83. Pondering the Place of Programs in Post-COVID Youth Ministry

83. Pondering the Place of Programs in Post-COVID Youth Ministry

Show notes

One of the most common concerns voiced by youth workers through the COVID crisis is a major drop in "attendance" as programming moved to online venues. The question that is commonly asked is, "what do I do when students don't show up?" However, we think the question we really need to ask is, "Why are we expecting them to show up to our online programs?" In this episode we share what we've learned about youth ministry programming through this crisis and what it could mean moving forward.


  • 00:00... Intro
  • 01:00... A challenge to move forward from a blend of Scripture and video games
  • 05:03... Kingdom expansion through adversity
  • 07:00... What we've discovered about programming through the COVID crisis
    • 07:26... The value of great youth ministry progamming
    • 09:24... Limitations of programming as we have done them
    • 12:16... Maybe we've depended on programming more than we realize
  • 13:23... How these lessons could change youth ministry moving forward
    • 13:54... Re-emphasis on the ministry of presence
    • 14:32... Searching for a new "front door" and ramping up your online presence
  • 17:38... Questions for you as you ponder the place of programs in your ministry
  • 18:53... Big news to share and a big "thank you!"


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Brian Biedenbach

Brian Biedenbach

Brian is the Director of Leader Development for Youth For Christ of Northern Indiana. He is a 20 year youth ministry veteran who is passionate about developing leaders for greater Kingdom impact.

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