The Capitol Prayer Gathering, 2022

For 2022, the Capitol Prayer Gathering is slated to be a virtual only event. The virtual 2021 event received strong positive feedback on the prayer program format. As a result of COVID-19 concerns during the 2022 event, the BCNM’s Christian Life Committee is continuing this year to offer a virtual event only. The event 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 which virtual platform they will attend the event.

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.

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 virtual event

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 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.

What does it cost to register and attend?

The virtual event is free. The costs of the event is covered by generous gifts by churches to Cooperative Program, a Southern Baptist financial giving plan. The virtual event will begin promptly at 6:30pm. Registration is required to ensure that technical facilities 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. 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?

As of January 21, the Christian Life Committee has decided to host the event in a virtual format only. Participants may join via either Zoom or Facebook Live, and will have the same opportunity to participate in the entire prayer program.

Registration is required in order to plan technical platforms to accommodate everyone’s participation.  Registered virtual participants will receive materials to help them participate.

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.

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.

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 Capitol Prayer Gathering is funded by the generous gifts of BCNM churches to the Cooperative Program.