Thank You Susquehanna Conference
for praying during our Day of Prayer on March 4
On May 10 - 20, 2016, 864 delegates from all around the world will gather in Portland, Oregon for General Conference 2016. Held every four years, with the guidance of God's Spirit, the future direction of our United Methodist Church is crafted and held up before the whole church for our life together.
This conference gathering will be both a challenge and an opportunity for the delegates representing our United Methodist Conferences to act as the church's top legislative body. All delegates are elected by their annual conferences to serve. Half of the delegates are lay and half are clergy. In the course of these 11 days, the delegates will prayerfully church's set the official position and church policies regarding such important issues as mission, vision, discipleship, structure, spiritual formation, human sexuality, war, peace and set the General Church funding for ministry plan for the next four years.
On December 2, 2015, our Council of Bishops encouraged each of our 131 Conferences to hold a 24 hour prayer vigil. In so doing one conference will be continually praying for our delegates, bishops and leadership for the 131 days leading up to General Conference!
We are asking pastors and local church leaders to organize a vigil in their congregation or charge and join our other 900+ local churches in prayer for that 24 hour period. Each church or charge can develop their own plan which will fit their needs. The important thing is that we all covenant together to do our part of this important prayer vigil!!
Thanks in advance for taking responsibility to make this happen in your church or charge. Prayer really does make a difference, especially when we do it together as the whole body of Christ! After all, we are "Better Together!"
Please check back for further updates.
Prayer Vigil Resources
A Prayer Community for UMC General Conference 2016 (The Upper Room) Resource
List of 131 Conferences Prayer Dates
General and Northeastern Jurisdictional Elected Delegates