The Capitol Prayer Gathering, 2021

New Mexico Baptists invite you to participate in the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s Capitol Prayer Gathering at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening, February 10, 2021. Due to pandemic realities, this year’s virtual gathering is taking place online all across the state.

Hosting the program will involve 43 people from varied locations in New Mexico. Fourteen prayer leaders, 14 name readers, four other program personnel and 11 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.

This year’s gathering will focus specifically upon prayer for civic leaders and the state. No keynote personality will speak. 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.

Though the Capitol Prayer Gathering is not meeting at the facility of our traditional host, First Baptist Church, Santa Fe, the church is helping the BCNM plan and implement the event.

Register by February 5 online (button below) 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.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6pm

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.

Do I need to register?

Yes. The event is free. Registration allows event planners to provide sufficient technical platforms for all participants and to communicate with participants on how to join the event. Participants will also receive materials to facilitate their participation.

What does it cost to register and attend?

The Capitol Prayer Gathering will begin at 6:00pm on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. The virtual event is free. Registration is required to plan technical facilities that will allow everyone to participate.

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.

Where is the gathering being held?

Because of the lingering COVID-19 pandemic and varying local restrictions on public and religious meetings, this year’s Capitol Prayer Gathering is convening virtually. 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.

Participation on the two 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 via one of the two platforms.

Is this a political event?

While the Capitol Prayer Gathering is geared toward New Mexico lawmakers and other state officials, the event itself is not political. The focus of this event will be on prayer. 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.

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.