The Boiler Room

In 19th century England, many people visited the Metropolitan Tabernacle where Charles Spurgeon (“the prince of preachers”) was the pastor. Spurgeon would greet people and offer to give them a tour. “Let me take you downstairs to the boiler room,” he said. In those days, steam was the power source of the day. Boiler rooms powered everything from vast machines in factories to heating systems. As Spurgeon quietly opened the door, the visitors saw a great number of people praying for God’s blessing. “This is the power of the church,” Spurgeon said.

We agree. Before we see mighty things happen on earth, they must first be won in heaven. At CCTV, we emphasize prayer in all we do.

Wednesday Morning Prayer Meeting—6:00 am

This is our weekly prayer meeting that has continued for over ten years. We begin with a Scripture reading and complete the hour with prayer. We pray for everything—our church, families, neighbors, city, state, nation, and world. Our only guide is the Spirit and the Word. And the coffee is always hot!

The Encounter—Second Saturday, 7:00 pm

As I ate lunch with other regional Calvary Chapel pastors, the subject came up of what caused each of us to follow Christ and eventually go into ministry. We could all point to a personal encounter we had with Jesus Christ. At some point He became very real to us. We knew that He loved us, and He convinced us that He has a plan for us. He reordered our priorities, and our lives have never been the same.

As we discussed these things, an idea began to form in my mind. Could we create such an opportunity for people to encounter God? We read in Acts 13 that as the church ministered to the Lord in prayer and fasting that the Holy Spirit spoke to them (presumably through the gift of prophecy) saying, “Set apart to me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” This began world missions.

Therefore, we have set aside time once a month to encounter God. We want to hear Him speak to our hearts. We want to rely upon Him to do the work of the ministry. We also want to give believers the opportunity to practice the gifts of the Spirit. Come join us! Our prayer is that you will encounter Jesus!

Property Prayer Meeting—First Saturday, 10:00 am

We purchased about 15 acres of land in 2003. We are now in the process of developing it for a small residential community and church. We want the Lord to be our Architect, Builder and Provider. We meet monthly to update our prayer team and pray for God’s wisdom, guidance and provision. Our theme verse is Zechariah 4:6-7:

So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’

United Prayer—The 7 th of Each Month

It has been said that prayer moves the hand which moves the world. If that is true for the individual and corporate church body, then how much more is it true when multiple congregations unite in prayer. This is the vision of United Prayer, an initiative to unite many congregations in the Treasure Valley to pray the same thing. Each church seeks to cover one day of the month with 24-hour prayer. We pray over ten spheres of society, as well as urgent needs that impact our community. Our goal is to move God’s hand to transform our communities according to His will. Sign up online for an hour on the next 7th of the month.