See You at the Pole Prayer Event Incorporates Mobile Tech Tools to Draw More Participants and Schedule More Gatherings

Image: Courtesy of SYATP

When Christian students gather around the flagpole to pray at today’s See You At the Pole (SYATP) rallies, they’ll probably also be gathered around their smartphones.

And that’s by design. Organizers of the annual school prayer event—held at 7 this morning—hope that incorporating technology will help spur more regular prayer meetings on middle and high school campuses throughout the year.

“See You at the Pole is a ‘moment,’” Doug Clark, national field director of the National Network of Youth Ministries, told Baptist Press. “We hope adults and students will consider turning that moment into a movement by praying every day.”

Image: Claim Your Campus

The ministry anticipates around a million students worldwide participating in the 29th annual school prayer observance, held the fourth Wednesday of September. But SYATP is also turning to new technology to connect young Christians to long-term prayer commitments.

The organization has partnered with Claim Your Campus, creator of the Campus Prayer app, to help students organize regular prayer times and “keep the movement alive,” according to the SYATP website.

The app—which presents a tally of how many users are praying at any given time—added a dedicated SYATP portal for participants over the summer, ahead of the 2019 event.

Through the Campus Prayer app, students can schedule prayer groups and communicate the times and locations to other students. Plus, it guides students through prayer prompts for their schools based on a daily devotional passage.

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Source: Christianity Today