The Capitol Prayer Gathering, 2022

For 2022, the Capitol Prayer Gathering is slated to be a hybrid event. Both the in-person 2020 event and the virtual 2021 event received strong positive feedback on the prayer program format. As a result, for 2022, the BCNM’s Christian Life Committee is combining both formats into one event. A free in-person dinner is available at no-charge to individuals wishing to attend in Santa Fe. Similarly, a virtual version is available for individuals and churches to join from anywhere in the state. Both legislators and church members from across the state are invited to choose and register for either the in-person or virtual format.

In case the in-person event is canceled due to restrictions brought on by rising COVID-19 concerns, the event will continue in the virtual format as planned.

The in-person dinner will begin serving at 6:00pm at First Baptist Church, Santa Fe. The virtual, state-wide program will begin promptly at 6:30pm hosted live by our two hosts from the site of the in-person dinner in Santa Fe. The virtual format will be offered through both Zoom and Facebook Live.

Hosting the program will involve 43+ people from varied locations in New Mexico. Fifteen prayer leaders, 15 name readers, four other program personnel and 14 technical crew members will combine their efforts to host the event. Several churches have already indicated that they are using the prayer gathering event for their existing Wednesday evening prayer activities that night.

Registration is necessary for planning and hosting the online event.

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 CLC and all the BCNM family of churches deeply appreciates the assistance of the host church, First Baptist Church, Santa Fe, and its staff.

Registration will open Jan. 5. Guests and church members may register online (through this page) or by calling Joy Pittman at (505) 924-2311.

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

 

Registration is now available; click the button below.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

A hybrid event: in-person or virtual

6:00pm: In-Person Dinner in Santa Fe

6:30pm: Zoom and Facebook Live

Free registration is required.

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. 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.

Do I need to register?

Yes. Registration allows event planners to plan food for the in-person dinner, to provide sufficient technical platforms for all virtual participants, and to communicate with participants on how to join the event. Participants will also receive materials to facilitate their participation. Individuals attending the in-person dinner in Santa Fe are responsible for any travel and lodging expenses they incur to attend.

What does it cost to register and attend?

Both the dinner and the virtual program are free. The costs of the event and dinner are covered by generous gifts by churches to Cooperative Program, a Southern Baptist financial giving plan. The Capitol Prayer Gathering dinner will begin at 6:00pm on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 First Baptist Church, Santa Fe. The virtual event will begin promptly at 6:30pm. Registration is required to plan for the dinner and to ensure that technical facilities will allow everyone to participate. Participants at the in-person Santa Fe dinner are personally responsible for any travel and lodging costs they incur to attend.

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. New Mexico Baptist leaders, pastors, church members, and other Christians in the state are also encouraged to attend. Any evangelical church is invited to register and use the prayer gathering as a mid-week prayer service. For more information, contact Joy Pittman at (505) 924-2311.

Where is the gathering being held?

This year’s prayer event is a first-time, one-of-a-kind hybrid gathering. It will happen both in-person in Santa Fe and virtually across the state. The two hosts for the virtual gathering will lead the gathering live from the in-person dinner site at First Baptist Church, Santa Fe. Both in-person and virtual participants will have the same opportunity to participate in the entire prayer program.

The virtual portion of the gathering will be offered via a large Zoom meeting and on Facebook Live. Registration is required in order to plan technical platforms to accommodate everyone’s participation. Both in-person and registered virtual participants will receive materials to help them participate.

Participation on the Zoom and Facebook Live platforms will differ. Participants included in the Zoom meeting will be able to interact and will be visible to viewers. Participants joining through Facebook Live will be able to join in prayer, but will not be able to interact directly with Zoom participants, nor will they be visible to others.

After registration, individuals will be provided information to join the gathering format that they selected.

Can my church use the Capitol Prayer Gathering for its mid-week prayer service.

Yes. Churches are encouraged to use the Capitol Prayer Gathering for their mid-week prayer services or for a special prayer service. Any size church may participate from any location. Mid-week prayer groups can be gathered in a home or a church building. Registration for every participating site is required.

Church groups are urged to use Zoom, so that special guests can see the groups and individuals who are praying for them. Baptist Convention of New Mexico staff will work with each church to ensure proper technical facilities are available for a smooth experience. A stable, wired-internet connection is advised for projecting or showing the CPG program from Zoom or Facebook Live. Audio from the meeting should be played for attendees through a sound system or amplified speaker of some type.

The Santa Fe site will begin feeding a pre-program signal (with picture and audio) to Zoom and Facebook Live 30 minutes before the actual program begins. Churches can use that time to test and fine tune their setup.

Some churches have members who are name readers or prayer leaders as part of the CPG program. Those individuals should connect to the meeting via Zoom in a separate room and via a separate computer/laptop for their portion of the program. They should not try to participate from the same room as the church’s larger group.

Church mid-week prayer services using the CPG live broadcast will use the broadcast as a guide for their prayer meeting. All participants in the Zoom platform will be muted, but visible. Only participants reading names or leading in prayer will be unmuted by the technical staff operating the meeting from Santa Fe.

For questions about using the CPG as your church’s mid-week prayer service, please contact Joy Pittman at (505) 924-2311. Please make your plans and make contact as early as possible.

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 CLC also appreciates the generosity and assistance of the host church, First Baptist Church, Santa Fe, which has generously offered the use of its facilities for the event. The Capitol Prayer Gathering is funded by the generous gifts of BCNM churches to the Cooperative Program.