What We Offer

About Us

Why We Exist

Everyone prays yet prayer is falling by the wayside.

A recent newspaper poll revealed that nearly 95% of all Americans pray.      Another poll found that private, personal prayer is the number one daily religious practice in our country.  Many of the younger generation describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious” which means that they are attempting to live their faith without the benefit of mentors or prayer role models.

This “private, personal” view of prayer has seen the drop in participation on prayer groups in nearly every church, regardless of the denomination or size.

Today’s uphill battle against 21st Century distractions.

Even within our churches it’s difficult these days to get busy people to participate in prayer groups and studies.  Often prayer is overshadowed by church schedules overflowing with too much to do with too few volunteers.  At the same time fewer people are participating in prayer activities, the prayer request lines are bulging with serious needs from all over the globe and the faithful few quickly become overwhelmed with the load.

We exist to share new strategies.

Prayer Igniters International exists to connect today’s prayer leaders with each other so that we can share prayer ideas and resources that offer practical solutions that not only overcome these modern obstacles to prayer but also capitalize on them to bring more prayer into our world.  These strategies include:

  1. Using the power of the Internet as a ministry outreach that’s available 24/7 to fit schedules worldwide and appeal to the younger generation.
  2. Sharing ideas and practical ways of fitting prayer into busy schedules.
  3. Offering ways to find sanctuary in a plugged-in world by listing places of prayer everywhere.
  4. Creating exciting hands-on prayer missions that help us grow while we serve on foreign prayer mission trips.
  5. Encouraging, equipping, connecting and training prayer leaders.
  6. Reviewing prayer books, studies, seminars, music, artwork and other prayer aids enabling users to find in-depth prayer development methods suited for their individual needs.
  7. Networking prayer ministries, authors, retreat leaders and other providers with those in need of their help.
  8. Rediscovering time-honored prayer practices and re-introducing role models to today’s “individual private prayer” generation.

Who we are

Prayer Igniters International is a Biblically based Christian ministry whose purpose is to encourage and increase prayer.  We are Christians from all backgrounds and denominations who have hearts for prayer and who work together to help others more fully enjoy the power of group and individual prayer.

We are a nondenominational lay organization under clergy advisement.    We have been classified as a nonprofit public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and all financial support is tax deductible.

Vision, Mission and Programs

Our Vision: To encourage and increase prayer by serving Christians who have hearts for prayer, including Christian prayer leaders worldwide, to bring many into a life of prayer that builds a dynamic personal relationship with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. 

Our Mission: This mission is accomplished by offering resources and ideas for group prayer and for individual prayer that will strengthen personal relationships with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.

We Serve:

Prayer SeekersThose who want to learn more about prayer.

Prayer IgnitersPrayer leaders who want to help others become more interested and experienced in prayer.

Our Guiding Verse:

One of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray.”  Luke 11:1

How We Accomplish our Mission:

We have three main programs to encourage and increase prayer.

PrayerIdeas.org  Website

We sponsor the premier, all-inclusive, inter-denominational Christian prayer website where users can easily find reliable, practical information and the support they need to improve their own prayer lives and to energize their prayer groups and ministries.

Topics include:

  • How to Pray
  • Praying for Needs
  • Listings of Places of Prayer
  • Inspiration (Contemporary and historical true prayer stories)
  • Reviews of Prayer resources (books, study series, music and other prayer aids)
  • Listing of Prayer resource providers (speakers, authors, musicians, teachers, retreat leader, etc.

Prayer Leader Empowerment Program:

We encourage, serve, support and equip prayer leaders.  Our free online materials include:

Encouragement resources for Prayer Leaders

Toolkit on the Five Movements of Prayer including tips on how to find the ones which need to be created and nurtured in your church.

Prayer Testimony Worksheets

Identifying life needs and matching them with prayer outreach programs

Global Outreach Missions:

We encourage and increase prayer worldwide by creating prayer partnerships and engaging in prayer mission trips.  Global activities include:

International Prayer Support

Partnering with Foreign Prayer Leaders

Engaging in Prayer Mission Trips

Our Core Values

Christian means that we are Christ centered.  We focus exclusively on Christian prayer and do not explore, use, teach, promote or comment on prayer practices of other religions.

Prayerful means that we rely on prayer as vital to all aspects of our ministry.  We actively engage in prayer as individuals, within our ministry organization and in our outreach programs.

Teachable recognizes that we all have room to grow in prayer because we are constantly being taught by Christ through the Holy Spirit.  Therefore, we will humbly listen, share and learn together and share in the joy of discovery.

Focused means that we will focus our entire energies on encouraging Christian prayer where it is welcomed.

To stay focused we will refrain from activities that are off-mission.  These include but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  1. We will not become involved in political issues and controversies regarding prayer including prayer in schools and public places.
  2. We will not take part in theological debates about Christian prayer with other religions nor will we attempt to judge the merits of the prayer practices of any other religion.
  3. We will not take part in theological debates among different branches or denominations of the Christian church concerning differing prayer practices.

Inclusive means that we are a nondenominational ministry serving all denominations in all three of the main church traditions which includes the Liturgical, Evangelical and Charismatic branches.  We emphasize and meet on our common ground in Christian prayer.

We welcome those outside of the church who are prayer seekers regardless of their background who may be new to prayer or new to Christianity.

Inclusive also means we recognize that all people on earth are created by God.  Following the example of Christ, we love and pray for all without regard for their merits, creeds or religious affiliations.

Respectful means that we respect those of all Christian denominations who practice prayer methods unique to their ecclesiastical traditions.  We  respect the authority of each denomination to govern, promote, teach, revise and correct prayer practices within their own sphere of authority.

Our Belief Statement

Prayer Igniters International adheres to the foundational beliefs of Christianity as expressed in the Apostle’s Creed.  We believe in the Scriptures, prayer and the Church.

Our Full Statement:

The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;

The third day He arose
from the dead;

He ascended into heaven,
and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.

The following is what we believe about Scripture, prayer and the Church.

We believe in the Word of God contained in the Old and New Testaments as the authoritative source and sufficient rule both of faith and of practice.

We believe that we have access to God in prayer through Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Advocate, who intercedes for us and who has been given all authority in heaven and on earth by the Father.  We do not offer our prayers based on our own righteousness but on the excellency and worthiness of the Lord Jesus Christ whose righteousness has become ours by faith.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, God present with us for guidance, for comfort and for strength.  The Holy Spirit “himself intercedes for us according to the will of God.”

We believe in the church as the fellowship for worship and for service of all who are united to the living Lord.

(Sources: The Bible, The Apostles’ Creed, The Korean Creed, The Catechism of the Catholic Church, The Belgic Confession and other historical creeds.  Supporting Scripture references II Timothy 3:16, I Timothy 2:5-8, I John 2:1, Romans 8:34, Matthew 28:18, Hebrews 7:25, Romans 8:26-27)

Our History

Prayer Igniters began in the summer of 2008 when Founding Advisors Cathy Belatti, Nancy Drake and Mary Jane Norris met in the home of Karen Barber to create the vision and mission statement for a new organization to promote Christian prayer.

Karen Barber, who is a Christian author and speaker, had seen the need for such an organization in her professional and personal life.  As Karen traveled to various churches of all denominations, prayer leaders often confided that they were up against many obstacles when trying to interest others in prayer.  Among their challenges were low attendance in prayer groups and burn-out among intercessors.  As a prayer leader herself, Karen understood their need for encouragement and began searching for a way to make connections and share resources among prayer leaders.

Karen personally discovered her own need for new ideas on prayer when her son Chris deployed to Iraq for 15 months.  One day Chris sent an email asking if she knew any good prayers he could use with his platoon before going on missions.  Although Karen had published a book on answered prayer and had done a DVD study series on prayer, she drew a blank when it came to knowing prayers suitable for combat.

Karen realized that there were probably many people out there who had good prayer ideas for Chris and for all our soldiers.  Karen had a website created www.militaryprayers.org where users can log on and share a prayer for our troops.  People from all over the world posted prayers, some shared from forgotten resources such as a World War II book entitled “Strength for Service to God and Country.”   To date over 2,000 entries have been posted.

After observing the success of Military Prayers in sharing prayer ideas using the power of the Internet, the founding advisors of Prayer Igniters set out to establish a more inclusive ministry that enabled Christians everywhere from every denomination to share their ideas and resources on every aspect of prayer.

As the founding advisors continued to work on the core values and a strategic plan, a prayer support team was established and held a visioning retreat on Hilton Head Island in June of 2009.

Prayer Igniters International was incorporated on July 21, 2009 in the State Of Georgia and was granted public charity status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code effective July 21, 2009.

The first board meeting was held on September 3, 2009.  Founding board members included Karen Barber, Bebe Nicholson, Lee Nicholson, Paul Norfleet, Mary Jane Norris and Rev. David Tinsley.

Our Leadership Team

Board Chair and Founding Director: Karen Barber – Founder of Personal Prayer Power video series www.personalprayerpower.com and www.militaryprayers.org,  Contributing Editor with Guideposts Magazine.  Author of Surprised by Prayer (30,000 copies sold) and Ready Set…Wait, Featured Blogger on Ourprayer.org International mission trips to Honduras.

Secretary and Prayer Director: Mary Jane Norris – Stephen Ministry Leader, Amazing Collection Bible Study Leader, Bank Board Member

Treasurer: Howell Reddick – Former bank Executive, Bank of America

International Director: Paul Norfleet – executive formerly with AT&T and Lucent in operations, engineering, training and quality; former HR Director Global Commercial Markets based in Ireland; former General Manager, specialty adhesives company, leader of Men’s ministries, international mission trips.

Board Member: Charlene Stamper – former art teacher, creator of Bible study series, leadership roles in Cursillo, spiritual mentoring, Entry Point and GlobeX mission trips.

Board Member: Ed Stamper – former executive with Bristol Myers, Clairol division.  Board Leadership Lighthouse Ministries, leadership roles in Cursillo, spiritual mentoring, Entry Point and GlobeX mission trips.

Founding Advisors:

Nancy Drake – Former Executive with Southern Railroad, Founder of Business Consulting Firm Alexander and Drake, Lay Leader Alpharetta United Methodist Church.

Cathy Belatti – Co-Founder and former Chair, Habitat for Humanity International Women Build Steering Council; Founder and former Chair, Marist Women Build; Member, Marist School Board of Trustees; Member, Marist Way Advisory Committee; Member All Saints Catholic Church; International Mission Trips to Africa, South Korea, Hungary, Canada.  National Mission Trips: South Dakota, Los Angeles, Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia.

Clergy Advisors:

Father Paul Moreau, Roman Catholic priest, Legion of Christ.  Head Chaplain, Holy Spirit Prep School, Atlanta, GA.  Leader of Regnum Christi retreats.

Reverend Beth Knowlton, Episcopal priest, Canon for Liturgy and Prayer, Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, GA