Praying Our Way Forward

Praying Our Way Forward
United Methodists encouraged to pray for mission, future

The United Methodist Church is in the midst of a worldwide, 75-week time of focused prayer for the mission of the United Methodist Church to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and for the ongoing work of the Commission on a Way Forward. The effort began on January 1, 2017 with the North Carolina Conference and will wrap up in the West Angola Episcopal Area in June, 2018.

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.” “The purpose of Praying Our Way Forward is to ask and listen for God’s guidance at this important time in the life of our church,” Bishop Gary E. Mueller said. “The United Methodists of Arkansas are a people of prayer and I have confidence they will join with others across the globe in praying for the Church.”

During the Arkansas Conference Week of Prayer – July 16-22 – more than 250 churches, Sunday School classes and individuals participated by taking time during worship services to pray for the United Methodist Church and the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, and by taking part in their district 24-hour prayer vigil.

Though the Arkansas Conference Week of Prayer is over, the need for prayer remains. “The United Methodist Church is in a time of deep discernment, and the need for prayer remains.” said the Rev. Jim Polk, Assistant to the Bishop for the Arkansas Conference. “I encourage all Arkansas United Methodists to continue to pray for the Council of Bishops and the members of the Commission on a Way Forward as they seek to discern God’s future for the UMC.”

The Commission on a Way Forward was created at the 2016 General Conference. Learn more about the Commission on a Way Forward at www.umc.org/who-we-are/commission-on-a-way-forward. In addition, The Upper Room has developed www.UMCprays.org, a website where spiritual leaders and intercessors can share prayers, information and prayer resources.