By CTNTP UK Coordinator and The Rooftop UK Pioneer, David Gilbey
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. (Click here for the Background to CTNTP).
CTNTP is not an Organisation as such, but 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.
Since our ‘As One’ gathering in 2018, Founder of CTNTP, Peter Hill and I, have largely felt to wait and to watch for echoes of the ‘ripples’ for revival that went out on that day to 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!
This has caused us to pause, to reflect, to wait. What is The Lord saying through all this? What about the future of CTNTP? This has definitely not been a time to step forward and simply ask God to bless, but rather to wait until He beckons to follow.
The Rooftop – Joining Jesus in His Mission
Since the latter part of 2019 I have been on the UK Board of an expanding global movement known as, The Rooftop.
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.
In early October 2020, The Lord made it clear that this was a role I should step into and I 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.
CTNTP and The Rooftop will therefore 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.
You can read below a summary of The Rooftop ministry and their website is at therooftop.org.
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!
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!