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 General Conference session in Saint Louis. Wisconsin has been assigned the week of February 18-24, 2018, with the prayer focus Protection. Barbara Dick is coordinating the gathering of the seven prayers for Wisconsin’s assigned week. Please consider submitting a prayer for inclusion in the collection. Some ideas for prayers include:

  • Protection of the members of the commission
  • Protection of the integrity of the process
  • Protection of vulnerable constituencies
  • Protection of the unity of the denomination
  • Protection of the core tenets of United Methodism

Prayers are due to Barbara Dick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 10, 2017.