The Struggles Of Pride & The Things To Combat It

By Justin Knowles

If you have been in ministry for any amount of time we know we want to preach the Gospel. We want Jesus to change lives. We know people need to admit their need for a Savior. Pride has kept many people from accepting Jesus. Admitting sin and acknowledging that in our own strength we can do nothing to inherit eternal life is a constant stumbling block for prideful people. We are not to boast about ourselves; if we want to boast, then we are to proclaim the glories of God. What we say about ourselves means nothing in God’s work. It is what God says about us that makes the difference (2 Corinthians 10:13). We know this because we teach it.

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HSM Summer Camp Music Video 2016

By Josh Griffin

We're always trying to promote HSM Summer Camp well - this year we've unleashed a music video to help get the word out. Be sure to look for a tuxedo-clad Chip. He oversees all of our customer service here at DYM and is one of the best volunteers at his church, too!

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The Focus is On the Best Run

By Josh Griffin

I learned a new term this week from my friend Craig up at Rock-N-Water taught me. I'm up here this weekend at their White Water Youth Pastor Retreat.

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Why I Don't Do End-Of-The-Year Parties

By Jen Bradbury

In my community, it's officially the end of the year. Schools get out in the next couple of weeks and it seems that between now and then, there's a steady onslaught of end-of-the-year festivities, including parties. In some instances, students have parties in nearly every class to celebrate surviving another school year and to usher in the start of summer vacation.

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3 Tasks You Have To Add To Your Summer Calendar

By Christopher Wesley

Summer is near.  The weather is getting warmer, students are begining to check out of school and you notice all the events you've planned are getting sooner.  Doesn't matter if you've been in ministry a few months or several years, you know it's going to fly by.

While summer is a great time to change things up with your ministry, it can also be a missed opportunity if you don't develop a plan.  That means creating a calendar where you:

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Topics: summer calendar, summer

Why We Need Fun With Learning

By Justin Knowles

I got a the chance to guest post for my friends over at Stoked On Youth Ministry. Here is the post I did for them:

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HSM Summer Calendar 2016

By Josh Griffin

My friends over at the High School Ministry at Saddleback Church just released their summer calendar. Like I've presented for years so you could see design/activities, here's the inside look at it. Good stuff, looks like an awesome summer of ministry! 

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YS IDEA LAB: Navigating Youth Ministry Staff Transitions

By Josh Griffin


Thought this little video from Youth Specialties was helpful with some good points to help you navigate staff transitions at your church or youth ministry. Worth watching it if that is something you're going through!' Read More

How To Help Your Team Move From Doers To Leaders

By Christopher Wesley

Volunteers are valuable, but sometimes having a team of doers is not enough.  You need leaders to expand your capacity and take the ministry to a new level.  But, when you look at your team all you see is doers.  It's frustrating and you wonder, "Why won't people do more?"  

Before you start blaming your team for not stepping up, think about what you can do to get the most out of them by answer these 4 questions:

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Topics: leadership

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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.

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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