INDIANA CHOG YOUTH LEADERS
Hey Indiana Youth Leader, 

It’s been a long couple of weeks. It feels like we’ve been doing this social distancing thing for months now and we still have a long way to go. Our world has been turned upside down and the way we have done youth ministry isn’t even an option right now. We’ve been forced to innovate and try new things. And I’m sure some of you have gone back to the drawing board again and again. 

The ISYM Team wants you to know that we see you and we are with you. Everyone is in the same boat. No youth leader, full time, part time, or volunteer, has ever done youth ministry during a stay-at-home order. So it’s okay that you don’t have it all figured out. None of us do. 

We wanted to reach out and help in any way we can. There are some free resources that have been helpful for us listed below! If you have resources that have been helpful to you, I encourage you to share them with others on our Indiana CHOG Youth Leader Facebook Group HERE .

In addition, we have a couple of zoom calls coming up just for Indiana Youth Leaders that we encourage you to join:

IYC 2020 Information Meeting - Wednesday, April 1st from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (EST) This is a Q&A call with IYC Director Adam Rentas. He will be answering questions you have regarding IYC 2020 this summer in Orlando. This is a call just for Indiana Youth Leaders and you can click this link to join the call: https://zoom.us/j/697908955 .

Indiana Youth Leader Prayer Huddle - Wednesday, April 8th from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (EST) Our hearts are heavy for you. So we wanted to create a space to be able to pray for each other. Youth Leaders gathered to pray for each other and our students just seems like something we should be doing. So let's do it! Click this link to join the call: https://zoom.us/j/800495351 .

Let me encourage you with a word that our team reflected on last week. 
It’s from Moses to the Israelites during a major transition in their lifetime: 

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” ‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭31:6‬ ‭

Anchor your soul in that promise. The Lord is already at the end of this and He will neither fail you nor abandon you! That is good news. 

If you need anything during this time please reach out to one of us on the ISYM Team. We’re cheering for you! 

The ISYM Team: 

Zach Shaner (Goshen, IN): zach@lifepointgoshen.org   
Rondale Broome (Anderson, IN): rbroome@madisonparkchurch.org   
Zach Chapman (Indianapolis, IN): zchapman@golove.org   
Stephanie Collins (Anderson, IN): scollins@madisonparkchurch.org
Teri Downey (Anderson, IN): tdowney@eschog.org   
Michael Hall (Columbia City, IN): maklhall@gmail.com   
Crystal Snyder (Anderson, IN) csnyder@indianaministries.org   
   
Here are the details for the IYC Info Call on Wednesday:

Topic: INDIANA - IYC Info Call
Time: Apr 1, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
 
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Meeting ID: 697 908 955
 
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Here are the details for the Indiana Youth Leader Prayer Huddle next Wednesday:

Topic: Indiana Youth Leaders Prayer Huddle
Time: Apr 8, 2020 08:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 800 495 351

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How do I meet online? 

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HELPFUL ARTICLES:

HOW TO TALK ABOUT COVID-19: As teachers and communicators, we know the power of words. We’ve got a great FREE resource for you written by a team of scientists and community psychologists. In a time of crisis, it's more important than ever to be intentional about the language we use to provide hope, articulate urgency, and bring people together. Click here to read a short guide on how to talk about COVID-19 in a way that inspires empathy, understanding, clarity, and good decision-making.

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