VIDEO: Life Group Swap

By Josh Griffin

Hilarious new video from Saddleback's youth ministry leader training - replacing all of the students with leaders and all of the leaders with students. Made me laugh out loud several times. Enjoy!'

JG Read More

Guest Blog: Promoting Volunteers

By DYM Team

Like every other youth worker, I struggle to find volunteers!

Read More

The 3 Best Gifts Leaders Can Give To Students

By Justin Knowles

When it comes to small groups, there are 3 major gifts leaders and give their students. Not all gifts cost money. There are some meaningful things we can give to our students we lead:

Read More

Guest Post: Is The Lock-In Dead?

By DYM Team

You’ve ordered pizzas, booked the church gym, found volunteers crazy enough to stay up all night and planned a lock-in. Somewhere in the mix of sugar highs, junk food, over-the-top games and sleep-deprived delirium, these teenagers will be reached for Christ…or so you hope.

Read More

3 Reasons You Are An Awesome Leader

By Christopher Wesley

I'm an affirmation junky.  I need it to function or else I start to question my value and worth.  It's a problem I'm sure many people face, but it can be pretty isolating.  To address that desire I make sure that MY PRAYER LIFE is a priority and that I find ways to AFFIRM OTHERS.  

Read More

Topics: affirmation

Small Group Leaders Should Stop Talking

By Justin Knowles

I just started another round of small groups with a great co-leader and 15 high school guys. Pray for me. 

Read More

Why the Jewish Biblical Feasts Matter

By Rachel Blom

In my church in The Netherlands, we had a Jewish-Christian family. In the US, that’s probably not such a big deal, but it’s not all that common in The Netherlands. The mom and I connected at some point and she asked me why we as a youth ministry did so little with the Biblical Jewish feasts.

Read More

Topics: resources

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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:

Read More

Topics: games

Subscribe to Email Updates

Search Articles

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.

Blog Authors


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


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.



Follow DYM!