P. Douglas Small is a Bible teacher and prayer leader. He has served as a pastor and on the faculty of a number of accredited Bible Colleges. He is an Ordained Bishop and International Director of Prayer Ministries with the Church of God. He is the founding president of Alive Ministries: PROJECT PRAY, teaching and training through schools of prayer and consultations for congregations and cities, working with pastors, vocational Christians and intercessors. He is chair of the PCCNA Prayer Commission and a member of the Executive Leadership team of the Denominational Prayer Leaders Network. Doug is married to Barbara Ruth with whom he shares five children and eighteen grandchildren.
Doug holds two M.A. degrees – one from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary and the other, from California Graduate School of Theology. He has done additional studies at Regent University and earned a Ph. D. from Trinity School of Theology. He completed additional training at the College of Executive Coaching and Grow Institute. At West Coast Christian College, he served as Dean of Students, Director of Orientation and Director of Christian Service which included the Senior Internship Program. He has served as a faculty member at three accredited Christian Colleges. He was Vice-Chairman of the Accreditation Committee and Approval Process for West Coast Christian College with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the American Association of Bible Colleges. He redesigned the Biblical Counseling Program for Florida Beacon Bible College in 1988. He taught at Good News Christian School, Fresno, California, an elementary and middle school and was subsequently a member of the Board of Directors of (1975 – 1977). He was also a member of the Salinas Public School District Curriculum Review Committee (1983). He was the site coordinator for California Graduate School of Theology for the Fresno Extension. He was the Coordinating Faculty Member of the Bay Area Extension of West Coast Christian College. He was education coordinator at Harvest Temple, which included oversight of the preschool, elementary through high school and adult education programs. For a year, he served as interim high school principal. He created Project Pray SE USA as a collaborative effort with International Renewal Ministries, an outreach of Multnomah Seminary (Portland, OR). He served as a facilitator for city-wide gatherings of pastors in connection with this movement for more than ten years. He is currently a member of the Holmes Bible College Board of Trustee (Greenville, SC).
He was a managing associate with CARLSON LEARNING CENTER, one of the largest producers of relational analysis instruments for effectiveness assessment and consultant work (Biblical Profile, Couple’s Profile, Time Management, Job Factor Analysis, Interpersonal Profile, Values Profile, Personal Relating Style Software). He served as a Trainer for Psychological Publications, Inc. out of Los Angeles with a specialty in the Taylor Johnson Temperament Analysis. Also trained in the use of the MMPI, the CPI, Myers-Briggs, and the Couple’s Communication Profile. He has been a workshop leader at the International Congress on Christian Counseling sponsored by the American Association of Christian Counselors; and at the SE USA Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS). He has been a keynote speaker at a number of homeschool conventions, both here in the US and abroad.
He is a national trainer for ‘Time to Teach’ – a continuing education initiative that serves both public and private school administrators and teachers.
In his educational work with his denomination, he was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Department of Ministerial Care (1996 – 2000), a member of the State Board of Youth and Christian Education in North and South Dakota and California (1969 – 1976). He was Chair on Evangelism at Educational Institutions (1977), Chairman of the State Board of Education, Northern California (1979 – 1982), Director of Ministerial Internship, District Overseer in Monterey Peninsula (1980 – 1984), a member of the West Coast Christian College President’s Council (1980 – 1985), and a member of the Evangelism Task Force for Los Angeles (1985).
His past and present memberships include: the American Association of Christian Counselors, the American Association for Counselor Development, the Association for Religious and Values Issues in Counseling, the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, the National Association of Christian Deans, the National Orientation Directors Association and the Society for Pentecostal Studies.
Small pastored churches in Brookings and Rapid City, SD; Fresno and Salinas, CA. He served on the staff at Harvest Temple in Largo, FL; planted Christ Alive Fellowship in Largo (Now Abundant Life Ministries). He also served as a ‘teaching’ staff member at Central Church of God in Charlotte.
In 1988, Small created ‘Alive Ministries’ – a conference and speaking ministry. He served churches and various organizations providing Bible Conferences, Family Life Seminars and Leadership Development workshops. He has been the speaker at more than a 150 state-level minister’s events for his denomination and sister organizations, campmeetings and prayer conferences. His conferences have been held in every state in the USA – in Europe, Africa and South America, Australia and New Zealand, as well as Indonesia.
He has spoken at ATI National Home School events across the nation and in other parts of the world, and national Men’s Conferences for the Institute in Basic Life Principles; at the Billy Graham headquarters and The Cove; to National Day of Prayer Leaders; at the Watchman on the Wall Pastor’s Conference (Family Research Council); at Cannon Beach, OR pastor’s conferences for Multnomah Ministries; as a speaker for the Arby Carter Lecture Series at Heritage Bible College; the Founder’s Week Lecture series at Holmes Bible College; President’s Lecture Series at Central Bible College in Springfield, MO. In addition, he has spoken to general conferences and/or ministerial gatherings for the Assembly of God (AL), Christian Missionary Alliance (VA); International Pentecostal Churches of Christ (International Assembly); International Pentecostal Holiness Churches (Eastern and Western, NC, VA and SC conferences as well as the international prayer team leaders – WIN); and to the Pentecostal Free-Will Baptist (Minister’s and Wives Conference; General Conference; Regional Conferences); and to the Congregational Holiness (General Conference); and to combined ministerial training conferences of those organizations. He was national conference speaker for the Full Gospel Fellowship of churches and to numerous of their state-regional events.
Doug was a prayer consultant, and led prayer workshops at the Azusa Street Centennial.
For more than a decade, Doug served as a facilitator for city-wide prayer gatherings of pastors from a variety of organizations. He served as the SE USA representative for International Renewal Ministries, and a part of the national leadership team of that effort for more than a decade. The ‘prayer summits’ were designed to launch city-wide collaborative prayer-care-share initiatives. Doug facilitated some 150 such summits involving more than 5000 pastors of almost every conceivable denomination, at times city-leaders, laity and specialized groups in cities throughout the southeast USA, and beyond. He was also a representative for DAWN Ministries, and a trainer for the Lighthouses of Prayer movement.
Doug has continued his city outreach ministry through Schools of Prayer; ‘Pray, City – Pray!’ events; pastoral coaching; and more recently – PC2LN, the Community Prayer Team movement, a collaborative process of the Mission America Coalition and the National Prayer Committee. He has been the speaker a numerous city-wide prayer breakfast events. He served as the national field director for Cry Out America – and a collage of city-wide 911 prayer events. He continues to coach a handful of cities in the area of prayer initiatives with an evangelism focus.
Doug spoke and co-led the track on Advanced City-Reaching at the New York Mission America congress; and at the Transform World Conference in Indonesia.
Doug continues to serve as a member of the National Prayer Committee, and has so for more than a decade. In 1992, he was appointed as a National Teaching Evangelist for the Church of God; and in 1998, he was directed to serve the evangelism department as a resource specialist in the area of prayer ministry. In 2008, he was named as the Coordinator of Prayer Ministries for the Church of God denomination. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Denominational Prayer Leader’s Network and now serves as a member of that leadership team.
In 2012, he launched ‘The Praying Church Movement,’ a resource and coaching process for local congregations that commit to bring prayer to heart of all they do. He continues to see that movement grow. He also serves as the Prayer Coordinator for the Second Billion Souls initiative to unreached peoples. He is the point person for the Community Prayer Teams initiative – a rare joint project of the National Prayer Committee and the Mission America Coalition. He also serves as the co-chair of the National Prayer Networks affinity group, a component of the Love2020 Mission America initiative.
He has been a guest on a number of occasions on the National Family Radio network, speaking on prayer; and on the Christian Television Network, the TCT Christian Television Network, as well as TBN affiliates. His DVDs have been used on programs across the nation and around the world.
Doug has written more than twenty books, some with study or devotional guides, audio and video complements. Titles include: Prayer – the Heartbeat of the Church; Transforming Your Church into a House of Prayer; Prayer – Entertaining God; Wet Eyes and Caring Hands; Intercession – the Uncomfortable Strategic Middle; the Praying Church Resource Guide; the Praying Church Handbook (A 4-volume initiative); Five Principles of Prayer; and The Great Commission Devotional Guide; and Principles of Worship and the Tabernacle of Moses (published in 1990, now revised). New books to be released soon include: Prayer Requests Not Getting Answers? – The Great Exchange. His additional books include: The Anointing; Transformation Themes; Times of Refreshing and Restoration – The Visions of Zechariah; Spiritual Gifts; the Solemn Assembly Manual and more.
Doug’s articles have appeared in Charisma, the Evangel, SOW, ENGAGE, Prayer-Connect, PRAY, Echoes, the Virginian, Pentecostal Minister, The Pentecostal Leader, Decision Magazine and others. His blog is distributed to thousands. In addition, the ministry has numerous audio and video products.
Doug is married to Barbara Ruth (Cox) Small. Together they raised five children and share seventeen grandchildren. Barbara is a partner in all of Doug’s efforts. They have been married for more than 45 years. Barbara holds a B. A. degree and worked as an elementary teacher. She now serves the ministry and travels with Doug.