The Council of Bishops initiated Praying Our Way Forward to support the work of the Commission on a Way Forward and prepare the UMC for the Special Called General Conference in February 2019. Bishops Debra Wallace-Padgett of North Alabama Conference and Bishop Al Gwinn serve as co-chairs of the Praying Our Way Forward movement. Bishop Wallace-Padgett says, “Our prayer focus is two-fold: We are praying that God will help us to fulfill the mission of the church, and we are praying to be one in Christ.” View a video of the Bishops explaining the prayer initiative.

Prayers are being developed by the annual conferences across our international connection for the weeks leading up to the GC session in Saint Louis. Wisconsin has been assigned the week of February 18, 2018, with the prayer focus Protection. Prayer resources will be made available to clergy and laity across our conference.