Guest Post: How to Deal with Crushing, Abject Failure

By Justin Knowles

If you're in ministry long enough, you're going to fail.  At some point, you're going to pour yourself into something completely, convinced of huge success, but the results will be anything but ideal.  If you're pushing the boundaries of ministry and of "what's possible", sometimes you're going to have one gigantic belly flop of a failure.

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Have You Joined The DYM Community On Facebook Yet?

By DYM Team

First of all, here is the link to join our Facebook community:

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What Do I Do With All This Info After A Conference?

By Justin Knowles

Another year and another round of Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention in the books. I don't know about you but conference for me are life giving because of all of the knowledge you receive and take in and all of the conversations you have with other youth workers, but it is a little overwhelming because you now have so much information the question is, "Now what?"

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Guest Post: Love on Your (Very Different) Volunteers

By Justin Knowles

Ten minutes before a Wednesday night was supposed to begin, I got pulled aside by a volunteer.

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Guest Post: Culture of Convenience

By Justin Knowles

Churches are notoriously bad about unintentionally putting up roadblocks for people to get connected to the church, and then the church workers get frustrated because of a lack of response. The church didn't list where and what it was; the church didn't preach on relevant topics or spiritual issues; the church used weird language that no one understands; or the church didn't take on the nuance of the culture surrounding the church in its ministry approach.

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Guest Post: Clearly Communicating to Teens

By Justin Knowles

The other night I had the opportunity of listening to a youth evangelist speak. The guys sermon was great and really reached our kids. Being a student of “the game” so to speak, though, every chance I get to hear other people speak I have a tendency to see flaws in their communication style. This isn’t a bad thing, because as I critique them I’m brutally honest with myself, “Is this something that I do as well?” Here were a few things that stuck out in this gentleman’s presentation that apply to me. They are also things, I believe every youth work can work on.

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Guest Post: Two New Ministries To Start To Help Your Ministry Grow

By Justin Knowles


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3 Ways to Encourage Your Youth Pastor

By Josh Griffin

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Budgeting Basics: Revenue Streams

By Jen Bradbury

Once you've translated your dreams into numbers, the next step in crafting your budget proposal is to determine where your ministry's budget will come from. Typically, youth ministries derive their budget from a combination of three sources:

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"There is Hope" Music Video - Mental Health Awareness

By Josh Griffin

Thought this music video from my friend and teammate AC was pretty terrific. It was created for our Church + Mental Health Conference a few weeks back. Feel free to use it in your context if it would help your church or ministry!

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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


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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