With the school year coming to a close, we thought we would have one last big push for a campus outreach event. We decided to go out with a bang and do a multi-campus prayer walk, which is one of my favorite things we do! It is a completely student-lead prayer event that takes place on each school campus in our area at the same time. Here are a few reasons I’d push it for your ministry:
Student Leadership Opportunity! It is a great opportunity to give your students a chance to really own something. They are responsible for everything, from promoting it to programming it. The cool thing about programming it is that a prayer walk can be done in a ton of different ways. Some schools have their students walk around the entire campus praying for specific teachers, student groups, etc. Some schools have a worship session at the beginning, and some schools even split off by grades and pray for each other! Prayer walks allow student leaders to get creative with their events and experiment with some cool elements.
Adaptability! There are a ton of different occasions to put on a prayer walk. We did ours because the school year is coming to an end. We prayed for graduating seniors and incoming freshmen. You could hold the walk right before the school year starts, right before finals season, right after a school tragedy, etc. You get to alter the event to match what is happening in the students’ lives.
Fellowship! Prayer walks have proven to be a great bonding time for our schools. We have our students promote it through all of the school clubs and push it to any Christians they know. Because of that, students get to be joining in prayer and ministry with students from other churches. Because we have the prayer walks on Sundays, students usually go out and grab lunch together after and just hang out, allowing them to get to know each other outside of school hours.
Is your ministry doing any prayer events? How do you do them?