What is Elijah House?
Elijah House gets its name from Malachi 4:5-6 in which God says, “I will send Elijah who will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of their children to their fathers (paraphrase).” Elijah House is a ministry that helps us as individuals discover who God created us to be, by restoring our relationship with God. It helps us discover our identity by healing the wounds that exist inside our hearts that prevent us from walking in a closer relationship with God. The Elijah House School helps train individuals to use prayer as part of their everyday ministry to the people around them. The Elijah House School also helps us recognize how God is working in our lives, our loved ones, and in the communities we participate in. It awakens us to the reality that God wants us to participate in the plan that He is carrying out, and that we are blessed by walking in step with Jesus and His Spirit who has made His home inside of our heart! Jesus came to reconcile a broken people back to a loving God, and the bible says that we inherit the mission of reconciliation for our Savior, Jesus. Elijah House helps equip people to be able to participate in that same calling by giving them biblical principles and a loving atmosphere to apply these principles to their lives.
Elijah House was established by John and Paula Sandford over 40 years ago and is now based in Spokane Washington. There are schools hosted all over the United States and in many countries around the world.
Why is prayer ministry so important and often necessary?
Prayer Ministry is important because we are powerless to change who we are and where our lives are going. That was true before we stepped into a relationship with Jesus and it is just as true even after we enter into a relationship with Him. We need His Spirit, who has made His home inside of us, in order to change anything about who we are. When we pray, we are asking God to do a miracle inside our hearts in order to break the patterns of sin that have remained in our lives. Psychology tempts us to believe that being aware of a problem will somehow change the problem, and then leaves us to figure out how to do it. The truth is that knowing can be helpful and is sometimes necessary, but only serves to focus our prayers toward the problem. It is only through the power of the Cross and a relationship with Jesus and His Holy Spirit that we can see the miracle of a changed heart!
What is a certified Elijah House prayer minister?
A certified Elijah House prayer minister is an individual who has completed both Course 201 and 202 of the Elijah House Prayer Ministry School. They are able to support their home or regional church community by meeting with people and walking them through principles of inner healing. Prayer ministers can help others reconcile with God and other people in their lives. Elijah House prayer ministers are an amazing resource for facilitating healing within the church and encouraging the leaders of the body.
How do you become a certified Elijah House prayer minister?
To become a certified Elijah House prayer minister you must complete Course 201 and 202 of the Elijah House Prayer Ministry School. The Elijah House school offers two course levels, 201 and 202. Course 201 is a prerequisite for Course 202 because the information in 201 is foundational for 202.
- Each course level is 30 weeks long and is broken up into 3, ten week session.
- The courses run from September through May, meeting once a week. (several weeks are taken off for Christmas)
- Each week consists of 2 main parts: the teaching time and the small group time, where the focus is prayer.
- Several weeks throughout the year will be dedicated to small group time without any teaching time.
- Homework based on the teaching is required each week.
- There are chapters from books that go along with the teachings that are required reading also.
What is the cost for the Elijah House School and what does it include?
The cost for the 2016-2017 school year, to become a certified prayer minister, is $250.00 per person, which includes the following:
- the one time registration fee with Elijah House Ministries International (which entitles you to retake any course without the registration fee for life).
- your current course level workbook
- 6 additional books, which are required reading for the course
There is an audit option for the 2016-2017 school year. The cost to audit the classes is $50.00 this includes:
- your current course level workbook
You will not be required to purchase the additional reading material, but they are recommened.
If you are interested in being a part of the school for the 2016-2017 school year, please download these forms by clicking the links.
The deadline for your forms and application are July 31, 2016.
Please send a $25 (non-refundable) application fee to:
Valley View Community Church
PO Box 764
Oaks, PA 19456
Please make the check out to Valley View Community Church or VVCC and write “Elijah House” in the Memo.
If you are accepted this will be taken out of your overall cost.
If accepted you will need to turn in the remaining funds ($225.00 for certifiacation or $25.00 for audit) to secure your spot for the 2016-2017 school year.
(Date for balance will be communicate with you directly upon acceptance)
Partial Scholarships may be available upon request.
Who are the facilitators for the Elijah House School and why do they feel so passionate about this ministry?
Ben and Charity Robinson are both certified as facilitators for the Elijah House Prayer Ministry School. (their testimonies are below) God has burdened their hearts for healing in the greater Philadelphia area. They are passionate about seeing people from all walks of life, and all types of experiences, enter into restored relationship with their God and Creator. They believe that God desires a relationship with you, and wants to heal you. They see the Elijah House ministry as a great tool that can aid in restoring your relationship with Jesus, but also as a powerful way to become renewed in the original design and calling the Lord gave you. It is the hope of Ben and Charity, and the goal of this ministry that the whole bride of Christ stand pure and blameless.
Why should I register and attend the school?
When you attend an Elijah House Prayer Ministry School you will find a body of believers seeking healing in their relationships, both with God and others. This creates a safe environment where we are all working to strengthen our relationships with God and those around us. We enter into the presence of God and know that He is at work in our life every week we meet.
- If you are restless in your relationship with God and desire more from Him, then the School is for you!
- If you wish to better understand how your inner thoughts and daily life affect your relationship with God, then the school is for you!
- If you want to learn how we can truly walk in freedom before our Savior everyday, the school is for you!
- If people keep coming to you, asking you for help and advice, and you are doing your best to answer them but you are overwhelmed, then the school is definitely for you!
- Are you feeling dry in your ministry and want the excitement back in your relationship with Jesus, then the school is for you!
Still not sure? Read these testimonies from people who have gone through the local school.