Kairos….a Greek word that means “a unique divine appointment in history, a God- crafted and
infused moment”. This is in contrast with chronos which is used of the measured passage of time.
Kairos is used 86 times in the New Testament. It is well represented in Mark 1:15 ““The time is
fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
The Eastern churches introduce their liturgy by saying ” Καιρός του ποιήσα τω Κυρίω, Kairos tou
poiesai to Kyrio” indicating it was now the (kairos) time that their worship service was to intersect with
A Kairos moment is when Heaven comes to earth in a unique moment of time, even as an a unique
season in history. A Kairos moment exists to accomplish something that could not be accomplished
apart from that special intersection of heaven and earth. Cities, nations, peoples, churches and
persons all may have kairos moments special to them. It is theirs to embrace or reject. Jesus
lamented “….you did not know the time (kairion) of your visitation” ESV, Luke 19:44b
Cleveland’s Kairos Moment is soon upon us.
This tear in the fabric of the universe will appear in Cleveland when the Republican National
Convention floods the city with 50,000 guests, 20,000 protestors along with news media from across
the planet with all the eyes of the world fixated on the affairs transpiring in Cleveland July 18-21. The
direction of a culture will be shaped on the party floor, in back room deals and on the streets of
“The whole world is watching, the whole world is watching.” is an appropriate refrain borrowed from
Chicago’s 1968 Democratic Convention…we though will not have our Jerry Rubin, YIPPIES, the SDS,
Weather Underground or Mayor Joseph Daley. Unlike 1968 Chicago the church here is called to rally
in prayer, in love and in proclamation. We, the church, will engage Heaven to invade earth.
Who is responding in this kairos moment?
What will you do? What will your congregation do? What will the Church in Cleveland do? As Steve
Backley opines: “There are three types of people in this world. Firstly, there are people who make
things happen. Then there are people who watch things happen. Lastly, there are people who ask,
what happened?” Which do you want to be? There are first responders for Cleveland. These are
those who are standing in the gap.
The Response is a national organization dedicated to prayer for our nation and the church is
orchestrating a massive non-partisan prayer gathering at the Wolstein Center on Saturday, July
16th, two days prior to the start of the Republican Convention. This free gathering is limited to the
first 13,000 who register at http://theresponseusa.com/ohio/ You are invited to gather from 10am
to 4pm for worship and prayer for our nation. We will not pontificate, we will be nameless, we will
humble ourselves before God. The goal is to appeal to heaven for God to intervene in the affairs
of men, starting with the church and then our nation. We are asking for God to conform us to the
character of Jesus.
Hope Is Here is an ad hoc effort of over 100 churches, ministries, ministers and dedicated
Christians from Cleveland, throughout Ohio and neighboring states. Together we will have a three
1. 24/7 worship and prayer where immediately following The Response and starting two days
prior to the RNC worship teams and Christians will lead around-the-clock worship and prayer at
the large sanctuary of the Family Ministry Center on Fulton Road on Cleveland’s near West
Side. Will your church participate? Will you embrace regular shifts of prayer?
2. Evangelism teams will be deployed for servant evangelism to give at water bottles and be
available for gospel engagement at fixed strategic spots around RNC venues as well as mobile
teams given to direct evangelism relying on the Holy Spirit for divine appointments. Teams will
be deployed from the Family Ministry Center.
3. A Music Outreach will be held at the famous Agora Theatre on 5000 Euclid Avenue….
where iconic rock acts once frequented. This urban oriented two day event, July 22nd
and 23rd will be where those evangelized during the week will be invited for follow up
and local youth will gather for gospel-centered music and evangelism.
A faithful core has dedicated its time, talent and treasure to steward this moment in history. We are
asking God to shift the atmosphere at the Republican National Convention and on the streets of
Cleveland. We are asking God to bring people face to face with the Lordship claims of Jesus and the
the saving power of the Gospel. We are asking God to bring renewal, restoration and revival to the
Church so we might be salt and light to culture. We are asking God to shift our National destiny so we
as a country may give glory to God as a land that has embraced humility, justice and righteousness.
Yes, it’s time to step into this Kairos moment with us.