Let’s all be honest with ourselves for just a second. Life is difficult right now. Granted, as Christians, we are never promised an easy walk through life, and we trust God’s plans are higher than our own. But, right now just seems a little more difficult for most people. Praise God we don’t rely on ourselves for comfort and joy, because it would have run out around Mid-March for many.
Now, consider how your students feel. They are tired of digital meetings. Burnout is something all students and youth workers experience at some point, and right now seems like the perfect piv- ot point where BOTH you AND your students feel the same sense of burnout. Because of this, you have probably seen a decline in attendance as the weeks of quarantine and isolation have gone on.
This burnout shows up in a lot of places, but I bet for you, it is showing up in attendance for your digital gatherings. You have likely gotten frustrated and begun to question yourself and your ability when a meeting ends up with low attendance. Tell me if this sounds familiar:
You spend 5+ hours from Thursday to Wednesday preparing for your sermon; you spend another hour or so on social media promoting your gathering, encouraging students to join, and watching as your students post picture after picture saying “I’m bored” and “I need something to do.” You think to yourself, “oh, this is perfect, they have nothing going on!” But once it’s time for your digital gathering to begin... wait for it... You have 4 out of your 27 students join...
An experience like this can be so incredibly deflating. All that time, effort, and hope, and only a small percentage of your students join. You know for a fact the students that aren’t joining can’t have the typical excuse like sports, homework, tests, etc. So, you begin to blame yourself and start asking God, “why?”
This free downloadable guide will provide a few encouragements to help you overcome the frustration and disappointment of a low-attendance digital gathering, along with a few tips on how you can add additional students to your digital gatherings.