Praying Our Way Forward

UMs of Arkansas encouraged to pray for mission, future

The United Methodist Church is in the midst of a worldwide, 75-week effort of prayer for its mission and the work of the 32 member Commission on a Way Forward. United Methodists of Arkansas are invited to participate, both now and in a specially designated week of prayer, July 16-22, 2017.

This initiative, known as “Praying Our Way Forward,” originated with the Council of Bishops as a part of their larger commitment to “lead the church in every part of the world in times of worship, study, discernment, confession and prayer for God’s guidance.”

Individuals are invited to join in prayer whenever possible between now and June 2018, but particularly in the week of their Annual Conference’s prayer assignment. The effort also encourages all United Methodists to pray daily, as well as participate in weekly fasting, for the sake of the church, its mission and future.

This 75-week effort allows each United Methodist Conference a designated week of prayer. 

The initiative challenges the entire United Methodist denomination to engage in a worldwide effort of seeking solidarity, and fulfilling the mission of the church by creating and maintaining “disciples equipped to transform lives, communities and the world.” 

“The United Methodist Church is in a time of change, and we believe in the power of God to work through prayer to guide us in the midst of these changes,” said the Rev. Jim Polk, assistant to the bishop for the Arkansas Conference. “We are excited to see what this initiative will do in Arkansas.”

For the week of July 16-22, the Arkansas Conference will offer an online sign-up page for individuals, congregations and other groups to commit to specific times and dates to pray. Visit arumc.org/prayingforward in early June to choose a time frame. 

The Commission on a Way Forward was created at the 2016 General Conference. The “Praying Our Way Forward” initiative began in January 2017, and it will conclude in June of 2018. Learn more about the Commission on a Way Forward at www.umc.org/who-we-are/commission-on-a-way-forward.