Life Group LeaderTraining: Typical Night

By Josh Griffin

Here's a fun new video we played for our Life Group leader training - it was a huge hit! Enjoy ...

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Is Slow And Steady Best?

By Leneita Fix


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Topics: leadership

Why I don't hold lock-ins and you shouldn't either

By Jen Bradbury

If you look in Webster's dictionary, I'm pretty sure lock-in is defined as a youth worker's hell.

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3 Things We Can't Forget To Offer As A Leader

By Justin Knowles

I think one of the most difficult things is when it comes to leading a ministry is the fact that people are the ones you are leading. People are broken so they are not going to be perfect and they are going to make some mistakes. Regardless if you don't mind conflict or if you loath it, having a difficult conversation is something that is not ideal but because you are the leader you have to do it. Because you are the leader, you should want the conversation to be positive in the aftermath because we want people to grow and reach their true potential. When it comes to teaching students or volunteers we always want to see growth come out of it. My supervisor is one of the best at this. We adapted this idea from him in our ministry and it such a great way to have difficult but growing conversations.

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How To Deal With Angry and Emotional Parents

By Christopher Wesley

I have a tendency to take things personally.  And as an emotional extrovert it’s difficult for me not to get caught up in other people’s emotions.  This is great if you are part of a pep rally, but a challenge when dealing with emotional or angry parents.

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Don't Leave God Out

By Justin Knowles

As I was sitting in the DMV I was reflecting on a few things. As leaders grow and as you take a moment to look at your ministry and you want to begin to make adjustments its really easy to just go and do it. If you’re anything like me, you are constantly looking at your ministry, leaders, program, small groups, new volunteers, interns and students all at the same time and trying to figure out where to go next. It can be a little daunting right? 6 months ago we made a huge program shift. 4 weeks ago we launched small groups. These are huge things to take on and I’m sure you got something cooking as well.

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DYM Podcast: Episode 277

By Josh Griffin

Another week another show! Amazing!

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Balancing Pop Culture and Youth Group Fun

By Josh Griffin

Unless you have been living in a lead-lined cave the last couple of months, you've probably heard the song “Watch Me” with the accompanying dance moves "the whip" and "the nae nae."

But maybe you literally were in that cave and don't know what I'm talking about. I got your back! Check out this video of the cutest little dance crew doing "the whip" and "the nae nae" along with the song.


It’s tough to be "current” without at least passively endorsing something that might be questionable as a youth pastor. I'm still trying to find forgiveness for watching this years Video Music Awards. Hahhahahah!!!

In our youth ministry we do try to be culturally relevant … sermon series topics/titles (we're doing Squad Goals right now), funny bits, videos or games that we create. We do this because our strategy is for our program and environment be fun and welcoming to eliminate the distractions that push away non-churched students.

Our ultimate goal is for our students to hear the life-changing message of Jesus and hopefully a friend that they may invite as well.


SO I wanted to give you something fun to help you accomplish both of those things! The Whip/Nae Nae band wagon is in full swing for just a little while longer, and this game was such A HIT when we played it at youth group we wanted to share this game for FREE with you!

Feel free to use it if you feel like it fits.

DOWNLOAD "CHOOSE A MOVE: Whip or Nae Nae" right now for FREE!  

If you have any fun resource ideas we could create that jump on cultural that aren't totally sacrilegious (insert Miley Cyrus joke here) or if you already made one, reply and let me know!

Blessings as you serve student & Jesus this week!

Josh Griffin 
High School Pastor 
Saddleback Church

PS: I need to give a HUGE shoutout to AC, Adam and Travis for creating this freebie. I came back from vacation, played this game and said WE HAVE TO SHARE IT. They're geniuses ... I just get to send the email! Enjoy.

PPS: If you don't think that will work in your youth ministry context, no worries! DYM released 6 new resources today that may work for you.

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College Ministry Get To Know You Game

By Justin Knowles

Tonight is our college ministry fall kick off. We are expecting hundreds of college/young adults to come together and enjoy a great service, free food, human bowling and a dance party to kick off the school year. Our college pastor, Rachel, is what I call "The Queen of Community". She is the mastoer of getting people to meet each other and start conversations with random people without it being weird. It's mostly because she is very welcoming herself. Tonight we are having a little fun to get people up and moving, laughing and feeling a little more comfortable around each other. 

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Why you should meet with teens in public places

By Jen Bradbury

My church is just a few blocks away from Panera, which serves as my second office. On occasion, we hold our staff meetings there. I also regularly meet with adult leaders and students there. I do so for many reasons. As a youth worker, I want to be above reproach. This means that when I meet with a teen one-on-one, I ALWAYS do so in a public place. Panera is my default public meeting place.

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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.

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 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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