- Why Sync with God?
- Infographic: About Sync with God
- Infographic: Invest in the Next Generation
- Video Links
- Personal Background
Filipe, a Millennial in a Sync pilot group, expressed, "I felt more freedom and connection online than in person. Talking online is much more convenient and effective for me."
Do you know someone like Filipe, with his preferred mode of connecting? You can make virtual small groups the next Christian venue for you and the young people you are mentoring. This is what's next in Christian discipleship: http://bit.ly/sync_ebook
“Hi John, how about joining a few of my friends to study God’s word together in a virtual small group?
On your digital device, you answer questions after watching videos (Millennial and Gen. Z real-life stories)
and studying God’s word. You can enter thoughts in a personal journal.”
Before Tuesday’s weekly virtual small group, Joe clicks his Sync app icon, logs in,
and enters a secure video room to meet with his small group. He sees everyone on his screen.
Andrew asks, “What did you apply from last week’s lesson?”
Three days later. . .
John needs prayer support because of a work crisis.
He opens his app and finds Andrew available—he prays for John. They both leave encouraged.
During the week, Andrew talks to his work associate, Gary: “We’re studying how to forgive one another.
We discuss real-life issues in a virtual small group. I know you’ve been struggling to forgive your wife.
Would you like to join our small group this coming Tues. night accessed directly from your smartphone?”
Why Sync with God?
Connectivity is essential! We need connectivity to get our work done, to interact with key people, to use GPS or stream Netflix. Connecting to God is essential to your personal ministry and that of your staff. Sync with God’s timely development will resolve connectivity issues related to your personal Christian outreach. I’d like to share how Sync came about and its potential impact for Christ’s Kingdom when you partner with us.
For years Sync’s founders had been sharing Christ through face-to-face interactions, with great results! They were finding, though, that actual conversations with today’s young people seemed awkward or were cut-off abruptly. The iPhone generation can come across detached or even standoffish. These outgoing Christian guys (founders of Sync) soon found out that churches all over the United States were grappling with how to bridge the connection gap with young people. Through talking to their own kids and reading up on it, they concluded that a web app that allows for hosting online small groups would solve the dilemma! Yes, this strategy has huge potential for the church overall!
Research indicates that 64% of the world’s populations are either Millennials (19-39 years-old) or Generation Z (born since 2001) according to Bloomberg (2018). More astounding, only 1 in 5 people of these generations identify themselves as being a Christian; with 34% identifying as atheist (PEW Research). These emerging generations have become the most interconnected population of the century — wanting more transparency, stability and virtual connection than any other previous generation.
By conducting extensive online software research, Sync quickly learned that no all-in-one app existed and began constructing an integrated platform that includes video chat, screen share, text chat, journaling, file storage, monitoring capability, and modules that can be led by passionate and influential mentors. The software is the segue to get young people engaged, as well as the means for well-ordered instruction. Sync’s objective is to provide opportunities for Christ-followers to strengthen relationships with seekers in a supportive and safe virtual small group environment. Everyone can freely exchange ideas, learn, study, pray and apply God’s word together from anywhere with Internet access, at any time.
Imagine doing ministry and discipleship in secure, encrypted, private, virtual small groups in China and other countries where Christians are arrested if they gather together! Two-thirds are young people!
The Sync app is only months from completion, but we need your support to unveil this leading-edge program to a wider audience. The initiative has reached phase 3 of funding and development, during which screen sharing, video chat, texting and journaling will be fully incorporated. Only 6 weeks of programming work is required at a cost of $30,000!
Take a sneak peek and view Sync’s concept walk-through video at http://bit.ly/sync_walkthru4, and view the Sync app live at www.syncwithgod.com (username: abc123 & password: abc123). Click “Lessons” tab and view (5) Sync pilot lessons, along with videos.
- Walkthrough: http://bit.ly/sync_walkthru4
- Sync with God Website: http://www.syncwithgod.com/
- Give Online at: https://www.givesendgo.com/SyncWithGodApp/
Infographic: About Sync with God
Infographic: Invest in the Next Generation
- Sync with God Promotional: http://bit.ly/syncdemo3
- Testimony of Millennial Who Nearly Committed Suicide: https://vimeo.com/159987230
- Millennials Sharing the Need for Mobile Delivery: Part 1: https://vimeo.com/242167570
- Reconciliation Story Facilitated by Technology: Part 2: http://bit.ly/syncdemo2
- Need for Community and Mentoring: Part 1: https://vimeo.com/111639593
- Demonstration of Virtual Small Group Experience: Part 2: https://vimeo.com/159831869
- Sync Testimonials from Ministry Leaders and Millennials: https://vimeo.com/159831774
Two videos in www.syncwithgod.com related to mentoring:
- Interview with Elise, the "serial mentor"
- Play the Sync Mentoring Challenge Game http://www.syncwithgod.com/research_site/00001_01_2.html
Sync with God Pilot Testimonials
Testimonial from Tim Dykes, leading a Sync pilot group in Kansas City:
It was a privilege to be a part of leading our small group to pilot Sync with God. This tool will help Christians connect with one another across the world. The concept to help believers grow in their faith through this new technology is unprecedented. Churches, small group leaders, missionaries, youth ministries, college ministries and other faith-based organizations should use this product for discipleship efforts. Our small group used this technology through video conferencing, chat groups, personal journaling, lesson plans and video uploads. This tool will make a huge impact to further Gods work across the globe.
Testimonial from Cynthia, leading a Sync pilot group in Chennai, India:
I lead small groups and work with a few ladies on one-to-one basis each week. I have found it challenging to bring young people together on one platform. When I was asked to test this new app, Sync with God, I invited few young friends, with whom I work, to join. We found that Sync with God is an excellent platform that allows us to meet in one place at the same time to learn more deeply about God. The focused discussions help us think through and meditate on Biblical truths.
I believe Sync with God is a great way to bring young people together and, as a group, work through the lessons. The discussions help deepen our understanding, and the application questions help us respond to God's word. The [video chat] helps us to focus on each other, concentrate, and listen to others. The [text] chat allows us to continue conversations throughout the week, and the personal journal helps us reflect more deeply on the lesson. Sync with God truly is a wonderful experience and definitely a blessing from God to facilitators like myself.
I can’t wait for the app to be published so that I can use it with my other groups and encourage more young people to read and meditate on God's word, and apply it to their lives. I’m praying that, by God's will, Sync with God will soon be ready for everyone's use.
Testimonial from Hannah, a pilot group participant in Chennai, India:
I found Sync with God extremely useful. The lessons on the app were very much in sync with my real life experience. All of the lessons and sessions were quite useful. The face-to-face interaction is refreshing, as we mostly tend to catch up over video call. In this fast-moving world, where there is often not enough time, the video calls and face-to-face interactions are much appreciated. The personal journal questions help me relate what I have read from the Bible to my life, and the app is not just a portal where I read. The journal questions help me personally to reflect and find areas in my life where I can improve. I’m confident that Sync with God will draw more people to fellowship in God, understand the word of God, and apply the same in life. I hope and pray that we can use it soon.
Testimonial from Eric, a pilot group participant in Kansas City, involved remotely from Los Angeles:
The two best things about the Sync with God content were the story-based examples with both transcript and video options (one works much better than the other for different mobile scenarios), and the Biblical references that were narrative-based and topic-based. From a user experience perspective, the dropdown verses are effective if a first time user isn't familiar with the Bible Gateway mobile app.
The flow of content is great because even millennial-age group believers have questions about how the stories of Jonah, Jacob, and Joseph relate to them. Things are more relatable with stories from their generational experience.
The content makes it so that we don't make the tragic mistake of saying "well that's archaic how the marriage, employment, and government structures worked and the Bible is clearly written to archaic times", instead of seeing that these institutions just existed at the time and, if anything, God of the Bible brought about justice within some not only archaic but evil institutions.
A Sunday School teacher in my junior year of high school said he was an atheist. In college, I became a Christian through Campus Crusade for Christ after attending a College Life meeting where students loved me unconditionally. My college pastor taught me an overview of the Old Testament and God’s promises through His covenants with Abraham, Moses and David, followed by the New Covenant and its fulfillment in Matthew. That study connected the dots of God’s big story and unlocked my understanding of God’s plan in the Scriptures better than anything I have seen in my 49 years of knowing Christ.
In 1989 as a college missionary, I witnessed first-hand Biblical illiteracy and confusion that arose after the tele-evangelist scandals. Students were asking me in the dorms, “Why are there so many denominations? Why are people trying to get rich through religion?”
Christian researcher George Barna wrote that “churches expose Christians to scattered, random bits of Biblical knowledge. . . . In just a few hours those principles or truths are lost in the busyness and complexity of daily life. . . . Sufficient context was not provided, nor was a method taught that could enable them to analyze, categorize and utilize the principles or truths discussed in class. This inability to systematically apply Biblical truth produces a spiritual superficiality and immaturity reflected in the behaviors and attitudes of general society and in the Church as well.”
God spoke to me specifically to do something about the problem described in the paragraph above so I began to pray. One of the students I discipled was a Journalism major. He encouraged me to take two journalism courses. At the same time, my wife was in Bible Study Fellowship and she met the wife of the Dean of the Journalism College who was born on the mission field in Africa (his dad was still teaching in a seminary). Will Norton, Jr. became my mentor and encouraged me to get a Master’s in Journalism to develop writing skills for the purpose of writing a small group discipleship curriculum. We had a Bible study in his office for about ten years.
In 2008, we realized Sync needed to be online. From 2010 to 2013, I wrote a blog inspired by Luke 24. Like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, our hearts will burn and minds will understand the Scriptures when we study the Law, Prophets and Psalms and now the New Testament, in consecutive order (Luke 24:27,32,44-45). I explained chapters of Scripture consecutively in about 7 paragraphs for each blog alternating between these four divisions of the Law, Prophets, Psalms and New Testament (www.markpomeroy.com: 500+ blogs). Apostle Paul told the Ephesian elders in Acts 20 that he did not cease to proclaim the whole counsel of God night and day.
About six years ago, I met John Ward, a former senior level executive and eLearning consultant, who led a Christian non-profit helping churches use the internet more effectively. John was our Sync with God CEO until resigning recently because of health issues. He said typical online courses are geared to assess knowledge through testing. This model is inadequate for Sync because we need a collaborative, virtual small group so individuals experience spiritual transformation through questions and two-way dialogue.