Anthony Taylor put together two AWESOME videos on how to use Sidekick and Zoom for your online youth ministry!
So thankful for the DYM community as we continue to innovate and come up with exciting ways to reach students!
I LOVE having fun!! Especially with my wife Beth and our kids Sophia and Max.
I am a 7 with a 7 wing 🙂
Favorite things: building things, Children’s Museum, Paddleboarding, Surfing, Fishing, Playing with my kids, Leading.
Least Favorite things: Libraries, paperwork, and socially awkward situations and bad decision.
We’re all learning a lot of new things as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.
Many of us are streaming youth group for the very first time and figuring out what it means to be a digital community!
DYM has had a huge community online for some time on Facebook for youth pastors to share ideas, wins, and struggles.
If you’re still scrambling, join the group and search for the MANY ideas and tips youth pastors are giving out there! Below are just some of the lessons learned and quick tips for those who are going online this week!
Brad Daniel: Watch parties [on Facebook] are good but they can separate from your larger church comments, etc. People who interacted in my watch party didn’t show in the larger church livestream. Just a good learning-that isn’t bad, but strategically it is good to know.
Mandee Winrotte: We’ve never done any sort of ANYTHING online other than audio sermons so we had NO frame of reference on what to be doing. What we learned is to find the person/people in your church who have experience—they’re sometimes not well known for that sort of expertise, but they’re out there.
The person who shot and edited our video is a youth sponsor with an education background. If you didn’t ask him, you wouldn’t know what he was capable of.
Shawn Allen: I learned a standard definition video takes 2 hours to upload to YouTube today…. our plans got botched. We met this morning and recorded. Told people to go to YouTube at 10:30 (our normal time) to watch the message. Didn’t get uploaded til 11:30!
Luke Beard: If you don’t have someone running the camera, make sure everything is in frame. Our preacher kept walking out of the camera frame, and the podium was even partially out of frame. They were trying to get the worship team and the pulpit all in one shot and it didn’t make the most sense. I think next week we either do two cameras or just have someone turn the camera after the sermon is done and then turn it back when the singing starts again, which is after communion and sermon.
Jeff Ross: Prepare ahead of time. We pre recorded everything and posted it on Facebook and YouTube as video premieres. Worked really well. We used songs that were from weeks prior. The only new thing was the intro, sermon, and outro.
Brandon Smith: Even with the best preparation, lag is still a thing.Ervin Liang: Tonight our youth ministry met online for small groups! We used ZOOM! Everyone met together first and then we broke people out into “break out rooms” (what Zoom calls it) so that each small group could meet on their own! It’s a really cool feature and the host has the ability to bring everyone back together and use an “announcement feature” to send messages to each small group! You can also create polls for everyone to answer as well!We got the paid version! $15 a month per host, allows up to 100 people. Only the paid version allows the break out rooms to happen right now. But you can have individual free accounts and just have each small group leader create their own meeting!!
John R Slater: I learned you don’t need pants on to lead worship in an empty room… 😂😂😂
This week many churches are making the tough decision whether to hold services or not — even in the church where I (Josh) serve, we’re making decisions today that determine the plan this weekend and probably our local church gatherings for the next 30 days. With high profile systems like the NBA and many colleges and universities canceling events, there will be enormous pressure to put church gatherings on hiatus as well. While this may be frustrating to some and relieving to others, there’s no doubt among followers of Jesus that gatherings are essential to their faith and walk with God.
So what do you do when you CAN’T gather? For centuries the church was unable to have large-scale gatherings because of persecution. Only in recent times is the regular gathering of the church a reality. So what do we do in the case of a pandemic like this? How do we hold the value of community and “breaking bread” when the very gathering together brings significant risks to our people?
1. Gather together online
There are more powerful tools than ever to help you gather online. I would suggest YouTube.com first. They have the best tools and are built for community, chat, replays and voting. It’s also one of the key places where your students already are, so it makes it easy to point them to your channel and go live at the service time and/or times you normally meet. I think Instagram is a GREAT option as well, potentially even easier, and the “request to join” allows others to appear on screen as well and share or sing or win an online game. You can look into others like Zoom but your students don’t have those apps or tools installed already and it is out of the “digital ecosystem” they frequently use.
2. Keep it fun
Download Youth Ministry is uniquely positioned to help you create a super fun online service. We have thousands of screen games you can use in person or online, as well as tons of social media resources and much more to help you keep it fun as well as meaningful. In a time of fear, isolation and frustration, it’s a great opportunity to have some fun and relief from the tension in a time when everyone is stressed and scared. Remember, DYM isn’t ONLY about having fun, it can certainly be a powerful tool in a time of trial and pressure.
3. Remember this is an incredible opportunity to really pastor
In a time like this, there is also a chance to really pastor students well. Love ones who get sick, care for students who lose someone they love, the fear surrounding it all, creates a GREAT opportunity to reach out and love well! You can still text, call, send messages over social media, and encourage students even when you aren’t in the same room! This is THE time to show up … even in a culture where we can’t necessarily physically show up
Another idea — kinda random I know — but I just bought www.youthgrouplive.com and am thinking about doing an online youth group 5-6 times this weekend: a youth ministry program/service for the whole country. Would that be helpful to you? Let me know in the poll below:
And finally — for what it’s worth — my mom has a pre-existing lung condition and is 72 years old, so I really do take this one in particular very seriously. To speak frankly, she won’t make it if it the virus spreads to her. So if you’re gathering, be safe and smart, and remember to wash your hands and dab your sneezes. It helps her — and all of us.
So welcome to your new role as an online youth pastor — your students live in this space, and God has given us an incredible calling and opportunity even in the face of adversity.
PS: Grab a Hand-washing 101 freebie video here as well.
PSS: We also just recorded a spontaneous podcast on the subject once our church cancelled for this weekend. We planned to talk about youth ministry mission trips but this went sideways, and for the better. It’s a great very open, fluid and raw conversation. Listen now!
We want to do everything we can to save you time to focus on what’s most important in your ministry: the people!
We do that by giving our DYM Members turn-key resources that can be adapted to their unique ministry context quickly and easily.
But we realize that it’s tough to “download” everything you need to do ministry. In fact, you use tools to help you do ministry everyday: presentation tools like ProPresenter to run your programs, word processing and design tools to put together effective promotional materials, communication tools to send those materials out…the list goes on.
What if we told you that DYM has created some tools specifically for youth workers to help you accomplish the very same things even more effectively?
A ProPresenter sidekick with youth ministry games, countdowns and other programming elements INCLUDED…
A tool built for youth workers to create beautiful email newsletters in minutes to share with anyone. With dozens of helpful articles for parents and volunteers INCLUDED…
Usually when something sounds too good to be true, it is.
But this is one of those rare “good AND true” moments.
Enter: DYM GamesTM
Your new creative programming sidekick—allowing you to build and present engaging, reusable and customizable games that are ready in minutes and good for groups of all sizes (from 5 to 5,000). You will have access to a growing digital library of games to customize. And, this is all easily-operated from your computer!
Don’t forget your DYM Gold Membership also includes:
- $20 store credit—EVERY MONTH you get your money back to use on anything you want in the DYM Store…no joke…that’s worth the price of membership right there!
- SIX NEW downloadable resources: a game, a video, a 10-minute video volunteer training, a 20-minute audio mentoring file, curriculum to develop Student Leaders, AND a bonus mystery item.
Become a DYM Gold Yearly Member anytime in the month of January and, in addition to all of the amazing things listed above, you’ll be entered to win one of three INCREDIBLE prizes in our Gold Rush 2017 contest:
1st Prize – A FREE Registration to DYM100. You’ll be the first to be officially registered for this exclusive event. No need to panic about getting one of only 100 spots available—yours will be guaranteed! What is DYM100? Learn more. It’s definitely one youth ministry event you won’t want to miss!
2nd Prize – $250 in DYM Store Credit. Who doesn’t love free money?