5 contributions new leaders make to your team

By Jen Bradbury

This year, I'm particularly excited about my adult leadership team because it includes a combination of returning and new leaders. Last week, we discussed five contributions veteran leaders make to your team. But the truth is, new leaders contribute valuably to your team, too. Here are five contributions new leaders make to your team.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Vanished - Left Behind Next Generation

By Josh Griffin

Coming to theaters September 28th, 2016 in a special 1-night only Fathom event  is a movie geared right toward the students in your ministry: VANISHED: Left Behind Next Generation.

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4 Rules To The Best Game Ever

By Christopher Wesley

Youth ministry games are fun.  They are an opportunity to set the mood, break the ice and grow community amongst your teenagers.  Some games are epic and then some are total fails.  While sometimes the outcome of a game is totally out of your control there are 4 rules that you should follow to prevent epic failure:

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Topics: games

Our Big Outreach Service & Opener Video

By Justin Knowles

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HELP Doug Fields Choose the Cover of His Next Book!

By Josh Griffin

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Triathalon Youth Ministry: Avoiding Burn Out

By Doug Fields

A question students’ wonder: “when is the next adult going to leave us?” Healthy churches need healthy youth ministries… healthy youth ministries require healthy leaders… healthy leaders stick around. Youth ministry is like a triathlon.

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Download Youth Ministry Podcast: Episode 299

By Josh Griffin

Another episode of the Download Youth Ministry Podcast. Enjoy the show - and please be sure to visit and thank our sponsors Orange, Leadertreks, YM360 & Azusa Pacific University. Just enough youth ministry so you don't feel guilty for listening! 

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5 contributions veteran leaders make to your team

By Jen Bradbury

One of the things I'm most excited about this year in ministry are my leaders. We met last week for training and I walked away thinking, “There's one word to describe that meeting: Holy.”

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Do You Have What It Takes To Lead?

By Christopher Wesley

Every youth pastor wants volunteers, but can every youth pastor lead those volunteers?  As the youth pastor you are not only responsible for leading the next generation, but leading those who serve alongside of you.  In fact leadership is a responsibility that God expects us to take seriously and not misuse.  To be a leader worth following you need to make sure you:

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Topics: leadership

How To Run Down Volunteers

By Justin Knowles

Walking into any ministry it is going to take a ton of work from a ton of different people. You have blueprint, you have begun to break ground, and now you need to make sure all the right people are in the right place. You walk into the ministry and you have a bunch of people who have been there for a while, you might even have some people who have been volunteering for longer than you were at school and had a full time job combined. You have to pick up the reigns and take charge and lead them. At the same time, you know that you are going to need to build your own team. Who you attract and work with might not be who is in the room right now. You know you will be actively seeking new people to join the new vision and live it out. You have to balance both if you don’t want to burn out. You need to work with the inherited leaders while at the same time going after new ones. It’s tough!

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Josh Griffin


Josh is the High School Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. He’s the co- founder of DYM and is the father of 4 who speaks a little, writes a little, Twitters a bit, and blogs a lot.

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Doug Fields

Doug Fields is a 30+ year youth ministry veteran who is the Author of 50+ books, Founder of Simply Youth Ministry, Speaker, Pastor, Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth & Family at Azusa Pacific University, and a Partner in DYM.


Rachel Blom

Rachel Blom is from The Netherlands originally and has youth ministry experience in several countries, both as a volunteer and on staff.


Justin Knowles

Justin Knowles is the Lead Next Gen. Pastor of Christ's Church of the Valley in San Dimas, CA. He oversees Jr. High, High School and College ministries at the church.


Colton Harker

Colton Harker serves college-age students at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. He loves Jesus, people, life change, and Netflix.


Christopher Wesley

Blogging serving at a Catholic Church. Chris Wesley has been in youth ministry for over 9 years as the Director of Student Ministry at Church of the Nativity in Maryland.


Jen Bradbury

Jen serves as the director of youth ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus and her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. She also blogs regularly at www.YMJen.com


Neely McQueen

Blogging about girls' ministry. Neely McQueen has been working with students for over 15 years. She works in Student Ministries at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, WA.


Leneita Fix

Author, Speaker, Director Ministry Development for Asian Youth Ministries. Love 22 years of working with youth and equipping others in the trenches in youth ministry.

Geoff Stewart

Geoff Stewart

Geoff Stewart serves the Jr/Sr High School Pastor at Peace Portal Alliance Church in Surrey B.C. and doesn't appreciate the jokes about being Canadian (unless they are funny of course).


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the founder of The Source for Youth Ministry and the author of over a dozen books like More Than Just the Talk and Connect.



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