Help put an end to gun violence

Prayers & Action

for Gun Safety

in America

A Call to Our Fellow Christians:

429 Signers and counting!

"First of all, then, I urge that petitions (specific requests), prayers, intercessions (prayers for others) and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all people, for kings and all who are in [positions of] high authority, so that we may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity."

As faithful churchgoers and leaders in the evangelical Christian community, we are heartbroken and deeply concerned about the gun violence that continues to plague our nation. 

Day after day, week after week, we are witnessing one deadly shooting after the other. None of us are safe, even in the safe havens of our churches and schools. 100,000 Americans will be shot this year; more than 30,000 will die, including many children. 

As we mourn for our brothers and sisters who have died, we pray fervently for their friends and family who grieve. We also accept and declare that it is time to couple our thoughts and prayers with action. Our actions might look different for each one of us, depending on how gun violence has uniquely affected us and those we love, be it mass shootings, suicide by gun, domestic abuse, gang violence, or other gun-related acts of violence. We ask all Christian leaders to join together as brothers and sisters in Christ to become part of the solution.

We acknowledge our Biblical responsibility to protect life by lovingly guiding those who are suffering from severe mental illnesses to the appropriate professional resources, by urging America’s lawmakers to pass common-sense gun laws, and by encouraging gun owners to take precautions against the risks associated with allowing firearms in their homes when children are present or when a family member is dealing with crisis.

With this petition, we call on our fellow Christian believers, church leaders, and pastors across the country to declare that we will decisively respond to this problem with both prayer and action. 

Founding Signers of Petition:

1 TIMOTHY 2:1-2

Reverend Rob Schenck

President of The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, Senior fellow of the Centre for Study of Law and Public Policy at Oxford

Max Lucado

Author and Pastor

Reverend Dr. Joel Hunter

President, Community Resource Center of Central Florida and Retired Senior Pastor of Northland Church

Lynne Hybels

Advocate for Global Engagement  

Co-Founder of Willow Creek Community Church

Jamie Aten, PhD

Founder & Executive Director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College

A. R. Bernard

Christian Cultural Center
NY Commission of Religious Leaders
Sheen Center for Thought and Culture

Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer

Presiding Bishop, Macedonia International Bible Fellowship

Dr. Preston Sprinkle

Teacher, Speaker, and New York Times Best-Selling Author 

Kathryn Freeman

Director of Public Policy, Christian Life Commission, Texas Baptists (The Baptist General Convention)

Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero

President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition 

Pastor, Calvario City Church 

The Honorable Suzan Johnson Cook 

Former United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Presidential Advisor, and Theologian

Romanita Hairston-Overstreet

Director of The Murdock Trust and former Vice President of U.S. Programs for World Vision

Gus Reyes

Director, Christian Life Commission, Texas Baptists (The Baptists General Convention)

Reverend Peter Chin

Senior Pastor of Rainier Avenue Church, author of Blindsided by God and a contributing writer for Christianity Today

James Ward

Founder/Senior Pastor at INSIGHT Church

Reverend Kenneth Tanner

Church of the Holy Redeemer

Rochester Hills, Michigan

Michael W. Austin

Eastern Kentucky University

Professor of Philosophy

Media inquiries, please contact:

Morgan Canclini-Mitchell

As we pray, let's also send a message to our lawmakers to protect life with common-sense gun laws!