Now what?

Unknown-8On Wednesday thousands of students all over the country (and maybe the world) circled up around flagpoles at their local middle and high schools to pray for the country, the school, students and teachers. New Life’s High School Director, Cory and I were there. It’s a great environment with lots of good will and encouragement during that time.

Even afterwards, there is some small talk, maybe even some bagels or donuts are provided, if you are lucky.  We were lucky. 🙂

But then everyone leaves.  Youth Pastors go to work and students go to class.  It was a good moment, just like the year before when everyone got together.  Maybe there is some chatter about it during the day, even saw #syatp pics on Facebook and Twitter.  But then tests, work, sports and other distractions   But it was just a moment.

But what if it wasn’t just a moment.  What if students did this every week?  What if different churches and ministries supporting the school took turns leading it?

I know that some will say that meeting once a week would ruin the moment and that kids would eventually lose interest.

That may very well happen, but if we do this, then it becomes not just an annual event or “moment”.  It becomes a weekly one where leaders and students and be actively praying.  We then teach our students to not just pray for the nation, the schools, teacher and students just once a year but regularly.

But maybe this is a stupid idea.  Maybe it can’t happen, but surely there is something we can do more than just a once a year event.

What do you think?  What are some ways that we can capitalize on See You at the Pole so that more students can be encouraged in Christ and meet Him?


Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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