By: Dezaray Barr & Rick Carder
Phil Miglioratti graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a major in secondary education concentrated in English. He went on to study at the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he earned a Master of Art in Christian Education.
While at divinity school, Miglioratti had many teachers who shaped his theology and passion for the Church. He says that his peers were also essential to his time at divinity school.
Although he has never felt an ‘Aha’ moment about the path he has chosen, Miglioratti said that “God affirmed my call when I realized I would rather be teaching students the Bible than extolling Shakespeare.” Miglioratti knows that although job titles, zip codes, and interests change, God’s call is for him to spread the good news and grow the kingdom. Miglioratti said the greatest thing he can do it to take Jesus to work, school, soccer games, and block parties; that is his call.
Miglioratti currently serves as the National Facilitator of City and Community Ministries for Mission America Coalition (US Lausanne Committee). He is the Founder of the National Pastors’ Prayer Network and the Curator of the Pray.Network.
He said that his biggest trial to overcome within his congregation is himself. “Recognizing my leadership style and discerning my strengths and weaknesses enabled the Holy Spirit to coach me in focusing my passion and pursuits of ministry,” he said. “The Lord called me to connect the people to God through corporate prayer. But it took several life lessons for me to realize his mission for me.”
The mission that Miglioratti has for his church is that his people connect to God through prayer, both corporate and individual, and that the city and community they are apart of is able to transform. Each week, he preaches biblical messages, teaching his congregation about outward focused prayer training.
Miglioratti’s advice for IWU students is simple, “Love Jesus. Love learning. Love people. Learn inquiry prayer.” He encourages students to remember who they are talking to when they pray, to ask the Lord what he wants them to pray about, and remember why God calls His people to prayer in the first place.
Written by Dezaray Barr, PR Specialist for the Alumni Office. Dezaray is a Sophomore Strategic Communication and Honors Humanities double major at Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College. At IWU Dezaray is involved in PRSSA leadership and runs both the JWHC Blog and her own blog. Visit Dez’s website at www.dezaraybarr.weebly.com.