Sunday, September 22 through
See You at the Pole 2013: #IFTHEN
Wednesday, September 25
IF WE PRAY, SEEK, TURN;
THEN GOD HEARS, FORGIVES, HEALS.
2 CHRONICLES 7:14
2 CHRONICLES 7:14
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You can freely gather for prayer before school, but it’s best to let your school administration know about See You at the Pole™.
See You at the Pole™ is a student-led event. That means you! Strong student leadership is crucial to the success of your event. Your youth pastor can support you, your parents can pray for you, but you need to take charge and take part in See You at the Pole™.
Use the questions below to help you plan See You at the Pole™ at your school. Make sure someone is covering every area of planning and leadership.
Preparation Checklist (Download an Adobe PDF version of the complete Checklist.)
The best way to promote See You at the Pole™ is to tell people about it.
The strongest way to promote is a personal invitation. Make a list of friends to personally invite. Text them about any pre-pole or post-pole events, as well as to remind them to be there the morning of See You at the Pole™.
Put up posters at church and at school.
Get free publicity and clip-art for creating materials. Posters and other resources are also available to purchase on this site. Don’t cover the campus with flyers or stuff lockers—this may not be cool with the administration and is outside your rights as a student. Be sure you pick up any promotional material that might have been trashed or vandalized. Use these images on your Facebook, IM, Twitter, or web site.
Show the See You at the Pole™ Promo DVD anywhere you can.
It is great to use at rallies, Bible studies, worship services, or other Christian gatherings. The video is professionally produced, motivating, and has lots of options to show in different settings. Visit our YouTube Channel to see a few of the videos featured on the DVD.
Be sure your youth pastor knows about See You at the Pole™.
Tell him/her about your intentions and how he/she might support you. The See You at the Pole™ Church Bulletin Insert is a great resource for your church—or create your own insert.
Encourage other students to wear See You at the Pole™ t-shirts to promote the event and on the day of See You at the Pole™.
A great idea is to wear them on Wednesdays leading up the morning of See You at the Pole™.
Have See You at the Pole™ announcements made at youth functions and special events.
Publicly praying for See You at the Pole™ will help remind everyone of the day and the purpose.
You may purchase See You at the Pole™ promotional resources—such as videos, brochures, posters, banners, wristbands and more—at reasonable prices. Visit our Online Store 24-hours a day or call (817) HIS-PLAN (447-7526) between 9a & 5p (Central), Monday through Friday.
Someone needs to plan your school’s See You at the Pole™ event. Having a pre-pole planning meeting is a great way to get everyone together to talk about what you will do during See You at the Pole™. Many groups sing worship songs, read Scripture, and give testimonies while forming a large circle, then break into small groups of three to five students to pray. Remember—the focus of See You at the Pole™ is to pray! No matter what you plan, commit the most time to prayer.
A pre-pole rally is an excellent way to both promote and plan See You at the Pole™. Student groups, individual churches, or a group of local churches can host a rally. Some suggestions for a rally:
Use it as a final planning event before See You at the Pole™. A pre-pole rally is a great time for you to meet with other students from your campus to pray for the event and to go over the pre-pole checklist. This will help you make final preparations for See You at the Pole™.
Hold the rally sometime close to the event. Some groups have found the Sunday night before See You at the Pole™ to be a convenient and effective time to hold a rally. Things you may include: testimonies from previous See You at the Pole™ events, See You at the Pole™ promo DVD, speakers, worship band, etc.
If your rally will have students from only one school, then as a large group, have a student leader walk through the plans for the morning of See You at the Pole™ and delegate any needed responsibilities. This time is to be certain all the bases are covered and everyone knows what to do on the morning of See You at the Pole™.
Planning Sheet Download an Adobe PDF version of the Planning Sheet to help you plan what will happen during your See You at the Pole™ gathering.
If your rally represents two or more schools, then break up into groups per school. Have each group go over all the details of See You at the Pole™ and make sure all bases are covered and everyone knows what to do. Taking care of this important detail will insure you have a smooth and awesome time on the morning of See You at the Pole™.
Planning Checklist Download an Adobe PDF version of the complete Checklist.
While there is no requirement to ask the administration or school board’s permission to meet, it is wise and courteous to inform the administration about See You at the Pole™.
According to your constitutional rights upheld by Supreme Court precedent, you already have permission to have See You at the Pole™ because it is student-led, before school hours, and outside of any school building. It does not cost the district anything financially for students to meet and pray, so you aren’t “establishing religion with tax money.” Read the United States Department of Education’s statement on Religious Expression in Public Schools.
If opposed by the school administration, you should:
A small group of teenagers in Burleson, Texas, came together for a DiscipleNow weekend in early 1990. They came seeking God and little did they know how powerfully He was about to move. On Saturday night their hearts were penetrated like never before, when they became broken before God and burdened for their friends. Compelled to pray, they drove to three different schools that night. Not knowing exactly what to do, they went to the school flagpoles and prayed for their friends, schools, and leaders. Those students had no idea how God would use their obedience.
God used what He did among those teenagers and others who were holding similar prayer meetings at their schools to birth a vision in the hearts of youth leaders across Texas. The vision was that students throughout Texas would follow these examples and meet at their school flagpoles to pray simultaneously. The challenge was namedSee You at the Pole™ at a brainstorming session during a meeting of key youth leaders. The vision was shared with 20,000 students in June 1990 at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas.
Only God had envisioned how many students would step up to the challenge. At 7:00 a.m. on September 12, 1990, more than 45,000 teenagers met at school flagpoles in four different states to pray before the start of school. Reports came into toll-free number for days after the first event.
A few months later, a group of youth ministers from all over the country gathered together for a national conference in Colorado. Many of them reported that their students had heard about the prayer movement in Texas and were equally burdened for their schools. No other events had been planned, but it was clear that students across the country would be creating their own national day of student prayer. There was no stopping them.
On September 11, 1991, at 7:00 a.m., an estimated one million students gathered at school flagpoles all over the country. From Boston, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles, California, from North Dakota to the tip of Texas, students came together to pray. Some sang, some read Scripture, but most importantly, they prayed. Like those first students, they prayed for their schools, for their friends, for their leaders, and for their country.
As in all great movements of prayer, See You at the Pole™ did not begin in the hearts of people. It began in the heart of God. God used the obedience of a small group of teenagers to ignite what has become an international movement of prayer among young people.
Since 1991, See You at the Pole™ has grown to God-sized proportions. Within the first few years, the movement began to spread to other nations through missionaries from the U.S. Now each year, more than 3 million students from all the world participate in See You at the Pole™. Students in more than 20 countries take part. In places like Canada, Korea, Japan, Turkey, and the Ivory Coast, students are responding to God and taking seriously the challenge to pray.
God is continuing to call His people to repentance and prayer. Countless inspiring testimonies of how He has used See You at the Pole™ to bring students to Christ and to change lives affirm God’s power to answer those who cry out to Him in humble dependence. Bible clubs, weekly prayer meetings, and other ministries have begun on campuses where students participated in See You at the Pole™.
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"Students may also participate in before or after school events with religious content, such as "see you at the flag pole" gatherings, on the same terms as they may participate in other noncurriculum activities on school premises. School officials may neither discourage nor encourage participation in such an event."It should be noted that among the legal groups which affirmed the legality of See You at the Pole™ by drafting the USDOE guidelines were the Christian Legal Society, American Civil Liberties Union, the Anti-Defamation League, National Council of Churches, National Association of Evangelicals, and People for the American Way, as well as six others. For a complete list of the Drafting Committee and Endorsing Organizations, contact the National Network of Youth Ministries or call (858) 451-1111. If students who are praying are told by someone from the administration (or otherwise in authority at the school) to stop praying during See You at the Pole™, we recommend that you obey that authority and move your prayer time off campus. See You at the Pole™ is about praying, not arguing about your legal rights. You may want to bring a parent, youth worker, or other adult with you to speak to the authority later. If necessary, you may want to contact a legal group who can clarify your rights for the school official.
 "And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."Some have said of this passage, "Jesus is saying here that prayer should be a private matter between God and the one praying." We would respectfully disagree that this is the concern of what Jesus is teaching in Matthew 6. Jesus clearly seems to say that the MOTIVE of those He condemns in this passage is "that they may be seen of men." One should be extremely cautious about judging the motives of teenagers who pray at See You at the Pole™ is "for show," even though it is in public. To the contrary, one of the stories from a past year was this eyewitness account of a young girl in Massachusetts:
At an elementary school near Boston, a little girl was at her school's flagpole all by herself. After some time, her principal went out to where she was and asked her, "What are you doing?" The girl replied, "I'm here for meet me at the pole." "But there's no one else here, " the principal pointed out. "Oh, no," the girl protested, "I'm here to meet God."The young girl "got it"! Her testimony was that she was praying to meet with God, not "to be seen of men." And yet her prayer was public. It should be pointed out that any public prayer runs the risk of being "for show" or a "display of righteousness" that falls within the condemnation of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus Himself prayed in public. So did the Apostle Paul and others. Any student of God's Word could cite specific references. A careful review of the Scripture would not lead one to the conlcusion that public prayer in and of itself is unbiblical. Would anyone condemn Rick Warren for leading prayer at the inauguration of a president? Or the chaplain of the Senate for opening a session in prayer, even though it may be broadcast on C-SPAN? In the words and context of what Jesus said, does it not seem clear that he is condemning an attitude of the HEART, not prayer in public as a whole? We would be the first to echo that condemnation. We don't believe God would be at all pleased if someone prayed with a proud heart. We encourage all those who participate in See You at the Pole™ to do so in the humility that comes from wisdom (James 1:13b). We also believe God does not want See You at the Pole™ to end with a one-day event, but to be used as a springboard for students to unite together to bless and pray for their school. For more information, please read the answer above to "We don't want this to end! What can we do after See You at the Pole™?"