International House of Prayer
|International House of Prayer|
|International House of Prayer|
The International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO
|Location||Kansas City and Grandview, Missouri|
|Denomination||Houses of Prayer International|
|Churchmanship||Charismatic and Evangelical|
|Founded||May 7, 1999|
The International House of Prayer (IHOP or IHOPKC) is an evangelical charismatic Pentecostal Christian missions organization based in Kansas City, Missouri, and the nearby suburb of Grandview that focuses on prayer, worship, and evangelism. IHOPKC has repeatedly been accused of being a cult by Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry and other apologetics groups.
It is best known for the prayer room which has run 24/7 with live worship teams since September 19, 1999, and subsequently broadcast on its website. Doctrinally, IHOPKC is evangelical, post-tribulational, and affirms historic premillennialism. IHOPKC places great importance on the practices of prayer, worship, fasting, and discipleship.
IHOPKC is based in Kansas City, Missouri. It runs a training facility which houses a bible school, music academy, media institute and missions school, collectively known as the International House of Prayer University (IHOPU) in nearby Grandview, Missouri.
Mike Bickle has previously been involved in the Kansas City prophets movement, which was criticized by Ernie Gruen in a well known controversy in which John Wimber, the leader of the Vineyard Church broke away from the International House of Prayer and 2 of the senior Kansas City Prophets, Bob Jones and Paul Cain were forced to leave ministry, disgraced by professional scandal and sexual sin.
The International House of Prayer of Kansas City (IHOPKC) was founded by Mike Bickle. The organization began in a small building off of Grandview Road in Kansas City, Missouri, as a prayer room dedicated to worshiping Jesus night and day. Since that time, IHOPKC has grown and spread out over several different locations throughout south Kansas City and Grandview, Missouri. As of November 2010[update] the church had over 1,000 staff and a student body of another 1,000 individuals.
IHOPKC is best known for its daily prayer meetings based on its "harp and bowl" worship model that are held 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year since September 19, 1999. While the prayer meeting is the primary ministry of IHOPKC, the missions organization has also established many different ministries that service its community. These prayer meetings, which are streamed live on the internet and through GOD TV, alternate regularly between music and prayer through all hours of the day and night.
IHOPKC staff regularly teach on themes that include prayer, worship, the Great Commandment, the Great Commission, eschatology, understanding God's spiritual purposes for Israel, spiritual gifts and other various evangelical themes.
International House of Prayer University
The International House of Prayer University is an unaccredited Bible college with campuses at Grandview, Missouri. The president of the school is Allen Hood, who is on the International House of Prayer's leadership team. As of 2010, there were 1,000 full-time students enrolled. The educational process centers on prayer.
The program has included ministry training programs, a music academy, a media school, missionary training, and others.
The program was founded in 2000 as the Forerunner School of Prayer. In 2008 the institution was renamed International House of Prayer University after the school was certified by the state to receive international students.[better source needed]
In 2010 the school invested $6 million to renovate part of a strip mall in Grandview for use as a new campus.
The IHOPKC Project consists of plans to build a facility on 125 acres of land adjacent to Highway 71 that once belonged to Harry Truman. They expect to spend $150 million on the project. There are several apartment complexes in Grandview, Missouri, inhabited primarily by members of IHOPKC.
The 2013 documentary film God Loves Uganda suggests that North American evangelicals in general, and IHOPKC specifically, were responsible for Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill. IHOPKC has stated that it was not connected to the bill and is opposed to the legislation.
When IHOPKC moved to a new location in an old shopping center in the Terrace Lake neighborhood of Kansas City in 2002, many members of the local community voiced suspicions about the ministry. IHOPKC attempted to allay their fears in a series of community meetings. IHOPKC has been credited, however, with helping the local economy by bringing large numbers of visitors to the area.
On September 14, 2010, IHOP (International House of Pancakes) announced that they were suing the International House of Prayer for trademark dilution and infringement. The lawsuit was dropped on December 21, 2010, with the dispute resolved out of court.
On October 30, 2012, former IHOPKC intern Bethany Deaton was found dead in an apparent suicide. Days later, IHOPU student Micah Moore came forward to Grandview police and was subsequently charged with Bethany Deaton's murder. In statements to police, Moore stated that he was part of a religious group with Bethany and her husband, Tyler Deaton. Moore said that group leader and IHOPU graduate Tyler Deaton ordered his wife's murder to prevent her from revealing sexual assaults within the group. While IHOPKC materials and website listed Tyler Deaton as a division coordinator for IHOPKC friendship groups until five days after Bethany's death, IHOPKC officials said that Tyler Deaton's group was not connected to IHOPKC. Melanie Morgan, one of Moore's lawyers, said in early December 2012: "The facts suggest Bethany Deaton’s death was an unfortunate suicide and Micah Moore had nothing to do with that suicide". On Oct 31, 2014, the Jackson County, Missouri prosecutor dismissed murder charges against Micah Moore.
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