About the Better Place
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:41-42
Our Three-fold Mission
The first part may be summarized as, to equip the Church to be a house of prayer for the nations. This is accomplished in a great variety of ways. We provide instruction and experiences through workshops, conferences, group retreats and individual retreats in a variety of settings.
The second part of our mission is to serve as a place where pastors and other ministry leaders can partake of Sabbatical experiences that will result in their being renewed in spirit, soul and body. This can be something as simple as a breakfast for pastors where they are gifted with a meal, good fellowship, inspirational worship and an encouraging witness to what God is doing in answer to prayer. And, some day, when TBP has a campus, it could mean spending a week, month or as long as a year at the campus for a time of directed renewal that includes study, instruction and practical experience in prayer. A Sabbatical experience at our campus should equip leaders to better equip the members of their local congregation to be a more effective house of prayer.
The third part of our mission is to provide leadership to network the Body of Christ for the purpose of receiving the promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14 or, to put it another way; to network for “transformational revival.” This mission is undertaken by means of annual or occasional events such as:
- State-wide prayer summits where leaders of prayer-based transformational movements come together,
- Facilitating and coordination area-wide unity prayer and worship gatherings,
- Organizing and encouraging local pastor prayer groups,
- Organizing and encouraging the gathering of intercessors for weekly or monthly times of prayer,
- Providing training for intercessors and for pastor prayer groups,
- Sponsoring and facilitation pastor prayer summits,
- Coordinating and otherwise supporting ongoing prayer based ministries such as the Agape Prayer Ministry, Chautauqua Lake Men of Integrity and the “One-in-Christ” initiative.
Our Board of Directors has been carefully and prayerfully selected. Besides their many duties listed in the By Laws, their primary task is to pray for the ministry and staff of The Better Place and to make certain the ministry always remains faithful to the God-given vision. Our Board is comprise of a balance of lay persons and clergy, men and women and persons of varying backgrounds who all profess a Biblical Trinitarian faith.
TBP also equips through schools of its own initiation. Here we see Jim Bailey and Roy Miller who were among the instructors at an Agape Prayer Ministry School where participants learn to receive the freedom of being in Christ through inner healing and deliverance ministry.
TBP refreshes pastors by facilitating a weekly prayer meeting for the pastors of the Jamestown, NY area every Tuesday morning. Average attendance is 25.