New Yearsfor: Students

New Years

It’s a new year; a fresh start. Some people use the New Year to make resolutions and try and better themselves, some use it to set goals on things they want to accomplish for the year, and some use it to say they are going to do things that they said they would do last year. I believe that the New Year can be a really key holiday for Campus Missionaries. It gives us a chance to set up new goals for our schools and a chance to look back on what worked and what didn’t work in our evangelism from the previous year. That is what I would like to encourage you guys to do this year in 2015. Use this year to achieve things way above anything you have done in previous years. Set goals for yourself: personal goals, goals for your school, goals for your education, etc. Take a look at how many students you saw come to Christ this past year. Set a goal to double or even triple those numbers. You can set goals with your bible club! See how many new people you can get to each bible club meeting! Try and bring 1 or 2 new people each week. Try and plan more outreaches, maybe do 1 or 2 outreaches each month. Brainstorm with your bible club and ask God what He wants you to do this year. For some of you, it will be your last year in high school, so make it count! Maybe you can make it your goal to show God’s love to at least 1 person every single day. Maybe you make a new friend every week and share the Gospel with them.

Take a look back at this past year. What worked when it came to telling students about the Gospel? What was the most successful approach? What was the least successful approach? How can you improve? Discuss these questions with your bible club and come up with the most ideal ways. Get creative and think of new approaches. Have everyone in your bible club write down 2 or 3 goals they have for their school this year and help each other achieve those goals! Maybe you don’t have a bible club yet in your school; make it your goal to have a functioning bible club in your school so that others have an opportunity to attend it. Maybe your bible club is dying out or not enough people go; take charge of it and make necessary changes to see it thrive like never before. God has great plans for all of you people, so tune in and see what it is that He wants you to do.

New Years It’s a new year; a fresh start. Some people use the New Year to make resolutions and try and better themselves, some use it to set goals on things they want to accomplish for the year, and some use it to say they are going to do things that they said they would do last...

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Christmas and The Campus Missionaryfor: Students

Tis’ the season! The time of year that many of us look forward to! It’s a season of love, being with family, and giving to others! Yet for some it isn’t as jolly. Some people don’t have a family that loves them or a family to go home to on Christmas day. Some might not have enough money to provide their children or loved ones with gifts. Some have lost family members and have somber holidays. These are all reasons why Christmas should also be a season of sacrifice. A lot of us are excited to get new clothes, cash, or maybe the new iPhone! While others of us just want money to pay for school. But there are people out there who have nothing to look forward to but an empty Christmas tree, perhaps not able to provide any gifts for their loved ones. It happens every year, and it’s really sad, but I want to encourage you all as Campus Missionaries to do something sacrificial this year around the holidays! One thing my church does is a program known as “Christmas at Bethel”, where we invite any and all troubled families to a Christmas celebration! Every year families who may struggling attend and we just love on them. All of the kids get to pick a toy; there are games, inflatables, cotton candy machines, hot dogs, professional comedians, and much more!

I am not saying you have to organize your own “Christmas at Bethel” in your area, but it is a good thing to help give you some ideas! This year I feel that, as Campus Missionaries, we should be a living sacrifice in some way. Whether it be something you and your bible club does, or something you and your family does, or maybe something you do by yourself. Let’s give to those who aren’t as fortunate as us. Some ideas would be to give some of your brand new clothes away to people who never get new clothes, or donate your Christmas money to a shelter, or a charity, or even Speed the Light. Maybe you could hang out with some of the students in your school who don’t get to have the ideal Christmas—take them out to the movies or out to dinner. Instead of spending all of your Christmas money on things you really want, set a little bit of it aside and buy gifts for those who didn’t get any. Do everything out of love, and tell people of God’s love! Through all of this, glorify Him, not yourself. Pray about it; see what God wants you to do. Maybe He wants you to do something you never even imagined yourself being able to do. After you have done something, let us know what you did! Send us a report on how it went and if you got to share the Gospel with someone!

Merry Christmas, Campus Missionaries!

Tis’ the season! The time of year that many of us look forward to! It’s a season of love, being with family, and giving to others! Yet for some it isn’t as jolly. Some people don’t have a family that loves them or a family to go home to on Christmas day. Some might not have enough money...

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Prayerfor: Students

Hello Everyone,

It’s been awhile since we have last updated our blog, but after a very busy season we are so glad we are able to help you focus on being a missionary to your campus. It’s always nice to remember our fundamentals as campus missionaries and to remember to pray daily for our school and those that we hope to reach by living our lives for our lord Jesus Christ.  Romans 10:1 says “Brothers, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is that they may get salvation.”  Prayer is so essential to our own faith, not to mention how much of it can affect whether your friends at school get saved by the healing blood of Jesus Christ. We approach school as being very monotonous and boring, but what if we were to wake up each morning and pray to our beautiful God that He would allow us to take hold of every opportunity to share His Word and speak the love of God into our friends lives. School starts to look a lot more like a missions trip than it does as a boring place that teaches us Algebra, English, and Science. Prayer is so essential to your everyday life and has the power to do anything we could think of. James 4:3 says “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” this means that we have ask God  for the COURAGE, WISDOM, BOLDNESS, and PATIENCE to witness to your campus for a pure heart so that he can work through us when we ask for his blessing and help. Pray daily and allow God to work through you on your campus.

Hello Everyone, It’s been awhile since we have last updated our blog, but after a very busy season we are so glad we are able to help you focus on being a missionary to your campus. It’s always nice to remember our fundamentals as campus missionaries and to remember to pray daily for our school and those...

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Pray! Pray! Pray!for: Students

Ok, so summer has come to an end, which means that schedules begin to pick back up with sports, school work, family functions, clubs (and everything else that we sign up for and complain about secretly behind our parents backs). But one thing to keep in mind this whole school year no matter what is in front of you is prayer. James 5:16 states “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” As we take our stand in our schools for our faith we must remember that we aren’t representing ourselves, but our Holy Creator God and His Son He sent to die upon a cross, Jesus Christ.

Stated in the verse of James, prayer is powerful and an effective tool at our disposal. Prayer is what separates us from other religions in that we are having an actual conversation with our Creator…and He listens! In order for your ministry to be strong you must rely on God to help you every day in order to witness to your school effectively, be an example of Christ, and to season your words with graciousness. You don’t get want to get caught saying something stupid and looking like the kid who passed gas in the middle of class and everyone staring at you. 🙂

Be practical in your prayer life; develop a list that you pray for everyday and continually pray for those situations and people. Also, come together with a group of people every morning before school starts and pray for your Bible Club to reach out to others, and that your walk with God is evident.

Ok, so summer has come to an end, which means that schedules begin to pick back up with sports, school work, family functions, clubs (and everything else that we sign up for and complain about secretly behind our parents backs). But one thing to keep in mind this whole school year no matter what is in front...

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Taking Initiative – Part 2for: Students

Editor’s Note: Last week we had the first of a series called “Taking Initiative.” The commitment of a Campus Missionary, and the desire to impact a school for Jesus Christ, requires that we think and act creatively to accomplish this goal. Taking initiative means that we actively try to share and demonstrate our faith in school. For the next few weeks we will look at some different initiatives that you can take on in your school as you Pray, Live, Tell, Serve and Give.

30 Second Kneel Down

Long before Tim Tebow made taking a knee in prayer popular, students were bowing for prayer in their schools. The 30 Second Kneel Down began over 15 years ago from the vision of a guy named Tom Sipling. The initiative is simply to take 30 seconds at the start of each school day to bow your knee and pray, perhaps at your locker, and ask God to help you through the day. You can also take time to pray for your friends, your school, your family, or anything else that may be on your mind.

You can actually pray for quite a lot in 30 seconds. And when you’re kneeling in your school for prayer while everyone else is getting books out of their locker or hurrying to get to class before the bell rings, 30 seconds will seem like an eternity! But I challenge you to take initiative and pray for 30 seconds on bended knee to start your school day. The 30 Second Kneel Down is an open, visual display of your commitment to God and your commitment to pray for your school.

Originally, the following pattern was recommended for the 30 Second Kneel Down:

  1. Give thanks for 10 seconds. “Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!” (1 Chronicles 16:8 ESV).
  2. Pray for your School for 10 seconds (students, teachers, administration). “And when He (the Holy Spirit) comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment…” (John 16:8 ESV).
  3. Pray that God will use you to spread the Gospel to those in need for 10 seconds. “We are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” (2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV)

You can follow that pattern, or you can spend the 30 seconds praying however you wish. The 30 Second Kneel Down organization cited the following stats about what could happen if Christian students everywhere prayed for 30 seconds to start the school day:

  • 10 students x 30 seconds x 180 school days = 15 hours of prayer each school year
  • 30 students x 30 seconds x 180 school days = 45 hours of prayer each school year
  • 100 students x 30 seconds x 180 school days = 150 hours of prayer each school year

How about if every Campus Missionary in Pennsylvania and Delaware started this? Last year we had 589 Campus missionaries. That’s over 883 hours of prayer each school year!

Editor’s Note: Last week we had the first of a series called “Taking Initiative.” The commitment of a Campus Missionary, and the desire to impact a school for Jesus Christ, requires that we think and act creatively to accomplish this goal. Taking initiative means that we actively try to share and demonstrate our faith in school. For...

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Tell Us How Your See You At The Pole Wentfor: Students, Youth Leaders

Hey Campus Missionaries!! Use the comment section below to tell us how your See You At The Pole went!

I was at New Castle High School in New Castle, PA and about 45 students came out. It was awesome! Tonight they are doing an event at their school to share the gospel, and a few of the students at the flag pole were passing out invitations to the event afterwards.

How was your See You At The Pole?

Hey Campus Missionaries!! Use the comment section below to tell us how your See You At The Pole went! I was at New Castle High School in New Castle, PA and about 45 students came out. It was awesome! Tonight they are doing an event at their school to share the gospel, and a few of the...

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Taking Initiative – Part 1for: Students

Editor’s Note: Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring a series called “Taking Initiative.” The commitment of a Campus Missionary, and the desire to impact a school for Jesus Christ, requires that we think and act creatively to accomplish this goal. Taking initiative means that we actively try to share and demonstrate our faith in school. For the next few weeks we will look at some different initiatives that you can take on in your school as you Pray, Live, Tell, Serve and Give.

See You At The Pole

The national day of student led, student initiated prayer will take place Wednesday, September 26. Every Campus Missionary should be a part of this event. Prayer is the first commitment of a Campus Missionary, and the opportunity to join with other students from your school who are gathered for prayer is something you won’t want to miss. Here are some ways that you can take initiative:

Arrange. Talk with your parents or some friends to make sure you have a ride, or to see if they need a ride to See You At The Pole. You don’t want the day to arrive and realize you can’t get there because you haven’t made arrangements. Arrange your schedule and your life to get there.

Advertise. Print off posters to hang up around your school (be sure to get permission first). Ask the person in charge of your school announcements if an announcement can be made about See You At The Pole.

Lead. Who is coordinating See You At The Pole at your school? Can you help that person or group? If no one is taking that initiative, then you should lead it. Check out this video. It gives helpful hints for planning and leading your See You At The Pole.

Catalyze. Dictionary.com defines the word catalyst as “a person or thing that precipitates an event or change.” See You At The Pole will energize and encourage Christian students in your school. How can you harness that energy for a greater impact that lasts beyond one day? Consider asking the students in attendance if they would meet once each month (or week) for prayer. Maybe your fellow students gathered around the flagpole are the founding members of a Bible Club that doesn’t yet exist in your school. Catalyze a movement for Christ in your school by harnessing the energy of See You At The Pole.

Editor’s Note: Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring a series called “Taking Initiative.” The commitment of a Campus Missionary, and the desire to impact a school for Jesus Christ, requires that we think and act creatively to accomplish this goal. Taking initiative means that we actively try to share and demonstrate our faith in...

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What if we…for: Youth Leaders

EDITORS NOTE: Zac McDonald is the Youth Pastor at State College Assembly of God. Last year, his students met at school every Tuesday and Thursday for prayer. Zac wrote this post the day before SYATP 2011. He offers some challenging thoughts on SYATP and it’s implications beyond the pole. -Lee

 

Yes, I will be at the pole to support our students tomorrow.  I live in a community where I am unable to participate but will stand on the sidelines, joining them in prayer.  Each September I wrestle with See You At The Pole, and I’ve had many conversations with friends in youth ministry that struggle as well.
Here are some of my questions and struggles….

What if we as leaders were to teach a generation that prayer is more than an event? It is a lifestyle.  Prayer is not what we do but rather how we should live.  Do we spend as much time hyping the lifestyle as we do the event?  One is much easier than the other because it is short-term.

What if we were to teach a generation that motive is key in Matthew 6:5 & 6?  Matthew 6:5 & 6 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

What if we were to teach a generation that praying at the pole is not a public declaration of our faith?  That public declaration should be water baptism.

What if we were to teach a generation boldness, to lay hands on the sick, to ask the Lord to daily perform signs and wonders in the hallways, to pray for friends one on one as they get off of the bus, in the classroom and as they eat lunch together?

What is this generation of lost students thinking?  One day a year they get off of the bus, and a group of students are standing in a circle around the flagpole.  Why the flagpole?  Why a closed circle?  Why one day a year?

What if we were to teach a generation that there is more to prayer than 20 minutes of worship, announcements, small group discussions, wrapped up by 15 minutes of prayer around the pole?

What if we were to remind a generation of 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

As we gather around the pole tomorrow across this nation, I will be praying… “Lord, teach us how to pray”.

EDITORS NOTE: Zac McDonald is the Youth Pastor at State College Assembly of God. Last year, his students met at school every Tuesday and Thursday for prayer. Zac wrote this post the day before SYATP 2011. He offers some challenging thoughts on SYATP and it’s implications beyond the pole. -Lee   Yes, I will be at the...

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Beyond the Polefor: Students

Wednesday, September 28 is the global day of student prayer around the flag pole. At 7am local time, students will pray for their schools, lift up the name of Jesus, and worship His name. Whether there is a crowd of 100+, or just one person, it will be a momentous event.

The theme for this year’s SYATP is “Converge,” based upon Matthew 18:20. Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (ESV). The idea is that Jesus is there with you every time you join together with someone in prayer. Of course, the Holy Spirit is always in you, from the moment you became a Christian. So when you come together in prayer, it’s a very special convergence (meeting together for a common reason) of each person involved—you and your friends, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus. This will happen when you are gather around your flag pole on Wednesday morning. You will bring the Holy Spirit and Jesus into your school when you pray together.

As much as I celebrate your dedication and courage in prayer at your school, I have to ask, “Why aren’t you doing this every week?” Why are you only gathering for prayer like this every fourth Wednesday in September? Doesn’t your school need the presence of the Holy Spirit (through you), and the presence of Jesus (through your prayer together with other Christians), every day? Think about it. Then think about what you can do to make this convergence happen more often.

Wednesday, September 28 is the global day of student prayer around the flag pole. At 7am local time, students will pray for their schools, lift up the name of Jesus, and worship His name. Whether there is a crowd of 100+, or just one person, it will be a momentous event. The theme for this year’s SYATP...

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Promoting Your See You At The Polefor: Students

See You At The Pole is just a few weeks away, and by now I pray that you have begun to formulate a plan for putting your See You At The Pole together. Just as important as planning the actual event is promoting the event. See You At The Pole is not just an event for you and your friends, it’s an event that can and should attract Christians from all over your school, including many you may not even know. Here’s a few ideas to think about in promoting your See You At The Pole (SYATP):

  1. School Announcements. Talk to the person in charge of your school’s audio or video announcements and have SYATP announced with the date and time. This is a great way of promoting during the week of SYATP on Monday and Tuesday. Many schools allow this, some will not.
  2. Posters. Find out from the principle if you can hang up posters. Some schools will allow this, others will not.
  3. T-Shirts. If you cannot advertise over the announcements or by hanging up posters, consider yourself a walking advertisement. But some shirts from syatp.com, or make some yourself, and distribute them amongst your friends to advertise SYATP.
  4. Pole-Pass Lanyards or Wristbands. You could buy either of these items from syatp.com, or create them yourself. You can buy the lanyard rope and hook from any office supply store, and create the advertisement that will hang from the lanyard.

It’s also possible that you are able to plan your See You At The Pole because someone else is already in charge of it. That doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of what’s happening. Remember, one of the five commitments of a Campus Missionary is to “Serve.” What better way to serve then to approach the leadership and see how you can be a part, or to make some suggestions to how you could help the process.

See You At The Pole is just a few weeks away, and by now I pray that you have begun to formulate a plan for putting your See You At The Pole together. Just as important as planning the actual event is promoting the event. See You At The Pole is not just an event for you...

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