5 Benefits of Utilizing the Pray for Me Campaign

We recently partnered with Youth Ministry 360 to publish a few blogs for their website. We want to share them with you! Read below Andy Blanks' follow up to The Pray for Me Campaign is the Secret Sauce of Intergenerational Ministry.


Recently I wrote a post about the Pray for Me Campaign being the secret sauce of Intergenerational Ministry. In that post, I wrote about the combination of three ingredients that set the stage for life-giving intergenerational relationships. I would like to follow up with a focus on...

FIVE BENEFITS THAT FLOW DIRECTLY FROM THE IMPLEMENTING OF THE PRAY FOR ME CAMPAIGN.

1. Every student is connected.

Students gain a growing network of adults from every generation who love and support them beginning with prayer. The Pray for Me Campaign is set up so that every year students invite three adults from three different generations to be their "Prayer Champions" for the school year. Each year the students invite three new adults to be their Prayer Champions which means that a 6th grader who is involved with the PFMC could have 21 different adults who have prayed for them in a significant way during their middle and high school years.

2. Parents are encouraged.

As a parent, I am so encouraged when I see adult friends begin to invest in my children. I feel the layers of God’s goodness that are being extended to my children through the love and care of these other adults. Being connected with youth ministry for a long time I realize that not every parent has a network of adults who are investing in their children. But, I also believe that there should never be a parent in the church that feels alone in helping their child flourish in following Christ. I know that is a bold statement, but the Pray for Me Campaign makes this type of beautiful adult investment available to every family in the church.

3. Volunteer involvement increases.

I’ve met very few youth leaders who say they have enough support for the ministry. Because of the design of the PFMC most youth ministries increase the number of adults who are involved in the ministry by 1,500%. No, that isn’t a typo. Let’s do the math . . . Let’s take a ministry that has ten students and two leaders. Those 10 students will invite three adults from different generations to be their "Prayer Champions," which equals 30 adults who are serving as new volunteers in the ministry. Since we started with two leaders, every time we add two more leaders that is a 100% increase, which means adding 30 new leaders is a 1,500% increase in volunteer involvement. I know you may be thinking that these “new” volunteers don’t help me with my need for hands-on volunteers. Let me encourage you not to be too short-sighted here. People always move toward what they care about and now you have 30 adults who are specifically praying for the students in your care. Prayer is one of the primary ways God enlarges our hearts towards the things He cares about.

4. The community in the church is strengthened.

What if there was a way to naturally connect adults from different age groups in a missional way? One of the incredible aspects of the Pray for Me Campaign is how it naturally creates intergenerational relationships for everyone involved. Of course, every teenager gets relationships with three adults from different generations, that is covered in the first benefit. There are actually six relational connections that are created every time a student invites their prayer champions for the year. The student with the three Prayer Champions but also the Prayer Champions with each other. The Prayer Champion connections are vital because many of these adults either don’t know each other before entering into the PFMC or it is a general knowledge from a distance. I could see churches capitalizing on this one aspect of the PFMC to create a greater community all throughout the church.

5. Adults’ prayer lives are deepened Let’s face it, many of our prayer lives need a boost.

One of the side benefits of the PFMC is that adults who say yes to being a Prayer Champion for a student find their prayer lives getting a positive jolt. I think this takes place for a couple of reasons. First, being specifically invited to pray for a specific student ignites our motivation to pray. There is something powerful that takes place when a student looks you in the eye and asks, “Will you pray for me?” Secondly, the Prayer Guide makes it very easy to stay on track praying scripture for the student through the 7 Essential categories. It is natural for a Prayer Champion to begin adding more and more people to their prayer times including their own children or grandchildren. This handful of benefits are incredible and yet they don’t even touch the incalculable supernatural benefits of having every young person in the church have three adults who are interceding for them regularly.


Andy Blanks is the co-founder and Publisher for ym360. If it’s a blog post, resource, or workshop, Andy had his hands on it. Andy has been designing Bible study and discipleship resources for youth ministers since 2003. He lives in Birmingham, AL with his wonderful wife Brendt, their three daughters, and one son. He’s a pretty big fan of both the Boston Red Sox and anything involving the Auburn Tigers. When he’s not hanging out with his family or volunteering at his church’s youth ministry, you can find Andy trail running or mountain biking. Follow Andy on Instagram: andy_blanks

The Pray for Me Campaign is the Secret Sauce of Intergenerational Ministry.

We recently partnered with Youth Ministry 360 to publish a few blogs for their website. We want to share them with you! Read below what Andy Blanks had to say about the Pray for Me Campaign. 


The Pray for Me Campaign is the Secret Sauce of Intergenerational Ministry!

When I first heard about the Pray for Me Campaign, I was intrigued by both the simplicity and the power of the idea of connecting generations through prayer. Actually, there are several simple key ingredients that, when combined in just the right way, makes a compelling intergenerational ministry “secret sauce.” A church that embraces intergenerational ministry is a healthy church. Plain and simple. It’s vital that churches have a clear concept for helping spiritually invest in the next generation.

Here is how the basic premise of the Pray for Me Campaign works: students are equipped to invite three adults from three different generations to be their Prayer Champions for a school year. The Prayer Champions, in turn, use the Pray for Me Campaign Prayer Guide, which helps them pray Scripture over students through 7 Essential categories.

HERE ARE THE 3 INGREDIENTS WHICH MAKE THE PRAY FOR ME CAMPAIGN SUCH A POWERFUL RESOURCE:

Ingredient number 1 is Prayer.

The Pray for Me Campaign is centered on prayer. Prayer makes the opportunity for investing in the next generation accessible to every believing adult in the Church. Don’t let the simplicity of this ingredient fool you. Adults who would most likely never become youth leaders or mentors for a student because it feels too daunting are willing to step up and pray. In fact, there are over 16,000 adults from 230 churches in 34 states who have stepped up and said yes to being Prayer Champions for the next generation. The simplicity of starting with prayer makes investing in students accessible to the entire church in an exponential way.

Ingredient number 2 is the Invitation.

Students are equipped to invite three adults from three different generations to be their Prayer Champions. This invitation takes place at what is called “The Pray for Me Campaign Launch Event.” At this event, there will be adults from every generation who are willing to be Prayer Champions for the students. It is at this launch event that the students invite one adult from each generation to be their personal Prayer Champions for the school year. Something supernatural seems to take place when students make this invitation. It is as if an invisible relational bridge is built between the student and the adult through this simple act of inviting. Once this relational bridge is built, it makes it easy for the adult to cross that bridge during the year when they see each other at church. There is something powerful that takes place when a student looks into the eyes of an adult and asks, “Will you pray for me?”

Ingredient number 3 is Praying Scripture.

I love this ingredient. Praying Scripture is such a powerful way to pray and the Pray for Me Campaign has a Prayer Guide that makes it easy for adults to pray scripture for students specifically through the lens of what Tony Souder calls the 7 Essentials. The 7 Essentials are categories that come from two passages of Scripture, Luke 2:52 (wisdom and favor) and 1 Timothy 4:12(speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity). Praying for students through the lens of the 7 Essentials allows me to make sure I am praying for things that will nurture and sustain them throughout their lives. As a Prayer Champion, I can get prayer requests from my student but even if they never tell me what to pray for I have a track to run on.

If you have been trying to figure out a natural way to bridge the gap between generations, I would urge you to check out the Pray for Me Campaign at prayformecampaign.com


Andy Blanks is the co-founder and Publisher for ym360. If it’s a blog post, resource, or workshop, Andy had his hands on it. Andy has been designing Bible study and discipleship resources for youth ministers since 2003. He lives in Birmingham, AL with his wonderful wife Brendt, their three daughters, and one son. He’s a pretty big fan of both the Boston Red Sox and anything involving the Auburn Tigers. When he’s not hanging out with his family or volunteering at his church’s youth ministry, you can find Andy trail running or mountain biking. Follow Andy on Instagram: andy_blanks

God's goodness to a twenty-six year old.

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I moved to Chattanooga on a Saturday in July. Starting over as a twenty-six year old in a new city quickly became overwhelming. I was in Chattanooga for less than twenty-four hours when I walked into the doors of North Shore Fellowship. A kind smile greeted me and asked if I wanted to sign up for the Pray for Me Campaign. I said “Yes!” without knowing what it was, but assuming it would be a good way to get involved in my new church. 

A month after saying “yes” to participate in the Pray for Me Campaign, launch Sunday happened. I stood in a pew among other adults from three different generations as the youth of our church lined the perimeter. It was a wonderful sight to see, youth from eleven to eighteen asking adults to pray for them. Then it was my turn. A bright-eyed, blonde haired sixth grader walked up to me followed by a woman in her late thirties, Melissa, and one in her early sixties, Suzanne. Summer said, “Will you pray for me?” The answer was a resounding “Yes!” and the four of us found a little corner of the church, had a seat and got to know each other a little bit. After the initial introductions Summer shared with us how we could be praying for her. Summer spoke of the nerves that come with being in a new grade with a new routine and lockers, making new friends and auditioning for school plays. She shared her excitement for a trip to Disney over Thanksgiving and we talked at length about our mutual love for Old Navy. As I have prayed for Summer using the Pray for Me Prayer Guide my heart has been fed and nourished. 

That Sunday in August, I didn’t know just what saying “yes” to being involved in the Pray for Me Campaign would mean for me. I mentioned that moving to a new city was overwhelming. In the middle of a crazy transition where I felt the weight of change and instability, God gave me something to steady me. Friendship. We met because we all recognize the beauty in the church rallying around the next generation and see prayer as a starting place for that to happen. Summer is being prayed for by three women; however, she is not the only one benefiting from the Pray for Me Campaign

I have made two friends who are older than me, wiser than me and in different stages of life than me. Suzanne and Melissa encourage me. They have come into my life and let me into theirs and I have felt swollen with an awareness of God’s goodness to me. We share meals together and talk about life. Suzanne has even introduced me to new friends my own age. Last month she had a group of twenty-somethings in her home for dinner, Melissa joined and we laughed and enjoyed each other. Just this week we met for breakfast to celebrate the Christmas season. I have these friendships because God was kind to draw me into this thing called the Pray for Me Campaign. 


I have been in Chattanooga for six months and now work here at the Pray for Me Campaign. Although I now work here, I bought into its goodness before I was ever hired. I learned from being involved in the Pray for Me Campaign that it bridges the gap between generations in a beautifully organic way. The older generations in our churches really want to love our youth and young people well but don’t always know how to do that. And our youth and young people don’t always know that they need friendships with the older generations until they have them. The Pray for Me Campaign is a practical way to answer this disconnection. 

This is my hope for Summer and the entirety of the next generation— I hope that they have beautiful friendships with people who are ten, twenty, thirty, forty, even fifty years older than them. Friendships that are full of encouragement, wisdom, and awe. Friendship that will encourage them, reminding them of the one constant— Christ, his gospel and his goodness to his people. 

Even today God’s sovereign plan continues to intertwine and weave and dip as he draws us further into relationship with each other, communion with him and one day closer to his return. I am abundantly grateful that plan included the Pray for Me Campaign and the friends I have made because of it.