomach, no more enduring of persecution for the sake of the gospel, the preachers this days only mind what thy will again before in involving themselves, some are fighting for leadership, some are fighting for money, some are fighting for members though the same interest, let’s go back and the life of the apostles, there u found that thy served God selflessly, may God help the church of these days in Jesus name!

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