The Council of Bishops in partnership with The Upper Room is launching Phase 3 of Praying our Way Forward. Phase 1 involved 84 members of the Council of Bishops praying for The United Methodist Church’s way forward for 15 minutes daily, from August to December 2016. This was followed by Phase 2, which resulted in 18 continuous months of daily individual and corporate prayer by faithful members of annual conferences around the globe.
In Phase 3, all United Methodists are invited to:
- Engage in a weekly Wesleyan 24-hour fast from Thursday after dinner to Friday mid-afternoon. Those who have health situations causing food fasts to be unadvisable might consider fasting from social media, emails or another daily activity.
- Pause and pray for our church’s mission and way forward daily for four minutes from 2:23 through 2:26 am or pm in their own time zone OR at another time. This is because the Special Session of General Conference will be held February 23 through February 26, 2019. 4-Minute Prayer Guide
- Pray using a weekly prayer calendar that will be posted on the UMCPrays.org website from June 2, 2018 through the end of February 2019. The calendar will list a unique cluster of names each week. The names will balance USA bishops and delegates with Central Conference bishops and delegates. It will also include General Secretaries, Commission on a Way Forward members, the Commission of the General Conference and the staff of the General Conference.
On Sunday, May 20, Senior Pastor Mark Lacey gave an update on the United Methodist Church and where Saint Mark is in the process of preparing for General Conference in February, 2019. Mark reviewed the three plans put forth by the Commission on the Way Forward to the Council of Bishops as well as the plan that the Council of Bishops will recommend to the General Conference delegates. Mark reviewed our Scenario Planning Process and the steps to be taken following the completion of this process. All church members and friends of Saint Mark were invited to participate in this presentation and the question and answer session to follow.
For more information and updates on the Commission on the Way Forward you can read updates on the UMC website below.