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By Justin Knowles

So this Wednesday night is our Fall Kick-Off. I could not be more pumped.This is an invite night. We challenged our students to reach out to their friends who don't come to church and invite them to come hear the Gospel of Jesus. We go all out and have a great service planned. After service, we have a huge glow in the dark/neon dance party. It's going to be awesome. If you can pray for God to move in a mighty way, we would appreicate it. 

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Can it really all be catch free?

By Jen Bradbury

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Summer Camp Rules Street Magic with Mavid Lane

By Josh Griffin

Oh my goodness ... this camp rules video from our junior high ministry is pure gold. Enjoy Summer Camp Rules with street magician Mavid Lane!

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Join Other Youth Groups for National Evangelism Week!

By Josh Griffin

 

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Download Youth Ministry Webshow: Episode 275

By Josh Griffin

Just enough youth ministry so you don't feel guilty for watching. Thanks so all of our amazing sponsors [Orange, YM360 & LeaderTreks) and this episode - one more shout out to The Life Book (@lifebook or http://www.thelifebook.com) as well:

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POLL: How long will you be at your church from now?

By Josh Griffin

 

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WARNING: After the Youth Ministry High Comes the Youth Ministry Low

By Josh Griffin

It happens to the best of us. We get into a funk.

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5 Reasons Why Going To Them Is The Best

By Justin Knowles

One of my favorite things our team loves to do is go on campuses. Whether its for plays, sports or just to go hang at lunch, we try to take advantage of it. We try to go on a campus twice a week. Not every week allows this but that is the goal. It fun to see students where they are at and to meet some new ones. Here are 5 thoughts on the benefits of going on campuses. I'm stoked for this year because our junior high pastor is a freshmen basketball coach at one of the high schools and a good family friend just became the principal for another local high school. This year is going to be "the" year for our team for campus ministry. We already have a good "in" at two of the biggest schools we pull from:

You see them in their "natural habitat" -  We wouldn't like to think it but some students act different when they are at church than when they are school. The environments are different. The atmosphere is different. We get to see them where they are most of the day for most of the week so when you are on campus, take a look around and take some notes. We can learn something, both good and bad. 

Bonus points if parents see you - If you are at a game or track meet and you run into a parent, you earn more and more chips. What a great way to get to minister and connect with a family. Most parents love the fact that there is another adult who cares about their child and wants to see them succeed. Most parents don't mind another adult speaking a positive influence in their kid's life. Going on campus when parents are on campus is always a great deal.

You get to meet friends who you wouldn't meet at church - One of my favorite things is when I see a student on campus and they are with their friends and they have to explain to them how they know me. Most of the time, they are pumped to see our staff on campus and they will come up and chat for a bit with their friends. usually it's friends who never been to our church before and it is a great way to make that first connection.

The faculty gets to know you - The more and more you get on campus the more and more the staff at the school knows who you are and what you are about. Follow their rules, don't be "that guy". One of our staff is the freshmen basketball coach at a high school and it's great because we already have then in. We can walk on the field during football games and track meets and he gets us easy access because they know him already. Be friends with the staff and they will be a great asset.

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Don't Be An Isolated Leader

By Justin Knowles

I love being a leader. I really do. I get to hang out with, talk ministry with and do ministry with some pretty great people, but as we grow as leaders some have the tendency to become what I call:
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What's the catch?

By Jen Bradbury

On Saturday, my youth ministry gathered together to play the summer's hottest game: Slip 'N Slide Kickball.

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Josh Griffin

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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.

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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

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.

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Colton Harker

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Laneita 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).

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