Staying in Youth Ministry a Long Time

By Josh Griffin

Our profession has a problem.

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Youth Pastor at the Olympics: Closing Thoughts

By Josh Griffin

All good things must come to a close.
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Taking Over: Evaluate Your Program

By Justin Knowles

One of the great disadvantages of a ministry that you are just taking over is that they’ve experienced severe program creep. Over the years they added this retreat, this event, this overnighter never at the expense of another existing program. What happens is that you’ve now built a massive youth ministry where no one can attend anything, you hardly have space to promote things and you honestly are just doing a lot of things “okay” instead doing a few things “well”. At some point you’re going to come in with a sharp programming scalpel and start hacking and slashing, but at this early step is to simply survey all that the existing youth group offers. List everything that your church/youth ministry offers to teenagers, be exhaustive! It’ll pay off as you come up with your new plans.

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DYM Games App Update: NEW GAME - Survey Says!

By Josh Griffin

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Couple Funny Videos to Enjoy Today: Christian Girl Instagram

By Josh Griffin

Just a couple of funny videos for you to enjoy today! Read More

Youth Pastor at the Olympics: Losing Perspective

By Josh Griffin

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Download Youth Ministry Podcast: Episode 297

By Josh Griffin


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GUEST POST: 6 ways to Build Trust with Youth Group Parents

By Josh Griffin

Like every youth pastor, I share a love for destroying things. Often, my decision-making is driven by whether or not something is funny. I still enjoy watching cartoons without my children present and I think bathroom humor always has it’s place. 

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Dig Through the History of Your Youth Group

By Josh Griffin

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Youth Pastor at the Olympics: Who Pee’d in the Water?

By Josh Griffin

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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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