“Randy is always so willing to come and join us at our TrueCity Pastors Gatherings to open our mornings in prayer. The pastors who come are introduced to various creative ways of praying, and I have been personally blessed by learning these new practices. There is something so incredibly special about knowing that the work you are doing is being bathed in prayer by others in this city, and I have been personally encouraged and blessed by the times of prayer that I’ve spent with Randy and the others from GOHOP.”
– Kristi Gringhuis, TrueCity
“Randy is a huge blessing to the TrueCity network in the way he consistently and creatively calls us to pray together for the good of our city. Whether it is in how he leads large groups into prayerful awareness of God’s presence at the start of gatherings; or getting smaller groups together to pray for each other and the neighbourhoods they serve in; or the way he weaves prayer and the arts together–Randy serves us well by calling us to go deeper in relationship with Jesus and each other.”
– Dave Witt, TrueCity Staff
I’m so thankful that one of the hats I get to wear in my ministry with GOHOP, is being connected to TrueCity (churches in Hamilton working together for the good of the city).
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“We invited Randell ‘The Punk Monk’ to speak to our church community during a series on Spiritual Practices. He brought such a unique, humorous, and relatable message to our group on how we can use our everyday walking around lives as prayer which invites transformation. The infusion of art with captivating storytelling was something that really captivated our people; and they still remember the stories and images many months later! We loved how this could be an intergenerational morning with the kids listening and learning along with the adults. Randell has a gift for relating to all ages through his art, stories and speaking style. Thanks for teaching us about prayer walks Randell, we will invite you back soon!”
I never teach about prayer without also leading people in a practical prayer experience. I feel like it is a wasted opportunity to have all those people in one place and just talk about something that has been so life changing for me without giving everyone else a chance to try it on for themselves.
This is not a side hustle for me, this is part of my core ministry. I do sometimes get paid a small honorarium (which is nice) but this is not a fee for service. Raising my own support at GOHOP allows me to work with churches who don’t have the budget to bring in a guest teacher. As a former pastor of a tiny Mennonite church plant it is really important to me to be able to bless churches with some help (regardless of their budget)
“I so enjoyed brainstorming, imagining, and praying alongside Randy in the weeks and months leading up to the 2022 TrueCity Prayer Room. As a ministry placement student, I always appreciated the hospitality GOHOP staff members would extend in inviting me into their areas of focus, and Randy did (and does!) this so well. I find his creativity in prayer to be contagious, and I saw this on full display during both the planning meetings and the eventual launch of the TrueCity Prayer Room. I specifically remember Randy encouraging me to run with an idea I had for one of the prayer stations, and this was the invitation I needed to realize I could contribute meaningfully to a ministry I didn’t think I was “creative enough” for. I appreciate that Randy recognized, affirmed, and encouraged the stewarding of what I could bring to this prayer room.”
“Randy has been very instrumental in the planning and execution of the last two TrueCity 24/7 Prayer rooms. His creativity and thoughtfulness have enabled us to mobilize prayer when we couldn’t meet together in person (employing online resources and creating a visual prayer-walking guide) in 2021. In 2022, these same gifts were employed to help us come back and pray in a physical prayer room at Wentworth Baptist Church. The prayer room bore his creative stamp (with a prayer labyrinth, 12 stations of the cross) and was the fruit of his collaborative organization. Among other things, the prayer room thoughtfully included a prayer exhibit that resembled a nursing station (created by GOHOP staff, Margie Stuart) and enabled pray-ers to pray for health care workers and for health concerns related to the pandemic.”
Asah: Creativity & Prayer Studio is a really exciting ministry hat that I get to share with Megan Little. “Asah” is the Hebrew word for “to make or bear fruit.” We thought that summed up the practice of combining art and prayer.
Asah workshops happen on the 4th Monday evening of the month at 7pm in the @gohophamont prayer room. Both Megan and I have Fine Art degrees and experiment with art in our own prayer practices. We started Asah because we felt like this was an experiment worth including others in.
We break the night up into two parts:
In our first hour we try out a spiritual practice (or a way of praying) that leans towards creativity.
In our second hour we take an art practice that you might learn in a workshop or at art school and we bend it towards an act of prayer.
The workshops are free but as a GOHOP staff member I raise my own support (think of it as crowd funding). If you would like to contribute to my work at Asah, you can buy some art from my store or make a donation towards my ministry.