Near Chicago? Get up early this Saturday (July 6th) . . .

Oftentimes church leaders only view ministry from a micro perspective.  It may stem from local church, denominational, or geographic blinding, so we fail to see the “big picture.”  This month’s School of the Prophets speaker, Rev. Phil Miglioratti, transcends that obstacle.  As facilitator of the National Pastors’ Prayer ( and Church Prayer Leaders ( Networks,  Chief Operating Officer of the Mission America Coalition (, and Prayer and Vision Consultant to the Illinois Baptist State Association (, Rev. Miglioratti has several forums in which he is impacting prayer and ministry nationally!  His heart for ministry is unquestioned, and his deep desire to bolster pastors and other church leaders makes him a valuable tool in building the kingdom of Jesus Christ.

I recently had the opportunity to spend a few moments with Rev. Miglioratti at the National Black Evangelical Association convention which recently convened here in Chicago, and it has been awhile since we personally interacted.  I can honestly say that I was blessed by the fellowship, and captivated by his insight and genuinely humble spirit!  From Rev. Miglioratti’s perspective, he perceives trends that are not readily apparent to those with only a micro perspective.  And it is from that vantage point that he will discuss what is trending (to use a Twitter term), in prayer, collaboration/unity, and evangelism.  After the presentation there will be time for Q&A and prayer.

The School of the Prophets is an ecumenical collaboration of clergymen and laypersons who meet every first Saturday of a month for fellowship, worship, a presentation (followed by group interaction), prayer, and breakfast!  Our fellowship consists of urbanites and suburbanites, and is multi-denominational, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and spans the geo-political and socio-economic spheres.  Nevertheless the primary element that keeps our fellowship bonded together is the strong belief that modeling God’s Kingdom begins here on earth, so we have learned to love, accept, and appreciate one another’s differences, through the power of The Holy Spirit!

The meeting is this Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 7:00 a.m. at the Austin Corinthian Baptist Church (ACBC), 823 S. Cicero Avenue.  The church is 2 blocks south of the Eisenhower expressway on the east side of the street (Cicero and Arthington), next to Marvin’s Soul Food restaurant.  If parking fills on Arthington, you can always park in the restaurant parking lot.  We will begin with worship and prayer, and after a few formalities, our speaker will share what God has placed on his heart!

As usual a wonderful breakfast (hosted by Mother Annie Hilliard), will be served at 8:30 for a modest $5 donation (all proceeds to go to ACBC’s Building Fund), but no one will be turned away!  I look forward to seeing you!


Phil Hilliard
Sr. Pastor, ACBC

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