NASHVILLE, Tenn. (GBOD) – When delegates to General Conference 2012 meet in Tampa next April, United Methodists around the world will be able to join them in an unprecedented concert of prayer, seeking God’s will for their decisions.

The Upper Room, a division of the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD), will once again provide a Prayer Guide for delegates, participants and guests of the General Conference.

Unlike at previous General Conferences however, the guide for GC2012 also will be available free of charge on The Upper Room website for all 12.3 million United Methodists worldwide. The use of technology will help the entire church surround the elected delegates, Council of Bishops and general church staff with prayer.

Traditionally, The Upper Room’s Prayer Guide has covered the 40 days prior to the General Conference. In 2012, however, the guide will include the additional 10 days that the General Conference will be in session.

In addition to overseeing the Prayer Support effort, The Upper Room will for the first time provide guidance and training to engage every local church around the world in prayer for the General Conference through online learning.

The Upper Room desires to engage the entire United Methodist Church in prayer with and for the 2012 General Conference. Each member of the United Methodist Church worldwide is being asked to:

  • Begin praying now for the elected delegates to General and Jurisdictional Conference as they do their work in preparation of the 2012 events
  • Pray for God’s will to be clearly discerned by everyone involved in the decisions that will be made at General Conference

A Prayer Website maintained by GBOD ( contains information, guidance and suggestions to help United Methodists pray together in new and meaningful ways.

In Tampa, there will be a labyrinth, a prayer room and prayer stations at different places in the convention center so people can be reminded of the spiritual importance of this event and the community of prayer that will be surrounding them as they do their work.

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Seeking God’s will for their decisions