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|
|Founded||May 7, 1999|
The International House of Prayer (IHOPKC) is a charismatic evangelical Christian movement and missions organization based in Kansas City, Missouri, and the nearby suburb of Grandview that focuses on prayer and worship.
It is best known for the prayer room which has run 24/7 with live worship teams since September 19, 1999, and simultaneously broadcast via its website and YouTube. Doctrinally, IHOPKC is evangelical, charismatic, post-tribulational, and affirms historic premillennialism. IHOPKC places great importance on the practices of prayer, worship, fasting, and works of justice.
IHOPKC runs a training facility which houses a Bible school, music academy, and media institute, collectively known as the International House of Prayer University (IHOPU) in nearby Grandview, Missouri.
The annual Onething conference has been hosted by IHOPKC since 2002 in the Kansas City Convention Center. Over 25,000 young adults attended the 2013 Onething conference. IHOPKC has stated that the 2018 Onething conference will be the last conference for some time.
The International House of Prayer of Kansas City (IHOPKC) was founded by Mike Bickle on May 7th, 1999. The organization began in a small building off 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.
On September 14, 2010 the 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 and the International House of Prayer began abbreviating itself as IHOPKC.
IHOPKC is best known for its prayer meetings based on its "harp and bowl" worship model which have been held 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year since September 19, 1999. These prayer meetings, which are streamed live on the internet and through GOD TV, alternate regularly between music and prayer in two hour sets through all hours of the day and night. The prayer meetings are held at IHOPKC's 'global prayer room' in Grandview.
While the prayer meeting is the primary ministry of IHOPKC, the missions organization has also established many different ministries that serve its community including an inner-city ministry.
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 various other evangelical charismatic themes. IHOPKC facilitates the Forerunner Christian Fellowship, a Church in Grandview. In late 2009 and early 2010, reports of revival at the IHOPKC center led to increased attendance at their prayer services and conferences.
International House of Prayer University
The International House of Prayer University is an unaccredited Bible college with a campus at Grandview, Missouri. 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 president of the school was Allen Hood, followed by Wes Hall, who followed a call to the Gospel Forum Academy in Stuttgart, Germany in 2016.
Ernie Gruen Controversy
In early 1990 Mike Bickle and the Kansas City Fellowship were highly criticized by Pastor Ernie Gruen in sermons and a well circulated 130-page document titled "Documentation of the Aberrent Practices and Teachings of Kansas City Fellowship". In the sermons and document, Gruen criticized Bickle's teachings on eschatology and documented alleged cases of manipulative uses of prophecy at the Kansas City Fellowship. In 1993 Ernie Gruen and Mike Bickle released a joint statement declaring that the conflict was resolved. 
God Loves Uganda Documentary
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.
Death of Bethany Deaton
On October 30, 2012, former IHOPKC intern Bethany Leidlein 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 or known about by IHOPKC leadership. 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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