The Council of Bishops has invited each of the annual conferences to host a 24-hour prayer effort with the intent of creating a groundswell of prayer in the days leading up to General Conference.  The prayer vigils can be a meaningful way to focus spiritually on the experience, as well as to surround the delegates and church leaders with prayer.

Bible and Candles

Read the Council of Bishops news release about the Prayer Vigils.

“We want those attending to know that their United Methodist family is praying for them and with them —that God will lead them in the decisions that they will make for the future of the church and that the event will be a positive Christian witness in how we conference together.”

Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett, North Alabama Conference

“We pray that God would give them [delegates] an understanding and loving heart; that all will have a spirit of humility and a desire to do God’s will; and that the fruit of the Spirit would be evident in such a way that all who observe would sense that true Christian conferencing will take place.”

Bishop Al Gwinn, retired bishop, chair of the Council of Bishops’ Prayer subcommittee.