SANTA FE (BNM) – The Christian Life Committee of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico has begun planning the 2022 Capitol Prayer Gathering that will take place in the state capital and live online. The event will occur on Feb. 2, 2022, at First Baptist Church, Santa Fe.
Historically the event took place in person only, with the hopes of one day doing a hybrid version to include a virtual aspect for groups or individuals that could not attend the event. COVID-19 forced the event to be held entirely virtual in February of 2021. The Capitol Prayer Gathering for 2022 will be hosted in-person at FBC, Santa Fe. Churches or individuals unable to attend in person can stream the event via Facebook live and Zoom.
The in-person event will begin at 6 p.m. with a free dinner that has been paid for through cooperative funding. Lodging and travel are not provided and are on those attending. Free registration is required.
During the event's live broadcast, two hosts will guide the program as 30 individuals from around the state pray for a group of legislators they are assigned. Important parts about the Gospel story will be shared, and the program will be closed with a spoken blessing from Scripture.
Kevin Parker, Director of Media Services and staff liaison of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico, commented on the goals for the event stating, "Number one to pray for our state leaders. Number two, to engage New Mexico Baptist in praying for our state leaders." In the 2021 virtual event, 21 BCNM churches from around the state were represented, with 143 people participating solely online.
"We have transitioned this event over the years from being a keynote speaker driven event to be a true prayer event," Parker stated. The event appeared partisan with a speaker in the past, even when the speaker took a biblical position on an issue. Focusing on prayer allows the event to be non-partisan. "Our hope and dream is to become an event where people see God meeting, and they want to come be part of it, from both sides of the aisle… We want to come together as followers of Christ," he said.
For anyone wishing to attend the event, registration is required. Register at bcnm.com/CapitolPrayer or call the BCNM office at (505)924-2311. Registration will open on January 5, 2022.