SYNC Ministries, a subset of FuZion Videos, seeks to bring the truth of the Bible to teens’ phones and tablets. This program is an interactive Sunday School curriculum with biblically centered videos, daily devotional plans, earnable prizes and ranks, discussion forums, social media collaboration, and more all designed for mobile devices and computers with optional printable material.
The SYNC program emphasizes exciting, thought-provoking videos and an interactive app as tools for Biblical teaching. We offer recommended social media posts so the teacher can interact with his or her students throughout the week through social media networks. These tools do not replace the message of the Gospel and Biblical truth but engage the students with its teaching.
Every SYNC lesson is designed to initiate questions and discussions. The number one reason for youth leaving the church is “The church didn’t answer my questions.” But many students do not voice the questions and confusions on their hearts. SYNC seeks to help initiate those difficult, but much needed discussions. This leaves a lot on the teacher to be prepared to answer questions. We know you can do it.
Every lesson comes with discussion provoking video(s) to engage the class from the start. A variety of video formats and styles are used to keep the class’ engagement every time you meet. These videos vary from modern renditions of biblical allegories to interviews with experts in theological fields.
Customizable Lesson Plan
Traditional lesson plans are static and determined by the material producer. At times this can be good, but there are times when one may want to change the order of lessons or even pull a completely different topic into the series. For example a tragic accident may have happened in the youth group, in which case it would be good to switch to a lesson on “Is God Still Loving when Things Go Wrong?” To help the youth see God’s love even in the hard times.
Some teachers may be afraid of using technology, so SYNC developed a substitute/assistant position that a student can fill to help the teacher with the technology. The assistant cannot see any private messages or respond as a teacher but can manage some backend settings. The substitute can come in and teach the class and have access to the backend settings.
Social Media Suggestions
Today’s youth are on social media seemingly constantly. The social media suggestions are designed to remind the students of the week’s lesson, upcoming lesson, and extra learning materials.
Every student is given a rank based on their devotional “score.” Every time they have a devotion and complete the quiz, they earn points. As they earn more points, they rank up. The ranks are based on Roman military ranks from the time of Christ.
Consistency in devotions can be difficult, so SYNC developed achievements. Since Christians are in the Lord’s Army, the achievements are designed as weapons for our spiritual warfare. It can be discouraging when one forgets or “fails” in their devotions, so the achievements are designed to encourage the students to start back up and continue if they miss a day. Varying levels of achievements can be earned based on consistency. Earnable achievements consist of weekly prizes (copper sword (3 devotions a week), bronze sword (4 devotions a week), iron sword (5 devotions a week), and steel sword (perfect 7 devotions in a week)), series prizes, specialty prizes, and many more. If one misses a devotion, they can go back and view previous day’s devotions but only earn achievements for the current and previous day’s devotions.
Daily Devotionals and Quizzes
Over 70% of surveyed youth said they would be more likely to have their devotions if it was synced with their Sunday school material on an app. SYNC believes every Christian should be in the Bible daily. In today’s modern, fast-paced life, it is easy to put daily devotions aside, so we created a 7 day devotional set for each week’s lesson. They are strategically designed to incorporate the week’s lesson into their daily lives, remind them what they’ve learned, and prepare them for the next week’s lessons. Each devotional comes with a short quiz to help them check their comprehension.
It is always beneficial to know where your students stand on the topic you are teaching, so we’ve added a devotional monitor to the app. The teacher cannot see who has done their devotions, but they can monitor the percentage of completed devotionals from the registered students. This gives powerful insight into the starting knowledge of the students and what to teaches.
Class Discussion forums
When questions come up through the week from the student devotions or from life in general, the students can ask questions to the teacher or the rest of the class straight through the app. This encourages students to engage with fellow Christians daily and ask questions instead of sitting on their questions then feeling their questions are ignored by the church. Sometimes questions that “good Christians don’t have” come up, and the student may be embarrassed to ask. SYNC set up the forums to make it easier for those questions to be asked by adding an “anonymous” question setting to protect the student.
The pricing for SYNC Ministries program varies per size of the church.
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