The Capitol Prayer Gathering

The Capitol Prayer Gathering is an in-person gathering in Santa Fe. The event takes place at the beginning of the legislative session. Legislators are invited to attend the event as special guests free of charge.

The prayer gathering intentionally focuses upon prayer for state and legislative leaders. No keynote personality will speak. Hosts, name readers and prayer leaders will read Scripture and lead in corporate prayer. While we unwaveringly practice and promote biblically founded convictions about many moral issues, in our prayer conversations with God, we ought to intercede for our leaders and state, as well.

The Capitol Prayer Gathering, funded by the Cooperative Program, is planned and offered by the BCNM’s Christian Life Committee. The event is non-partisan.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen at the event?

Participants will pray for New Mexico’s legislators, Governor, other state officers, Supreme Court justices, and Public Regulation Commission members. The event includes a meal and a program. During the program, name callers will read groups of names and a prayer leader will lead participants in praying for those individuals. The roll-call-type praying will continue through every name. A brief Scripture reading and Gospel presentation will open the meeting. A spoken blessing will close the meeting.

The program will last 50-55 minutes, not including the preceding meal or dessert afterwards.

Do I need to register?

Yes. Registration allows event planners to ensure sufficient space and food are available.

What does it cost to register and attend?

The event is free. Its costs are covered by generous gifts by churches to Cooperative Program, a Southern Baptist financial giving plan.

Who is invited to attend the gathering?

The Capitol Prayer Gathering is open to anyone who wishes to participate. Special invited guests include all members of the New Mexico House of Representatives, members of the New Mexico Senate, and other elected officials, officers and judges. Special guests attend at no cost.

The BCNM covers the cost for two members of BCNM churches to attend free of charge. Additional church leaders, members and non-Baptist Christians in the state are also encouraged to attend at a nominal cost. For more information, contact Brittany Barrett at (505) 924-2311.

Where is the gathering being held?

The BCNM’s Christian Life Committee has decided to host the event in-person. It will be held in the gym at First Baptist Church, Santa Fe, and will include a meal.

Is this a political event?

The Capitol Prayer Gathering is a biblically-inspired meeting of New Mexico Baptists to pray for our state government’s leaders. It is not political. It does not address legislative issues, priorities or controversies. No keynote speaker is planned. No political party will be highlighted. The gathering practices and promotes prayer for New Mexico lawmakers and other state officials. Its content consists entirely of Scripture, the Gospel, reading of names, and prayer segments. The Bible calls on Christians to pray for those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-4). New Mexico Baptists are committed to praying for our leaders, regardless of political affiliation or positions on various issues.

Who is sponsoring this event?

The Capitol Prayer Gathering is an official event of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico. The convention’s Christian Life Committee plans and offers the event. The convention’s Information Services Team staff assists the CLC with the event. The team’s leader registers with the state as a lobbyist for the purpose of interacting with legislators to promote the event, placing it on the legislative calendar, and possibly giving legislators a gift. The Capitol Prayer Gathering is funded by the generous gifts of BCNM churches to the Cooperative Program.