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Onething 2017 CET


Onething 2017 CET

Onething 2017 Conference speakers and worship leaders include Mike Bickle, Todd White, Francis Chan, Misty Edwards, Jeremy Riddle (bethel), Bryan and Katie Torwalt (Jesus Culture) and many more.

+ WHen, where, the cost

December 28-31, 2016 // Kansas City Convention Center // $49 (Super Early Bird by June 30th), $59 (Early Bird by Aug. 31st), $69 (Regular by Nov. 30th), $89 (Late Dec. 1-28)


The Onething conference is a gathering of 15,000+ young adults who have purposed in their hearts to live with abandonment and devotion to Jesus. It is organized by the International House of Prayer - Kansas City (IHOPKC) and its primary aim is to encounter Jesus so that we might be equipped to answer God's call in our lives and to carry His heart's desires to the world.

+ What is the International House of Prayer?

It is a community of believers from many Christian backgrounds, dedicated to a pursuit of establishing life's core values on seeking God's continual presence, equipping people to do the work of the ministry in evangelization, prayer, and spiritual direction, establishing apostolates of 24/7 prayer, and helping music ministers to expand their professional and spiritual capacities. Their main activity is focused on keeping continual corporate adoration in the Prayer Room.


It is a gathering of Catholic young adults (18+) during the Onething conference for the purpose of refreshment, individual encounters, and deepening of our understanding of God's prophetic voice speaking throughout the whole Church. The main aspect of the gathering is to meet those who are seeking to deepen their prayer life and to establish a solid and lasting foundation in their spirituality. We seek to apply ancient wisdom afresh in the contemporary world, and to create a network among diverse Catholic leaders: active and contemplative, business- and ministry-oriented. We seek fruitful ways to bear this wisdom to souls in this current spiritual landscape: relativistic spirituality practiced in isolation, unbridled moral choices, and those who maintain a cultural adhesion to a faith they do not understand.

It is our desire to build bridges through establishing meaningful relationships with our non-Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ that will be built on Christian charity, a common pursuit of personal holiness, mutual respect of each other's theological heritage and position, and an exchange of experiences in our walk with Christ in order to come to the unity of all Christians, as Jesus and Pope Francis call us into. We pray for the ecumenism of friendship.

We are grateful to Mike Bickle and his leadership team for making it possible for us to have this opportunity to gather ecumenically with fellow Christians.

+ WHo would benefit the most?

Everyone who is hungry for more of the presence of God. Laity and clergy, but especially youth and young adult leaders, artists, DREs, all music ministers, catechists, worship leaders, prayer leaders, community and Catholic movement leaders, and diocesan, parish and small group leaders involved in evangelization, intercession, healing and deliverance, spiritual and charism discernment. All who seek unity of the Body of Christ.

+ Has this been done before?

Yes. The first Catholic Ecumenical Track took place during Onething 2015 conference. The speakers included Fr. Joshua Johnson, Fr. Emmanuel Mansford, Dan Burke, Mary Healy and many more. Times of prayer and worship were led by Audrey Assad, Matt Maher, Dave Moore, Torri Harris and IHOP-KC worship leaders. Click HERE to access all archives (videos, photos, blog posts).

+ WHAT catholics should think and do about ecumenism?

We should start by reading and praying John 17 where Jesus asks the Father to make us one as He and His Father are one. We can also practice spiritual ecumenism, which is nothing else but praying together with other Christians, whenever appropriate, and we can serve together, practicing the works of mercy. If you want to see the list of documents about ecumenical realtions, click here.

+ What is MajorChange?

MajorChange is a 501(c)(3) non-profit apostolate encouraging metanoia (spiritual conversion) by establishing ecclesial communities, conducting ecumenical gatherings, overseas missions and pilgrimages, and media services to ultimately help others to reach happiness. Keith and Iwona Major are Catholic reverts, who were missionaries for ten years in Eastern Europe and the Middle East and served six years on staff at the International House of Prayer. They are the visionaries, organizers, and sponsors of the Catholic Ecumenical Track.

Would you consider partnering with us to see Christians encountering God and each other and building bridges of trust?


CET 2017 What will happen

CET 2017 What will happen





Schedule might change. 

If you want to see what happened last year, click on the image to see the archives from Onething 2015 Catholic Ecumenical Track:

I came to the conference very hungry because I’ve been starving for community that recognizes the active nature of the Holy Spirit in our lives. I left hungrier I think, not because I did not receive but because I DID RECEIVE and WANT MORE! It was like finding an oasis in the desert, and my prayer life has been encouraged, but I’m still longing for ongoing community.
— Onething 2015 Catholic Ecumenical Track participant
I loved the panel featuring the IHOP worship leaders — as a Catholic who has been in love with IHOP for years, it was really amazing to see both worlds having a meaningful conversation about unity and worship! I did encounter several non-Catholics over the course of the conference — they were all very receptive, and even curious at times, as to what I was all about. It was a great door opener!
— Onething 2015 Catholic Ecumenical Track participant
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CET 2017 Team

CET 2017 Team

Our Catholic Track team consists of trailblazers and pioneers who, as we are trying to humbly discern at this time, will bring the break through experience for all those who are longing for renewed intimacy and passion for Jesus in their personal life and will invoke back the wonder of the Holy Spirit's activity, especially in the areas of personal and communal prayer which is the center of all Christian life, fueling all other aspects of our existence. 

Justin Rizzo

Justin Rizzo is a worship leader in the International House of Prayer. Raised in New York, Justin Rizzo moved to Kansas City in 2004. He has been leading worship at the International House of Prayer ever since, producing three full-length albums. His desire is to see this generation to make God first and prepare the way for His return. Justin lives in Kansas City with his wife, Naomi, and their daughter, Liberty. Justin is known as a vibrant worship leader and song writer who travels extensively serving across denominations, including Catholic groups. He trains worship leader in the Forerunner Music Academy (IHOPKC University).

Jon Thurlow

Jon Thurlow is a worship leader in the International House of Prayer. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in sacred music, Jon came to Kansas City in 2004 for the Fire in the Night internship, and has served as a worship leader at IHOPKC ever since. Jon lives in Kansas City with his wife, Kinsey. They look to the day when every knee will bow before Jesus and every mouth will confess Him as Lord. His anointing in song writing and prophetic singing is bringing people into more intimate relationship with Jesus. He trains young worship leaders at the Forerunner School of Music (IHOPKC University).

Fr. Mathias Thelen

Fr. Mathias Thelen is a Spiritual Director and Instructor of Theology at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Michigan. Fr Thelen was born in Fowler, Michigan in 1982.  After two years at Grand Valley State University, he transferred into the University of St Thomas in St Paul, MN where he attended St John Vianney College Seminary.  In 2006 he graduated with bachelor degrees in both Philosophy and Catholic Studies.  He attended Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit for his graduation seminary formation and after graduation he was ordained a priest on June 11, 2010 for the Diocese of Lansing and served in three parishes. Fr. Thelen is moving in the gifs of healing and revelatory gifts, serving mainly in the Catholic context but reaching out to all who desire to enter into the greater knowledge of Christ.

Patrick Reis is the coordinator of Encounter Ministries, co-host of Encounter Radio and serves as a youth minister at St. Patrick's Church in downtown Columbus, OH. He is active in healing ministry. 

Fr. Emmanuel Mansford CFR was born in London, England. He served as a missionary with NET Ministries from 95-98 and joined the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in September of 1998. He was ordained in 2007 and spent 7 years in the friars mission in England. He has been serving as the Vocational Director for the Community since 2014 and is based in Harlem, NYC. Fr. Emmanuel has been involved in the Charismatic Renewal since 1992 and wrote his Master's Thesis on Baptism in the Holy Spirit, entitled, "A Catholic perspective on 'Baptism in the Holy Spirit'"

Fr. Michael Kmiotek entered the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in 1988. He was ordained a priest in 2006 by Edward Cardinal Egan at St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC. He has served in various friaries in Honduras, England and the United States and is currently the local superior at St. Clare's House of Prayer in Monticello, NY.

Fr. Michael Kmiotek CFR entered the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in 1988. He was ordained a priest in 2006 by Edward Cardinal Egan at St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC. He has served in various friaries in Honduras, England and the United States and is currently the local superior at St. Clare's House of Prayer in Monticello, NY.

We are excited to bring the teaching and experience of the Charismatic and Mystical aspects of Catholic spirituality so profoundly carried throughout centuries, as well as broad infusion of creative aspect of Holy Spirit's inspiration in various free expressions of His charisms. We have not planned and we do not aim to make this Catholic Ecumenical Track at Onething yet another conference but a meetup of people who are sensing the call to risk it all for Love and who have an urgency to learn and share the ways of His supernatural leadership. 

I was blown away and my friends and I have just finished a prayer meeting tonight to sort of debrief from everything that happened and to pray into it. The desire for Christian unity has been burning in my heart and I am excited that the Spirit is alive and at work here because where the Spirit of The Lord is, there is freedom. I feel like the Spirit has freed us to walk with more boldness into a greater unity in the Church. We saw Him at work and cannot deny that this is the will of The Lord. It’s exciting and I’m still blown away by it.
— Onething 2015 Catholic Ecumenical Track participant
I was very challenged by Matt Maher’s reflections on John 17. I really enjoyed all of the talks. I’m not sure I could say that one or the other was better. Praise and worship was AWESOME. I was really surprised to learn during the final session that so many of the people around me were non-Catholics/fallen-away-Catholics but had been attending the Ecumenical Track because they were really impressed by the richness of the teaching. I enjoyed hearing about their experiences of the Christian life and found that they have something that I have felt was lacking in my experience in Catholic parishes — community, expectant faith, willingness to make radical life decisions.
— Onething 2015 Catholic Ecumenical Track participant