Thinking about leading a 40 Days for Life campaign in your city … but you need some encouragement? You’ve come to the right place!

Frequently asked questions

Here is a list of the most common inquiries we receive from those who are trying to discern campaign leadership. Click on the arrow at the right side of each bar to view the answers.

PRAY! The most important thing you can do to determine if you are supposed to lead or participate in a 40 Days for Life — or to ensure the success of your local campaign — is pray.

  1. Ask God to guide you in determining your role in this effort — as a leader, participant, or prayer warrior
  2. Pray for wisdom — for you and others in your community — as you discern whether 40 Days for Life is right for your city at this time
  3. Pray that the right people in your community and around the country hear about 40 Days for Life and participate as God leads them
  4. Pray that your nation repents and turns back to God, honoring Him by protecting the right to life for all members of our human family
  5. Pray for an end to abortion!

If, after praying, you feel called to apply for your community, take the first step by going to:


We’ll be right with you, working side by side, all the way through the end of your campaign.

When we surveyed the leaders from past 40 Days for Life campaigns, they told us that adequate time was needed to prepare for a successful campaign.

By cutting off the applications on Thursday, June 21, at midnight, we are ensuring that you have enough time for your training and that the headquarters team is 100% focused on helping you gear up for your campaign — not continuing to handle application details.

If you want to experience the life-saving benefits of 40 Days for Life from September 26 to November 4, apply no later than Thursday, June 21.


Absolutely not!

The mission of 40 Days for Life is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.

During previous 40 Days for Life campaigns, we have been blessed to see people from just about every kind of church — folks who may not always see eye to eye on theological points — join arm in arm, united in their commitment to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.


The headquarters team invests hundreds of dollars per location to provide the tools, technology, training, and resources that will be provided to your community once your application is accepted. Very generous donors help offset the majority of those expenses, but the application fee helps to defray the remainder of the costs. (Scholarships are available to assist those who experience financial challenges.)


In addition to the application fee, there will be some costs tied to your campaign for events, vigil supplies, printing, promotion, mailings, phone calls, etc. These costs vary by community and can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars (depending on how ambitious you decide to make your campaign).

Raising funds for this project can actually be a great blessing as you watch God provide for the campaign’s needs. Several communities reported great success in offsetting their 40 Days for Life costs through organizational growth, new supporters, sharing the cost among churches or organizations, special offerings … or by securing sponsorship from key individuals, organizations or businesses.

However you choose to offset the costs of 40 Days for Life — and we’ll do everything we can to help you with this — all funds raised for your local campaign will stay right where they are needed the most: in your community.


You can certainly conduct pro-life efforts on your own — and we highly encourage that — but if you want to conduct a 40 Days for Life campaign as part of the next internationally coordinated effort, and receive all the training and resources needed for a project of this magnitude, you must apply.

This ensures the integrity of the campaign experience and protects you and everyone involved.


To ensure a consistent experience for participants in 40 Days for Life campaigns at all locations, we are asking your community to commit to try and maintain a vigil for a minimum of 12 hours each of the 40 days during the 40 Days for Life campaign.

In rare cases, particularly where security issues are a concern, we will make exceptions to this guideline, but each request must be approved in advance by the 40 Days for Life headquarters team.

If this applies to you, please email your requests to:


Without question, the most stunning blessings and potent results have occurred in communities where the campaign was conducted at a single location for a minimum of 12 hours a day for each of the 40 days.

We have found that when one team tries to do multiple locations, all too often the effort is spread too thin, volunteers get confused, and the campaign struggles — and at times, no one is praying in front of any location.

This is not to say that there may not be room for more than one campaign in a large metropolitan area. But in such cases, each vigil location should be part of a separate application, with a separate local coordinating team.

While there may be more than one abortion facility in your city, and the need for prayer at each clinic cries out, the integrity of the campaign is best preserved — and the results maximized — when 40 days of intense prayer and vigil participation is concentrated on one location.


We really can’t answer that question for you, but know that God can.

Pray for wisdom and discernment, talk with others who could help you implement this campaign in your community, and then take the step of faith — make a courageous decision that could have a life-saving impact on your community:


Are you ready? Apply now! The deadline is Thursday, June 21.