"No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise." Isaiah 60:18
Friday Drive-by Prayer Runs
Every Friday evening, the Drive-by Prayer Ministry Van under the leadership of Min. Paul Bateman, rolls through the streets of Indianapolis praying for peace in the streets. Interested in getting involved? Contact Min. Bateman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer and join the army of prayer warriors by completing the form at the bottom of this page.
Upcoming Prayer Vigils
"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." II Chronicles 7:14
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Join the Drive-by Prayer Army!
"There's an army rising up to break every chain!"
The mission of the Drive-by Prayer Ministry is to pray for the peace of Indianapolis and families of homicide victims throughout Marion County, promoting peace in our streets, encouraging hurting hearts, discouraging acts of retaliation, and offering a radical life change through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the late 80's, I was given a prophetic word through Pastor David Kiteley of Oakland, California. The essence of the prophecy states: "you will raise up an army of worshipers and deliverers who will go and minister in the troubled areas of the city". This word was given long before my pastorate and well before the launching of the Drive-by Prayer Ministry in 2006. Several years after the prophecy, our family moved to Nashville Tennessee, with Promise Keepers ministry, but a year later the Lord spoke two words to me that redirected us back to Indy: "unfinished business!"
The headlines of the Indy Star one Sunday morning in August 2006 read: WE ARE AT WAR! The mayor and police chief were overwhelmed with the increasing number of homicides and stated: "we must do something different". It was with that comment that the Holy Spirit prompted me to connect with Min. Paul Bateman and the members of Healing Streams and launch what is now the Drive-by Prayer Ministry (DBPV). Today we are witnessing the manifestation of the word of the Lord come to pass and we are confident that His Word never fails!
Although the Drive-by Prayer Ministry was birthed through Healing Streams, the army is not exclusive to one church but rather a composite of the Kingdom of God which is made up of many churches. Our goal is not to proselytize among churches, but rather to evangelize outside its walls. The DBPV ministry is a great evangelistic tool for churches and an awesome opportunity for discipleship as we fulfill the Great Commission one heart at a time.
We open the doors for volunteers from churches across the city to help build an army of believers committed to praying and ministering in the streets of Indianapolis, changing the heart of our city by changing the hearts of its people. It's clear to me that the Lord has already assembled a great army, our job is to call the recruits to arms! Are you the one, or do we look for another?
Pastor A. Thomas Hill . Senior Pastor . The Streams Church
Min. Paul Bateman . Drive-by Prayer Facilitator
ready to enlist? please review the following volunteer areas & complete the form indicating where you wish to serve.
Description of Volunteer Areas:
responsible for maintaining, driving and stocking van with necessary items for vigils. Ensure gas level in van is sufficient and notifying leader of any mechanical problems or repairs needed.
Family Care Team
responsible for caring for needs of attendees of vigils for comfort and assistance. Care team also captures contact information from point persons of homicide victim families for follow-up as well as those giving their lives to Christ. Team will provide bibles to those who accept Christ and responsible for entering into a database for follow-up. Note: Cards will be mailed to family point persons on birthdays or anniversaries of their loved ones. New converts will be assigned to participating churches in their area.
responsible for canvassing the vigil area for the upcoming prayer vigil (week leading up to vigil), covering with prayer, passing out flyers in neighborhood and ministering as Holy Spirit leads. The team will disperse throughout neighborhood during vigils to pray and minister with neighbors. Teams should always have at least one male in the group. Women should not canvass alone without a male present.
responsible for telephone follow-up with individuals requesting special prayer or who have accepted Christ at prayer vigils. Each participating church will organize their own follow-up team.
responsible for printing and distributing flyers along with evangelism team prior to vigils, as well as providing flyers at funeral or viewing services (with permission of funeral home or church). In addition, the team will see that a letter of condolence is hand-delivered for reading at the services (communicating the upcoming vigil for their loved one). One person on team responsible for preparing condolence letter and faxing to funeral home or church, as well as providing a second copy to be hand delivered to service or viewing (along with flyer promoting vigil).
responsible for determining the location for prayer vigils and gaining permission if held on private property. The team will arrive at least 15-20 minutes prior to the vigil to direct cars and ensure spot is prepared for vigil. Team leader will also determine the best placement for the prayer van and setup, as well as where attendees will stand.
Homicide Tracker & Funeral Home Liaison
responsible for following daily with local news and/or IMPD to determine when a homicide has taken place and the names of victims. Team will gather info regarding background and site of homicide, family/church connections, funeral home assigned as well as where and when services will be held. Team leader will inform family through funeral home or church of the upcoming vigil for the homicide victim. When possible, team will schedule a representative from the DBPV ministry to attend a viewing or funeral service.
responsible for communicating upcoming vigils with community via social media and other sources. Collect and input into database names of individuals desiring to be informed of upcoming prayer vigils. Prepare and send press releases to local TV and radio stations. Be available at site of vigils to communicate with news stations who arrive and setup to cover vigils. Team will also be responsible for photography and Livestreaming at the vigil sites.
responsible for working with the transportation team to setup and tear-down sound equipment, chairs, banners and other items necessary to facilitate vigils. All setup should be complete 15-20 minutes prior to the published vigil time.
responsible for providing music at prayer vigils. Team will consist of assigned vocals as well as sound operator who will ensure sound system is in place and music tracks are ready and tested no later than 10 minutes prior to start of vigil. Worship team leader will oversee the above to ensure vocals and prayer leaders are assigned and in place as well as mics and music have been tested prior to vigil.
responsible for preparing and printing cards, brochures and other hand-outs for vigils. In addition, the team is responsible for updating Website and Facebook pages (and any other social media sources) with current info regarding upcoming vigils, etc. In addition, the team will update voicemail message with upcoming vigils info.
Preemptive Prayer Strike Team
responsible for bi-weekly prayer runs (weekday evenings) in troubled areas of the city. This will be a true-to-life driveby prayer run in the prayer van using the loud speakers atop van. Occasionally the van may stop in some areas to pray with neighbors. At least one male must accompany every Prayer Strike run.
Drive-by Prayer Volunteer Form