So I am on this constant crusade for Instagram to take over Snapchat. I’m not a fan of Snapchat for a myriad of reasons, so I am always trying to push Instagram to the forefront*.
When they added the very weird IGTV service I thought I would try it out and ran daily devotions for a while, but eventually I lost steam and moved on. Mainly because the tools I needed were hard and the devotions took too much time out of my day.
Fast forward to 2019 and I think I have found a solution to making daily devotions for my students, and I think you can do the same. Here is how it works.
You will need to start with some software and camera. I found for ease of use I would just use the front facing camera of my phone and would record in the portrait orientation that IGTV prefers. This lead me to an app called Videoleap. This let me record in portrait mode and export it to be used in IGTV
If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription Premiere Rush works even better, but without that subscription already it isn’t worth the fee.
Pick a daily devotion plan that your students can read. This month we are reading a chapter of Proverbs a day, but your plan can be any type of plan. The ones found within YouVersion’s Bible app are great.
Each day make a 1-3 minute video on something found in that reading.
Upload that video to the platform of your choice.
If you want to skip the editing process and you can always just do it live on the “story” of your choice too, but I have found editing it gives me a chance to fix some light mistakes.
I have been doing this all month, and have found that it takes about 30 minutes to read, come up with a quick take, record, and edit the videos. So it isn’t that taxing on my time and ads a new way to help reinforce what students are reading.
I think the next thing I am going to do is ask students to record their own thoughts. We will see how that goes!
*In so many ways Instagram is what I wish Facebook would be. Pictures of people doing stuff. I don’t follow celebrities so my feed is just my friends showing pictures of their day. The simple fact that you can’t share articles or rant about politics makes it nice for me.
OK, Nate the Minecraft Guru joined me again for another Minecraft Bible Study. This one is focused on the Roman road and how important it is to choose Jesus. Just like you won’t survive your first night in Minecraft without some weapons or at least shelter you can’t survive without Jesus. Check out the video below and be sure to subscribe to get the upcoming videos in the series!
There are 2 big truths about student ministry (or ministry in general for that matter) that I often forget. It isn’t that I mean to forget them, but in the hustle and bustle of the day. In the midst of all the planning and preparing and praying and studying and doing it is sometimes easier to focus on that stuff and sort of get lost in the doing and the actions and forget about what is really going on. So here are 2 big truths that I often forget. (This isn’t an exhaustive list btw)
1) What I am Teaching is a Matter of Life and Death
This whole Christian walk thing isn’t just trying to help them be better people. It isn’t just trying to shape them into their mom and dads ideal teenager. It isn’t to keep them from drinking or sleeping around. It isn’t even to teach them new truths about God just for the sake of teaching them new things. We are dealing not just with some nice ways to live, but with the secrets of life and the keys to kingdom of God. We are dealing with heaven and hell. We are dealing with waking up to who we were really created to be. We are not just “having a lesson.” We are not just “playing a game.” We are supposed to be engaging with God and any time we come in contact with God we come away changed.
I find myself to often forgetting this.
When I forget this I get interested in making a fun lesson that will keep people from being bored, and while that is good it isn’t good if that is my focus and teaching the word of God.
When I forget this I get excited about a lesson that “goes well” and don’t worry about whether or not students’ lives are actually being changed.
We are dealing with so much more than what they are teaching at school. We are dealing with so much more than their future as maybe someone who gets a scholarship or someone who has a career one day. We are dealing with eternity and I too often forget that.
2) It Isn’t My Responsibility to Change Lives. I Just Present Truth
When I start thinking about this whole “this is vitally important” thing I can get a little overwhelmed and worried and frankly a little afraid. So it is important for me to remember too that it isn’t about me or what I can do. It is about the power of the Word of God and the Word of God can speak for itself.
I believe that if I present the truths from scripture that God can use those truths to change lives.
I believe that, but I too often forget it and I start acting like I am the one who is doing the changing and I work too hard and get too worked up with in the end the real power is God’s and I am simply His servant.