In this episode, Ben, John Paul, and Julie talk about how to avoid virtual fatigue and maximize your digital teaching times. Students spend a large amount of time in a digital environment and can be digitally fatigued when they arrive for your teaching time. This episode will give you practical examples of how to avoid this.
Show Notes and Quotes:
By the time students get to your meeting time, they have spent all day in a virtual environment and are already tired. Taking a few steps to help students with virtual fatigue can go a long way.
As a leader, it is your responsibility to cast vision about what is most important. Small group time is essential and it looks different and feels different in this moment, but it is essential to spiritual growth.
Moments like this should drive us to pray with specificity for students by name. You know which students are still attending in a digital environment and which ones are not because of this situation. This is an opportunity for us to pray for those students by name and seek them out.
About Ben Trueblood
Ben serves as the Director of Student Ministry for Lifeway Christian Resources and has twenty years of student ministry experience, fourteen of which were spent in the local church as a student pastor. In addition to his role at Lifeway, Ben is involved in training, consulting, and speaking to student ministries throughout the U.S. He is driven by a desire for student ministries to expand God’s Kingdom, to see the lives of students transformed by the gospel, and to produce students who shape the culture in which they live. Ben and his wife Kristen have four young children. In his free time Ben enjoys family, fishing, hunting, and the St. Louis Cardinals. You can follow Ben on Twitter at: @bentrueblood.
About John Paul Basham
John Paul serves as the Manager of Lifeway Student Ministry Publishing. He served in the local church for 10 years before coming on staff at Lifeway and has a deep passion for the work of the church and its mission to make disciples. He is married to Crystal Basham and has four children, Levi, Titus, Deacon, and Chapel. You can follow John Paul on Twitter at: @Johnpaulbasham.
About Julie Plunk
Julie Plunk serves as an Event Coordinator for FUGE Camps with Lifeway Student Ministry. She has been involved in student camp ministry for 12 years, as well as volunteering in her local church. Julie has a passion for empowering and discipling young people, helping them to further the Kingdom of Christ throughout the world. She is married to Brady and has two children, Anderson and Lucy. Julie enjoys playing with her kids, date-night, running, and the Clemson Tigers. You can follow Julie on Instagram @jraeplunk.