How do we continue to care for the spiritual well-being of students in the time of crisis and pandemic?
Our lives have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re stuck at home and trying to create a new routine. We miss our friends, and crave a sense of normalcy. But God is still with us.
Before sending out his disciples at the end of his earthly ministry, Jesus said “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20.
We’ve grown accustomed to discipleship and Bible Study happening in a certain way: a small group together circled up in the same room, physically together. However, that’s not the only way to disciple teenagers. Discipleship has evolved and changed over the last 2,000 years and we’re now in an era where we need to adapt and change again.
Thanks to the gift of technology, discipleship can happen even when we are physically separated. There are a variety of online platforms you can use to run virtual Bible Studies. If your students have limited access to technology and the Internet, get creative. You can email Bible Studies to the students, or to the parents if the students don’t have email.
No Internet at all? Consider sending snail mail and include a handwritten note on the Bible Study print out or drop it off on their front porch!
We’ve created a 6 week Bible Study series specifically to be used in the home. It’s written to be used as a group online. However, we know that many have students with limited technology options, so we’ve made the Bible Study lessons editable, and you can easily adapt them to meet your students’ needs. Many students are now doing online learning for school, so we didn’t write these Bible Studies with you talking the whole time, instead they are written to engage your students in thought, conversation, reflection, and action.
Online Platform options:
Helpful tips for an engaging Bible Study online:
Let us know how you used these Bible Studies and the creative ways your students engaged the Challenges in the comments below!
Update: *Find Chapters 4-6 of this 6-week series here.
Thank you to the contributors to Chapters 1-3 of this 6 week Bible study:
We’ve created a Pandemic Youth Week curriculum bundle that combines elements of both a summer camp and a youth week. Many youth are missing out on both of these due to cancelled camps and trips among other cancelled important events your youth would usually attend. We’ve written this curriculum such that it can be used in person while socially distancing, online, or some combination of both.
Holy Week is an important time in the Church. While we can’t be with our youth and families in person right now, we can still resource them on their personal spiritual journeys as we all journey toward the Cross this Easter. We’ve provided a Palm Sunday lesson for you and 6 daily devotionals you can send your students Monday - Saturday of Holy Week.
We are hearing from numerous youth ministers that during this season their plate is just too full. Caring for others is a ministry staple, but often it comes at the expense of caring for oneself. Self care for the Youth MInister is so important. If you don’t take time for yourself and your own relationship with God, not only will you suffer, but eventually your students will too.