This week Campus Renewal Ministries released its first app. Pray UT is a 31-day prayer guide for the University of Texas. It is written by 31 different college pastors who serve the University of Texas. Each day includes three components.
- A scripture with two prayers for UT from that scripture.
- A campus ministry spotlight and prayers for that campus ministry.
- A “people group” spotlight and a prayers for that part of the UT campus.
Here’s what we hope God will do with the app.
More Prayer For UT
It goes without saying that the main purpose of the app is to generate more prayer for UT. God always accomplishes his work through prayer. We’re fighting a spiritual battle as we labor together at the University of Texas, so prayer is the most important thing we can do. We hope that UT students, UT alumni, parents of UT students, believers in Austin, and ministry partners will use the app to pray for UT.
Ministry Partners Prayer
We especially hope that Pray UT will help all of the ministry partners who give to UT campus ministries better pray for UT. Campus ministers at UT have hundreds of ministry partners who give generously and pray faithfully for God’s work at UT. Pray UT will better enable them to pray informed prayers for our campus.
Further Partnership at UT
When 31 campus ministries collaborate on something so tangible, it gives an increased sense of unity and solidarity. This is the secret agenda of Pray UT: To advance the movement of united prayer and mission. It strengthens relationships between campus ministries. Pray UT is a tangible way to work together.
Spotlight Campus Ministries at UT
Pray UT spotlights one ministry each day. Each ministry spotlight has a direct links to that ministry’s website. Pray UT will highlight ministries to others using the app. One campus minister wrote me this following note in a an email today. “I love the way the app looks, Justin. Great work!! It makes us all look good, and I just want to say thanks.”
Template For Other Campuses
We created Pray UT so that other campuses could do the same. Our fantastic designer (Joel Skotak) and developer (Erick Nelson) have done the hard work creating the prayer guide and app. Now other campuses can use the simple template we’ve created and have their own prayer app. If the template is used, Joel and Erick will not have “recreate the wheel” to get other Pray [Insert Campus] apps developed. UT Knoxville is already using the template to create “Pray UTK” (sorry we beat you guys to the Pray UT name).
Justin Christopher is the national campus director for Campus Renewal Ministries and the author of Campus Renewal: A Practical Plan for Uniting Campus Ministries in Prayer and Mission. He facilitates CRM’s Partnering Campus Project and also gives leadership to the Campus House of Prayer and the missional community movement at the University of Texas.