An important message from CTNTP UK Coordinator, David Gilbey
Hello everyone, trust that you are continuing to navigate the ‘strange times’ that we find ourselves living in and are finding strength, peace and purpose in The Lord.
Call The Nation to Prayer has always been considered simply ‘a directive’ from The Lord, a move of prayer for this nation, called, initiated and orchestrated by the Spirit of God. (see the Background to CTNTP here). We – that is CTNTP Founder, Peter Hill and I – have not considered CTNTP to be an Organisation as such, but it has largely sought and existed to cheer on and be a catalyst to, all who yearn and pray for the coming of God’s Kingdom upon the UK.
In September 2018, Peter Hill and I believe we were led by The Spirit to hold two significant connected gatherings in two different locations, on one day in the centre of England. Called, ‘As One’, we prayed and declared unity and reconciliation; for Believers with emphasis on ‘The Spirit’ and those on ‘The Word’, across the UK Church to come together. We believe that ‘As One’ sent, ‘A revival Ripple’ out across the nation.
Since that time, we have largely felt to wait and to watch for echoes of the ‘ripples’ that went out on that day in 2018, in a sense to return. CTNTP has since been giving voice to many other prayer initiatives and prophetic words that resonate with our Vision for prayer across our nation.
Lockdown and a Shaking!
I, as many who are involved in prayer ministry across the UK and indeed the globe, have been sensing an impending ‘Shaking’. Well at the beginning of 2020, this certainly started. Covid has surely been shaking the whole earth!
Personally, this has caused me to pause, to reflect, to wait. What is The Lord saying through all this? What about CTNTP? What about everything else that I am involved in, which are several other local and national ministries? This has definitely not been a time to step forward and simply ask God to bless, but rather to wait until the Lord beckons to follow.
I encourage you to read an article I published on this website in January 2019 which was a prophetic word from Rick Joiner in the USA, entitled 2019: A Year of Unity and Shaking. ctntp.uk/2019-a-year-of-unity-and-shaking
Rick starts by saying:
2018 was a remarkable and wonderful year. 2019 will be even more so. Every year from now on will be more so, but key elements of a great spiritual critical mass will begin to come together in the coming year.
This will begin a spiritual atomic-like explosion in 2020. [shaking] What are the elements that are coming together for this to happen?…
A Time of Great Increase
The first will be a growing relationship and union with the Lord. Many have begun to experience the greatest times they have ever had in their relationship with the Lord. For those who seek Him, this will continually increase. There will also be an increasing unity and cooperation between individuals, ministries, and movements…
The Rooftop – Joining Jesus in His Mission
A few of you may already be aware of my journey and growing relationship with the expanding global movement known as, The Rooftop. I have been on their UK Board since the latter part of 2019.
The Vision of The Rooftop has a number of parallels to that of CTNTP. One obvious thing, it has a BIG vision! The Rooftop is global, currently developing in thirty plus nations and exists to see whole nations -including the UK – turn to Christ. Partnership and unity with others with the same heart is at its centre. A key scripture for both The Rooftop and CTNTP is John 17:20-21, where Jesus prays for All Believers to be, ‘As One’.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (NIV).
Behold I do a New Thing! – CTNTP and The Rooftop come together
Although The Rooftop is based in the UK through its founder and now International Pioneer, Dennis Pethers, it has not had a specific person to take the ministry forward in the UK itself.
About 4 weeks ago, following the last few months of covid-enforced pause and reflection, I believe God spoke to me and said ‘follow’, I have a ‘New Thing’ ahead for you and also CTNTP…
… and so, with immediate effect, I am delighted to announce that I have accepted an invitation to serve as The Rooftop as their UK Pioneer. I believe everything that I currently do must gradually distil around this new position.
Discussions have just taken place between myself, Peter Hill and Dennis Pethers and together, we have a peace to become close partners. CTNTP and The Rooftop will for this next season journey together. This is not actually about either ministry, but a overarching desire to join with The Lord to see His Kingdom and the life changing message of Jesus, come in power upon our nation and the nations.
Practically, as a first step, the CTNTP website will shortly be updated to reflect this new partnership and our Blog – News and Views posts will be re-focussed around the collective vision. The CTNTP website has around 1300 visits per month, so will hopefully remain a valuable way of conveying the unfolding story.
If it is of help, I have prepared a document which will tell you more about The Rooftop and for context, some personal background as to how I find myself now in the UK Pioneer role:
click here to view/download the document as a pdf
You can also read below a summary of The Rooftop ministry. Note that The Rooftop is shortly launching a newly updated website. Details of this will be made known soonest.
Peter Hill and I really hope that you will want to continue and support what is continuing to be a very exciting journey of faith!
Blessings to you all
UK Coordinator CTNTP and UK Pioneer, The Rooftop
The Rooftop – a brief overview
Founded in 2014 by Essex man, Rev. Dennis Pethers, from small beginnings, it now has a rapidly expanding representation in thirty plus countries around the globe.
Carries a passion to see a vast number of Christians and churches be proactive in sharing their faith, joining Jesus in His Mission.
Based on the moment in scripture where Peter went to a rooftop to pray, he received from The Holy Spirit a fresh vision of God’s heart for the lost, which allowed the Good News to spread to the Gentiles. (Acts 10). Many Believers today also need such an encounter, leading to their own paradigm shift in thinking and vision.
Groups of Christians have their own Rooftop Encounter. If possible on a roof top or high place over their city, town, or region. Together, they take part in a guided time of prayer, listening to God and with opportunity for an encounter with The Holy Spirit. Many leave with a new commitment to relationship and unity in The Spirit to join Jesus in His mission to the lost.
National Pioneers are commissioned in each country and develop relationship and partnership with individual churches, local, regional or national Christian organisations, streams and denominations. In turn, these are encouraged to become Partners and ambassadors for The Rooftop where they are.
Chelmsford to The World – October 2022
The current rallying call of The Rooftop, is The Rooftop Global Encounter which will take place in just under two years time, on 2nd October 2022. Through Partnerships, it is envisaged that potentially thousands of Rooftop Encounters will all take place on one day across the world.
The Global Encounter will be launched in the City of Chelmsford, Essex, ‘The Birthplace of Radio’. In 1920, through the pioneering work of Marconi, the first ever transatlantic commercial radio broadcast was made from Chelmsford. The Rooftop strongly believes that through this amazing legacy and this time utilising modern media and TV/video broadcast technology, Chelmsford has been once again positioned by The Lord to be a most strategic place of global transmission, but this time for the Gospel of Jesus Christ!