8 Tips To Lead Student Ministry During COVID-19
We are currently living in unprecedented times. Schools, arenas, & even Churches are being asked to close in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 better known as the Coronavirus.
This definitely creates challenges but also creates so much opportunity.
We get to teach students that Church isn’t something you go to, but something you become.
Here are a few ways to BE THE CHURCH, & lead students during the challenges of Coronavirus.
TIP 1 | TEACH STUDENTS WHAT THE CHURCH REALLY MEANS
How many times have we told students:
“Church isn’t the building, it’s the people.”
Now we actually get to LIVE THAT.
Acts 2:46-47 | “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread daily in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all people.”
The Church isn’t a monument, it’s a movement.
Buildings can’t contain it, a virus won’t stop it.
TIP 2 | CREATE ONLINE CONTENT
Generation Z is a generation of “Digital Natives” & the most connected generation of all history.
MEET THEM WHERE THEY ARE.
2. Instagram Live + IGTV
Through technology, we have an incredible opportunity to produce content to help teach & disciple our students in the word of God.
Get with your media team, and let’s bring the word of God into cellphones, iPads, living rooms, & TV’s.
TIP 3 | USE TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE COMMUNITY
2. Group Chats
3. Zoom Group Calls
Find every way possible to STAY CONNECTED.
In these times it’s easy to isolate, get bored, & feel alone. Allow students to know that during this time, no one has to be alone.
Not only can we go through this together, but we can also actually use this to GROW TOGETHER.
TIP 4 | TEACH STUDENTS THE INVALUABLE LESSON OF HOW TO NAVIGATE CRISIS
This will not be the last crisis these students every experience. If they can learn how to deal with THIS, they can go through anything.
“What do you do when things go wrong?”
“What do you do when you’re anxious?”
Help them answer these questions.
During this time teach them to have: caution + confidence in God.
Psalms 55:22 | “Cast your cares on the Lord, & he will sustain you. He will never let the righteous fall.”
TIP 5 | BECOME A PRESENCE OF HOPE
The Rabbi Edwin Friedman had this idea of being a “non-anxious presence” …a person or place that gave calm, peace, and hope. A “safe” space.
As Pastors, Leaders, & followers of Jesus, we get to do that. And we even get to become evangelists to the world through the hope we offer.
In your small groups: give hope.
On your social media: give hope.
In conversations: give hope.
Remind people that Jesus is hope.
TIP 6 | USE MEMES
In our generation, one of our defense mechanisms is that we laugh so we don’t cry… lol.
Here’s why you should use memes:
1. They’re funny.
2. They help us calm down.
3. They bring us closer together.
4. Laughing is good for the soul.
5. It reminds students you’re human.
So use memes and send me (@jonathanarivera) a few. 😎
TIP 7 | BECAUSE YOUR MINISTRY IS VIRTUAL YOU CAN BECOME MORE EVANGELISTIC
Students are afraid to go to a physical Church building or sometimes can’t come for x or y reasons.
But Church has NEVER been easier to connect with.
1. Tell students to invite friends to a small group.
2. Tell students to add friends to group chats.
3. Create graphics & give them to students to post.
4. Make yourself available to people who need prayer or advice in your DM’s.
5. Empower students to show the love of Jesus to their friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY.
TIP 8 | USE RESOURCES
There are so many amazing resources out there available to Youth Pastors & Leaders. Here’s just a few:
- Create Group Reading Plans
- Tons of Devotionals
- On Youtube
- Tons of Videos About Hundreds of Topics
- Amazing Free Small Group Curriculum For YP’s
- Completely Gen Z Focused
- Free Sermon Series Packages & Social Media Content